LOS ANGELES -- Rebekah Gardner scored 14 points to help UCLA (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) beat Montana State 54-44 on Sunday.
Antoyne Nyingifa added 11 points for the Bruins (7-0), who outrebounded the Bobcats 43-29.
Montana State (2-7) put together a 7-0 run to trim UCLA's lead to 46-40 with 4:08 left. Lyndi Seidensticker capped the surge with a 3-pointer.
Gardner followed with consecutive layups to restore the Bruins' double-digit lead at 50-40.
Chelsea Banis had 16 points and Katie Bussey added nine for Montana State, which stayed close despite shooting 30 percent from the field.
UCLA opened the second half with an 8-0 run, increasing its lead to 32-14 on Markel Walker's jumper.
The Bruins went 8 for 21 from the free-throw line.