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Bruins Run The Ducks Out Of Pauley On National Television 87-57

After a somewhat lack-luster effort on Thursday night against the Beavers, Nikki Caldwell was hoping that the #10 Bruins would came back out to Pauley today and put together another 40 minute effort on national television just like they did a week ago against the Trojans on TV.  What transpired was UCLA absolutely embarrassing the Ducks on national television in a game that was over way before halftime.  Interestingly to start the game Nina Earl started in place of Markel Walker, perhaps to take some pressure off of Markel or to return to when Markel was a scoring spark off of the bench earlier in the season.  The strategy would pay off today.  Also, Rebekah Gardner did not play, and was wearing a walking boot on her right leg, so hopefully she makes a quick recovery, especially with a trip to the Bay Area coming up.

From 20110115WBB vs. UO

UCLA started off strong and never looked back, leading the game from start to finish.  UCLA jumped out to a quick 9-2 run thanks to some strong jumpshots from the UCLA guards.  UCLA went into the first media timeout with an 11-6 lead.  By just after the last media timeout of the half, a 26-7 UCLA run, which featured an 18-0 run blew the game open at 37-13, as the high scoring ducks went over 6 and a half minutes without making a basket.  UCLA closed out the first half strong, going into the locker room up 45-18.

It was a defensive clinic in the first half, as the "run and gun" offense of the ducks shot just 28% for the half with a 1-7 performance from behind the arc, while UCLA shot almost 54% in the half and made 21 first half baskets to just 7 for the Ducks.  UCLA's pressure defense harassed the Ducks into countless turnovers.  At the half, Atonye Nyingifa led the Bruins with 10 points. 

From 20110115WBB vs. UO

In the second half the Ducks seemed to handle the Bruin pressure defense somewhat better, and found their shot from behind the arc, but that didn't stop the Bruin lead from growing.  With the score at 46-22 in the opening minute of the half, UCLA went on a 12-2 run to take a 58-27 lead.  Midway through the half, Markel Walker, Jasmine Dixon, Atonye Nyingifa, and Darxia Morris took to the bench for the remainder of the game, leaving the last 10 minutes of the second half in the hands of Mariah Williams, Doreena Campbell, Rhema Gardner, Christina Nzekwe, Corinne Costa, and Nina Earl.  Even with the normal starters (minus Doreena) on the bench, the lead grew as high as 37 at 79-42 with 7:32 left, before the ducks closed on a mini run against the Bruin second string to end the game at 87-57.  For the half UCLA shot 51% while Oregon shot an improved 48%, though most of that came in those last 10 minutes of the game. Pictures provided by the Ironmonger-mocking B D.

When looking at the box score, only UCLA's performance at the freethrow line (8-17, 47%) could be a cause of disappointment, as everything else came up Bruins.  UCLA dominated the boards 43-32, did a great job taking care of the ball with only 15 turnovers while forcing a staggering 31 turnovers off of 18 steals.  A very telling part of the game was UCLA's 21 assists against 15 turnovers, while the Ducks were a very bad 9 against 31.  After the ducks exploded against USC on thursday with 15 made 3-pointers, they hit only 6 in the game today.  Surprisingly only 30 of UCLA's points came in the paint, as the team seemed to be hitting jump shots from all over the court.

From 20110115WBB vs. UO

On the day, UCLA had 5 players in double digits, with 2 more at 8 points for very balanced scoring.  Leading the Bruins was Markel Walker, bouncing back from a bad few games, and perhaps does well coming off the bench as a spark.  Doreena Campbell had 13 points, Atonye Nyingifa and Darxia Morris both with 12, and Jasmine Dixon with 11.  Christina Nzekwe finished with 8 and a team leading 8 rebounds, while Mariah Williams always seems to have her best games against the Ducks, with 8 points, 5 assists against just 1 turnover, and 2 steals.

With the victory, UCLA improves to 15-1 and 5-0 in conference.  This upcoming week now is perhaps the biggest week of the season.  UCLA travels to play #4 Stanford on Thursday up at Maples, who after a 2 game losing streak, have been destroying everything in their path.  UCLA will be giving up size at almost every position and player star rankings, while playing in front of a large home crowd.  UCLA may not be expected to win the game but MUST keep the game close to prove they belong amongst the top of the conference (though a win would of course be great, a win at Pauley is much more likely).  Given the tough task at hand on thursday, it makes the game at Cal on Saturday a must win to get at minimum a split on the road trip.

<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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