Jordin Canada led the Bruins past the Arizona State Sun Devils this afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. Canada scored 16 points and had 10 assists to pick up the double-double, but this game was a team effort.
The first quarter was a battle. There were eight lead changes and two tie scores in just this quarter. Arizona State got out to a quick lead when they went up by 6 with eight minutes left. That would be the Sun Devils’ biggest lead of the game.
The last lead change of the quarter and, in fact, of the rest of the game would occurr when Monique Billings scored on a layup with 1:04 to go in the quarter.
The Bruins opened up a double-digit lead in the second quarter and led by 12 at the half. After the half, the Sun Devils started chipping away at the Bruins’ lead and eventually cut it to just 5.
Robbi Ryan hit a three early in the fourth quarter to make it a two-point game, but Canada put UCLA back up by four. Yet, the Sun Devils kept coming. Sophia Elenga got ASU within two again with 8:25 to go.
Lajahna Drummer pretty much ended the Sun Devil threat when she put the Bruins up by four again with about 7:30 left. The Bruins would eventually re-take a double-digit lead with 36 seconds to go. A late three by Ryan resulted in a final score of 71-63.
While Canada led all scorers with 16 points, Drummer put up 15 and Billings added 14. Michaela Onyenwere had 12 points, despite only playing 18 minutes off the bench.
The win moves the Bruins to 12-2 in the Pac-12 and lets them keep pace with Oregon, who won today. Stanford, who was also tied with UCLA entering the weekend, is currently playing Colorado.