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Saturday, February 13, 2010
UCLA women top USC

By Pedro Moura

In a rematch of last month's fierce battle between the two teams, UCLA just plain dominated USC on Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion, 74-56.

The outcome was never in doubt. The Bruins opened up a 14-4 lead early on and held a 37-18 lead at the break.

Ten players had significant minutes for UCLA, and four Bruins reached double-digit point totals. No Women of Troy scored more than 11 points.

In the first half, USC turned the ball over 14 times, compared to UCLA's three. The Women of Troy were also thoroughly outrebounded, 44 to 29.

A bright spot for USC was the continued successful return of guard Jacki Gemelos, who had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in her third game this season. The redshirt junior had missed the first half of this season and the previous three years with knee injuries.

Gemelos showcased her scorer's mentality Saturday, seemingly willing the ball into the basket on multiple occasions in the second half. USC is short on offensive firepower, but Gemelos could be the late-season addition the team needs.

Notes: Next up in the crosstown rivalry is Sunday night's men's game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.