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Dixon leads UCLA women over Saint Mary's 76-62

  • Article by: DOUG FEINBERG
  • Associated Press
  • December 15, 2012 - 3:45 PM

NEW YORK - Jasmine Dixon scored five of her 13 points during a run in the second half and No. 14 UCLA beat Saint Mary's 76-62 on Saturday in the St. John's Holiday Classic.

The Bruins play St. John's in the championship game Sunday. The Gaels face Tennessee Tech in the consolation game.

Trailing 49-48 midway through the second half, Dixon sparked a 12-0 burst that lifted UCLA (6-1) to the victory. She had the first five points of the spurt.

Jackie Nared finally ended the 5-minute scoring drought for the Gaels, hitting two free throws to close the deficit to 60-51.

That's as close as they'd get as Atonye Nyingifa had eight straight points to seal the win. Markel Walker had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bruins. Alyssia Brewer added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Danielle Mauldin scored a career-high 26 points while Nared added 17 to lead Saint Mary's (6-3).

Trailing 35-28 at the half, Saint Mary's rallied behind Mauldin. The junior scored 11 points in the first 10 1/2 minutes of the second half, including a free throw with 9:39 remaining that gave the Gaels their first lead since early in the first half.

The lead was short-lived as Dixon scored a layup and then had a three-point play to spark the decisive run. The senior forward, who missed all of last season with a right Achilles injury, is still working her way back. She only played 16 minutes.

The Gaels fell to 1-3 against the Pac-12 this season. They beat Oregon, but fell to Washington, Cal and now UCLA.

St. John's won the opening game of the tournament beating Tennessee Tech 58-46. Shenneika Smith had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Red Storm. Amber Thompson added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

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