Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
|From Pac10 Tournament Day 1|
UCLA faced the #10 seeded Beavers, who after winning only 2 pac-10 games all year, surprised Washington in the play-in game on Thursday night. When the game tipped off, i was a few miles away at the Staples center witnessing our second half implosion. While the mens team was struggling, the womens team opened up the game strong against a very over-matched Beaver team. UCLA started the game on an 13-3 run. With just under 11 minutes left in the first half, the score stood at 19-9, with Julie Futch making all 3 3s for OSU. UCLA preceded to go on a 8-0 run to push the lead to 27-9. UCLA closed out the first half with a 37-18 lead. UCLA's pressure defense harassed OSU all game long. For the first half, OSU had an astounding 19 turnovers against only 15 shots attempted, making only 5. UCLA shot 52% in the first half.
During halftime, the mens game went final, and me and 5 other band members packed up our stuff, hurried outside, and grabbed a cab over to Galen to join up with the womens band. A 3 by Erica Tukiainen at 18:29 gave UCLA it's largest lead of the day 42-18. With about 9 minutes remaining in the game OSU had drawn with 14, at 46-32, but UCLA pushed it's lead back up to 22 points before taking all of the starters out and getting Allison Taka into the game with under 3 minutes left. OSU scored a few meaningless garbage buckets for the final score of 60-44. OSU actually outshot UCLA in the second half 45%-32%
|From Pac10 Tournament Day 1|
For the game, OSU actually shot 40% which is high for a UCLA defense to allow. What negated all of that was a Pac-10 tournament record 33 turnovers by Oregon State, thanks in large part to also a Pac-10 tournament record 21 steals from UCLA. UCLA had a rather good day shooting from 3 (5-11), with Erica Tukiainen going 3-4. UCLA outrebounded OSU 33-24, and took 18 more shots than OSU due to turnovers and 17 offensive rebounds. Really the only complaint for UCLA is having 23 turnovers themselves.
The Bruins had 2 players in double digits, who were the usual suspects. Jasmine Dixon had 14 points and 9 rebounds, and Markel Walker scored 10. Darxia Morris didn't have a good shooting game, going 0-4, but made up for it dishing out 8 assists.
All top four seeds advanced today. #1 Stanford will take on #4 Cal in the first game tomorrow, followed by #2 UCLA vs #3 USC, creating an all California, all rivalry semifinals day. USC won today 80-76, creating the rubber match tomorrow. It's unfortunate that USC gets teh home court advantage, as UCLA has yet to beat USC at the Galen center, but UCLA honestly is playing better basketball right now, despite the fact that USC's roster is full of talent.
The game tomorrow will be tough, as both teams will come out full of passion, UCLA due to the loss at Galen, USC due to the loss at Pauley. Both teams need the win to help in NCAA tournament seeding. The one factor that might help UCLA, is that USC's roster goes only 8 deep, and they had to play 2 starters over 30 minutes, including 36 minutes for their start Ashley Corral, whereas UCLA had no player play more than 26 minutes, as Nikki was able to keep our starters well rested for tomorrows game. The game is set for 5pm, and will be televised on FSN, so perhaps there can be a game-3 game thread tomorrow. I'll be at the game tomorrow cheering the Bruins on.