“This was a tough one to lose,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We worked hard but we played in spurts. When we are focused we play really well, and when we lose focus, which we did in the last few minutes of the first half, that puts us down in a hole.”
Individually for Arizona, senior Joy Hollingsworth posted 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals, and junior Ashley Whisonant finished with 16 points four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Sophomore Amina Njonkou added nine points and seven rebounds, and junior Suzy Bofia posted eight points and six rebounds.
Junior forward Lindsey Pluimer added 23 points for UCLA.
The Wildcats cut the UCLA lead to 38-34 at the 17:15 mark in the second half on a jumper by Bofia, but the Bruins rallied with six-consecutive points for a 44-34 lead with 15:38 left.
Arizona trailed by 13 points with 4:50 left in the game, but rallied with a 17-5 run to cut the Bruin lead to 69-68 on a three by junior Jessica Arnold with 1:20 left to play. The Wildcats would not get any closer, as the Bruins sealed the victory down the stretch at the free throw line.