10:00 PM ET, January 13, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Going from a game against their crosstown rival to playing the Pac-10's worst team, the UCLA Bruins couldn't muster the same focus and enthusiasm.It showed, too.Darxia Morris scored 16 points and UCLA (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) took command with an 11-0 run to start the second half, beating Oregon State 58-46 Thursday night for its fourth straight victory."We came out really flat," Morris said. "We need to pick it up."The Bruins (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start since the 1976-77 team opened the season with an 18-1 mark.But coach Nikki Caldwell reminded them in a long conversation afterward they can't rest on their record and ranking."I wanted to see what their response was as to why our level of intensity was different than it was just last weekend," she said. "This team has to understand no matter who they play, they're in a different role. Everyone is going to come at them with all they've got. They can't act like they've arrived because they haven't."Jasmine Dixon added 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, Doreena Campbell had 13 points and Atonye Nyingifa 11 as UCLA won its fifth in a row against the Beavers. The Bruins have won 12 consecutive regular-season league games dating to last season and they matched their Pac-10 start from 2004-05, when they also won their first four."We just had a lack of focus," Dixon said. "We dug ourselves in this hole. We made a million turnovers and that took us out of our game. We need to be the blue-collar worker and do the little things."Sage Indendi scored 13 points and Alyssa Martin 10 for Oregon State (7-9, 0-5), which has lost five straight. The Beavers committed 28 turnovers and were outrebounded 31-17."It's just our inexperience playing at this level. We are a work in progress," said Scott Rueck, who is coaching his alma mater. "The first half was our practice. It's the first time since we played Rutgers that we were pressured and it's hard to duplicate that in practice."Indendi had eight of her team's turnovers."I'm one of those people who are killing us now," she said. "It's just going to take discipline."UCLA's run to open the second half -- led by Campbell and Dixon with four points each -- pushed the lead to 41-23, the Bruins' largest of the game. The Beavers answered with a 12-2 spurt to close within eight. Indendi and Martin hit 3-pointers and Oregon State broke UCLA's full-court press that led to a basket by Tami Brown.A basket by El Sara Greer drew the Beavers within seven before Nyingifa scored four straight, extending UCLA's lead to 52-41. The Bruins missed four of seven free throws in that stretch. They had 21 turnovers.The Beavers didn't score over the final 2:20."Some people were intimidated, some people were really excited," Indendi said about her teammates' reaction to playing a top 10 team.Oregon State recovered from a slow start to outscore UCLA 15-8 and trailed 30-23 at halftime. Indendi had six points and Greer and Earlysia Marchbanks four each in the spurt, while the Bruins committed six of their 13 turnovers.They raced to a 22-7 lead, with Campbell and Markel Walker leading their full-court press that helped force 16 turnovers by the Beavers in the half.
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