No. 19 UCLA women defeat Arizona 73-57
- Associated Press
- January 25, 2013 - 11:24 PM
LOS ANGELES - Atonye Nyingifa scored a season-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds and Kari Korver scored a career-high 14 points to lead No. 19 UCLA to a 73-57 victory over Arizona Friday night.
Nyingifa made 10 of 15 shots as the Bruins (14-4, 5-2) snapped a two-game skid to keep a share of third place in the Pac-12. Korver, a freshman starting in place of injured guard Markel Walker, made three 3-pointers.
Kama Griffitts scored a game-high 22 points and Davellyn Whyte added 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Arizona (11-7, 3-4).
Walker, who leads UCLA in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists, missed her first game of the season due to a back injury. Walker, a 6-foot-1 senior, sustained the injury during the Bruins' game last weekend against No. 6 Stanford.
Nirra Fields added 12 points and had four steals to help the Bruins rebound from their two road losses last weekend at Stanford and No. 7 California.
Alyssia Brewer had nine rebounds and Jasmine Dixon grabbed eight boards to give UCLA a 49-44 rebounding edge.
Despite missing all six of her shots and scoring only three points, Thea Lemberger sparked the Bruins by dishing out nine assists and grabbing five steals. UCLA improved to 7-2 at home.
Nyingifa's two baskets capped a UCLA 12-3 run midway through the second half. Kacy Swain's two free throws upped UCLA's lead to 56-44 with 11:52 to play.
The Wildcats cut the lead to 59-52 on Griffitts' 3-pointer with 9:08 to go but Nyingifa countered with two more baskets that increased UCLA's lead to double digits.
The Bruins, the No. 1 team in the conference in assists and steals, had 22 assists, 17 steals and forced 22 turnovers.
Griffitts made four 3-pointers and was 6 for 6 at the line. Erica Barnes added 12 points for the Wildcats, who have lost 10 of their last 12 to UCLA.
Korver's second 3-pointer gave UCLA a 12-3 lead with 14:26 left in the first half. The Bruins upped their lead to 20-7 following Brewer's basket with 9:34 to play.
Arizona countered with a 9-0 run. Alli Gloyd's two free throws with 7:19 left cut the lead to 20-16.
UCLA built its advantage back up to 33-25 after a basket by Nyingifa, but the Wildcats rallied down the stretch. Whyte's 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the Bruins' lead to 35-33 at the half.
Korver had 11 points and Nyingifa scored 10 and had nine of her rebounds before halftime. The Bruins shot 37.5 percent in the first half and out-rebounded Arizona 27-24.
Whyte led the Wildcats with 10 points in the first half as Arizona shot 30.3 percent.
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