Going from a game against their crosstown rival to playing the
Pac-10’s worst team, the UCLA Bruins couldn’t muster the same focus
It showed, too.
Darxia Morris scored 16 points and No. 10 UCLA took command with
an 11-0 run to start the second half, beating Oregon State 58-46
Thursday night for its fourth straight victory.
”We came out really flat,” said Morris. ”We need to pick it
The Bruins (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start since
the 1976-77 team opened the season with an 18-1 mark.
But coach Nikki Caldwell reminded them in a long conversation
afterward they can’t rest on their record and ranking.
”I wanted to see what their response was as to why our level of
intensity was different than it was just last weekend,” she said.
”This team has to understand no matter who they play, they’re in a
different role. Everyone is going to come at them with all they’ve
got. They can’t act like they’ve arrived because they
Jasmine Dixon added 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds,
Doreena Campbell had 13 points and Atonye Nyingifa 11 as UCLA won
its fifth in a row against the Beavers. The Bruins have won 12
consecutive regular-season league games dating to last season and
they matched their Pac-10 start from 2004-05, when they also won
their first four.
”We just had a lack of focus,” Dixon said. ”We dug ourselves
in this hole. We made a million turnovers and that took us out of
our game. We need to be the blue-collar worker and do the little
Sage Indendi scored 13 points and Alyssa Martin 10 for Oregon
State (7-9, 0-5), which has lost five straight. The Beavers
committed 28 turnovers and were outrebounded 31-17.
”It’s just our inexperience playing at this level. We are a
work in progress,” said Scott Rueck, who is coaching his alma
mater. ”The first half was our practice. It’s the first time since
we played Rutgers that we were pressured and it’s hard to duplicate
that in practice.”
Indendi had eight of her team’s turnovers.
”I’m one of those people who are killing us now,” she said.
”It’s just going to take discipline.”
UCLA’s run to open the second half – led by Campbell and Dixon
with four points each – pushed the lead to 41-23, the Bruins’
largest of the game. The Beavers answered with a 12-2 spurt to
close within eight. Indendi and Martin hit 3-pointers and Oregon
State broke UCLA’s full-court press that led to a basket by Tami
A basket by El Sara Greer drew the Beavers within seven before
Nyingifa scored four straight, extending UCLA’s lead to 52-41. The
Bruins missed four of seven free throws in that stretch. They had
The Beavers didn’t score over the final 2:20.
”Some people were intimidated, some people were really
excited,” Indendi said about her teammates’ reaction to playing a
top 10 team.
Oregon State recovered from a slow start to outscore UCLA 15-8
and trailed 30-23 at halftime. Indendi had six points and Greer and
Earlysia Marchbanks four each in the spurt, while the Bruins
committed six of their 13 turnovers.
They raced to a 22-7 lead, with Campbell and Markel Walker
leading their full-court press that helped force 16 turnovers by
the Beavers in the half.