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012-30-2007 UCLA Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/30/2007
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TUCSON , Ariz. (AP) ?C UCLA freshman Nina Earl had season-bests 23 points and 10 rebounds, including a pair of key free throws down the stretch to hold off a late Arizona rally for a 68-59 victory on Sunday.

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Earl had 10 of the Bruinsˇ? initial 15 second-half points, including a lay-in with 10:03 remaining to give UCLA a 57-39 lead.

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Arizona came back, however, cutting the lead to five on an Ashley Whisonant reverse lay-in with 3:28 remaining as it capped off a 14-2 run.

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Earl took the Wildcat momentum away with a pair of free throws with 3:10 remaining to halt Arizonaˇ?s big run. Tierra Henderson added two more charity tosses to extend the Bruinsˇ? lead to 63-54.

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Whisonant had a driving bucket with 34 seconds left to narrow the gap to six, but the Bruins secured the win with late free throws.

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UCLA (6-7, 1-1) had Lindsey Pluimer add 10 points and nine rebounds.

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Whisonant led Arizona (6-7, 0-2) with 17 points, while Tasha Dickey finished with 13 points and Amina Njonkou registered her fourth-straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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The Bruins took control in the opening moments of the second half when Earl had back-to-back lay-ups, followed by a pair of Regina Rogers inside buckets to go ahead 50-34.

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Earl, following a jumper from Whisonant, took advantage of a 3-on-1 break for a lay-in after rebounding a missed shot for a 52-36 edge. The Bruins out-rebounded Arizona 12-2 in the opening eight minutes of the second half.

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The Bruins controlled the middle of the court by outscoring Arizona 38-18 in the paint.

UCLA took advantage of a 10-0 run midway through the first half to go into the break with a 42-30 lead after shooting 53 percent from the field.

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Arizona will next travel to Oregon State for a game on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.
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