Noelle Quinn scored 19 points and Lisa Willis added 17 in No. 23 UCLA's 76-63 victory over Clemson on Saturday night. The Bruins (4-2) used...
CLEMSON, S.C. — Noelle Quinn scored 19 points and Lisa Willis added 17 in No. 23 UCLA’s 76-63 victory over Clemson on Saturday night.
The Bruins (4-2) used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Tigers (2-6), who had won two in a row under first-year coach Cristy McKinney.
UCLA led by as many as 18 in the second half, but the Tigers cut the deficit to 11 on Maxienne White’s steal and layup with 5:10 remaining.
Clemson kept chipping away at the lead, and Julie Talley’s three-point basket with 4:12 to go left the game still in doubt.
But Quinn and Willis were too strong for the Tigers at crunch time. Willis’ steal and layup with just over a minute remaining sealed UCLA’s fourth straight win.
UCLA’s Lindsey Pluimer finished with 14 points.
Tasha Phillips, who averaged 20 points over the previous two games for Clemson, finished with 18 points.
Talley added 12 points.
UCLA struggled from behind the arc in the first half, going 1 for 8.
At No. 15 Arizona St. 78, Western Kentucky 64
Amy Denson scored 18 points to lead the Sun Devils (6-1) over the Toppers (5-1) in the title game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic.
Arizona State’s Emily Westerberg, from Central Valley High School, scored 12 points. Freshman guard Briann January of Spokane added 11 points.
Tiffany Porter-Talbert led Western Kentucky with 15 points.
At Arizona 78, Lehigh 58
Natalie Jones scored 22 points and Seattle Prep graduate Joy Hollingsworth had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting as the Wildcats (3-2) beat the Mountain Hawks (2-4) in a Fiesta Bowl Classic game.
Arizona plays Chicago State for the tournament championship today.
At California 71, Columbia 36
Ashley Walker scored 19 points as the Golden Bears (5-2) routed the Lions (2-3) in a Contra Costa Times Classic game. Cal plays UNLV for the title today.
Oregon St. 63, at Utah Valley St. 56
Kim Butler, from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Beavers (4-1) defeated the Wolverines (2-3).