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Monday, January 17, 2011
Perfect start to Pac-10 play continues

By Blair Angulo

The UCLA women's basketball team is off to its best start in more than 30 years. Here's a brief look at the Bruins' latest weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 13: UCLA 58, Oregon State 46

UCLA jumped out to a 22-7 lead and again used its suffocating full-court defense to keep the Beavers at a distance. Darxia Morris had 16 points and Jasmine Dixon, who was named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 20 earlier in the week, had 11 and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Saturday, Jan. 15: UCLA 87, Oregon 57

Playing in front of a national audience didn't seem to bother UCLA. The Bruins led 45-18 at the half, shaking one of the nation's leading offenses. The 87 points were a season-high for UCLA (23 points above its average). Five players scored in double figures, two others had eight apiece.

Up next: UCLA travels to the Bay Area on Thursday to face No. 4 Stanford (14-2, 5-0), the team that snapped UConn's historic streak earlier this year. Regardless of the outcome, facing Stanford should give coach Nikki Caldwell a sense of how far her squad has come.