UCLA: Erica Tukiainen

Halftime: UCLA 26, N.C. State 25

March, 21, 2010
UCLA's defense was missing for much of the first half, but when it finally arrived, the difference in intensity was palpable.

No. 8 seed UCLA closed the half on a 10-0 run to head into the break up 26-25 against No. 9 seed N.C. State in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament. The Wolfpack did not score in the final 3:18 of the half.

The Lady Bruins trailed by six with a minute and a half remaining, but a Doreena Campbell layup, a Erica Tukiainen 3-pointer and another Campbell layup gave UCLA the lead.

N.C. State led by as many as nine, but for the most part, the game has been evenly contested. Both teams have 11 turnovers and 17 rebounds.

Women's basketball routs USC

February, 13, 2010
The UCLA women's basketball team responded to USC coach Michael Cooper's controversial comments with two words of its own Saturday afternoon.

Take that.

The Bruins avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans by the way of a 74-56 victory at Pauley Pavilion. As UCLA walked into its the locker room with a 19-point lead at the half, a Fox Sports Net sideline reporter interviewed Cooper.

"What a crowd," he said with a smile as he stared into the stands.

The announced crowd of 8,006 was the fifth-largest home crowd in UCLA women's basketball history. Perhaps Cooper's now infamous postgame remarks have spiced up the crosstown rivalry.

Erica Tukiainen, Jasmine Dixon and Markel Walker each had 13 points for the Bruins (16-7, 9-3 Pacific 10 Conference).
Make that two losses for UCLA’s basketball teams this weekend.

Unlike the men’s team Saturday, the women’s team held a lead before falling to USC, 70-63, at Galen Center on Sunday afternoon.

Senior guard Erica Tukiainen hit a 3-pointer with 10 minutes remaining to hand the Bruins a seven-point lead, but poor free-throw shooting doomed Nikki Caldwell’s squad at the end.

UCLA (10-6, 3-2 Pac-10) was only 9-of-20 from the line.

USC (10-6, 4-1), meanwhile, was 24-of-27 on free throws and closed the game on a 21-7 run.

Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath had 24 and 19, respectively, for the Women of Troy. Tukiainen led the Bruins with 14.



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