No. 10 UCLA 58, Oregon St. 46

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

and enthusiasm.

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

up.”

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

haven’t.”

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

things.”

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

Brown.

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

21 turnovers.

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.