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Best Start Since 1986: UCLA Dominates UC Davis 65-49

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

From 20101121WBB vs UCD

UCLA took on a 3-0 UC Davis basketball team after an emotionally and physically draining double OT victory over #12 Notre Dame thursday night.  Before the game, there was a quick ceremony where Nikki Caldwell presented Doreena Campbell the game ball from the Notre Dame game where she became the 24th Bruin to eclipse the 1000 career point mark. 

UC Davis had already taken down one Pac-10 team, Washington St 77-38, so UCLA could not afford to come out flat.  A minute into the game, UC Davis held a 3-2 lead, but that would be the last time the Aggies would lead in the game.  A 9-0 run for UCLA gave the Bruins an 11-3 lead, though UC Davis responded with a 10-2 run to tie up the game at 13.  It was at this point that everyone in stadium who had never seen the Aggies play before realized that they were a live and die by the 3 type of team, as they often had 4 if not all 5 of their players passing around the perimeter, looking for an open 3-point shot.  Davis was hitting enough 3s early to keep the game close, at 17-16 for the Bruins with 7 and a half remaining in the first half, but then Davis' shooting went cold, and UCLA went on a 13-0 run to take a comfortable 30-16 lead, before going into the locker room up 32-21 at half. 

UCLA shot over 56% in the first half to just 36% for the aggies who didn't attempt a single first half freethrow.  Davis put up 16 3-point attempts in the first half, making only 5 of them.

From 20101121WBB vs UCD

In the second half, UCLA continued to dominate as the Davis offensive "strategy" floundered, going on a 13-3 run to take a 45-24 lead, their largest of the game with 15 minutes remaining.  From there, UCLA started to get sloppy with their passing turning over the ball in large amounts, while Davis not only started to hit 3s again, but also discovered that shooting in the paint IS allowed.  Davis got as close as 53-41 with 5 and a half left, but UCLA's bench was able to ensure that the score would get no closer, and the Bruins coasted to a comfortable, if maybe turnover filled 65-49 victory.

From 20101121WBB vs UCD

4 Bruins finished in double digits, and something that is rare for me to write, Jasmine Dixon was not the leading scorer.  Darxia Morris led the way with 14 points.  Despite 5 turnovers, she also had 7 assists, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds.  Jasmine Dixon had 13 points, but surprisingly had only 1 rebound, well below her average, as she seemed perhaps tired today after thursday night.  Atonye Nyingifa continued to impress with 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Doreena Campbell had 10 points.  There were not too many minutes for the freshmen today, though both Corinne Costa and Rhema Gardner had a basket each.  Mariah Williams and Nina Earl seem hesitent to shoot, as in 21 combined minutes they went 0-1 from the field.  They both present good defense and hustle on the court, hopefully they can find some confidence in their shot, especially Nina having been a former starter.  Pictures from the game as always provided by the amazing B D.

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Looking at the box score, UCLA had one glaring problem which was 29 turnovers which turned into 25 points for UC Davis.  While Davis' increased pressure in the second half accounted for some of the turnovers, many were ill advised passes into the paint to try and find a player near the basket.  If UCLA could cut down on so many turnovers, and improve their 3 point shooting (1-7 today), this team could be VERY dangerous.  UCLA's defense would not be outdone however, forcing 32 turnovers, scoring 33 points off of them.  UCLA unsurprisingly dominated the boards 36-19.  Davis attempting a horrifying 33 3-pointers (making 9) compared to only 13 shots inside of the arc.  UCLA has attempted 33 3-pointers in 4 total games, by comparison.  UCLA, when they weren't turning the ball over, shot a very strong 54% to only 37% for Davis, and had one of their better days at the line, going 10-14.

Around the Pac-10, USC got destroyed by #5 Duke on the road on monday before coming back today to destory Long Beach State.  Stanford has won 2 games this week by surprisingly narrow scores, ASU lost big on the road at #4 Tennessee, while Cal dropped a double OT game yesterday to New Mexico.  Finally, OSU has opened up with a surprising 3-0 record.  Despite playing cream-puff teams, OSU was left for dead in the water with a fired coach and a roster decimated by players leaving left and right to escape a toxic program.  While OSU probably will finish last in the pac-10 this year, it is still a testament to their new coach on a surprising start.  UCLA's victory today marked the first 4-0 start for the Bruins since 1986, yet another record Nikki can put under her belt.  UCLA takes the week off before playing Temple at home next Sunday at 2pm.  This is one of UCLA's two big non-conference matches, so if you're close to Pauley, please try your best to come out and support the team, they deserve crowds bigger than the 900+ they had on hand today.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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