12/04 18:52 CST Monique Billings helps No. 10 UCLA rout Hawaii 72-49
Monique Billings helps No. 10 UCLA rout Hawaii 72-49
By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Monique Billings had 16 points and eight rebounds to help
No. 10 UCLA rout Hawaii 72-49 on Sunday for its 17th consecutive victory at
UCLA (6-1) raced to a 19-2 run, and Billings scored 12 of those points ---
mostly inside the paint. The Bruins led 21-3 after the first quarter. Hawaii
(2-6) missed 10 of 11 shots in the period.
Billings also had three assists, three steals and two blocks.
"I would say it's the focus, having a will to dominate," Billings said. "...
Just be tough every possession."
Hawaii (2-6) had great trouble setting up plays offensively and breaking UCLA's
fullcourt press. Guard Sarah Toeaina led the Rainbow Wahine with 16 points, and
Briana Harris had 10 points, all in the second half. Hawaii suited up and
played just seven players.
Nicole Kornet hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter
to give UCLA a 45-17 lead at halftime. She and teammate Kari Korver had a
high-flying celebration afterward.
"It went in, it was fun and it was a good way to end the half," Korbut said.
The Bruins had as much as a 33-point lead in the third quarter.
Hawaii improved in the second half and outscored UCLA 32-27 in the third and
fourth quarters combined.
"We started to believe that we could at least complete with them, maybe not
beat them but compete with them," Hawaii coach Laura Beeman said. "I also think
UCLA held the reigns back a little to work their stuff, and that allowed us to
get in a little rhythm a little bit. I think we competed better in the second
half and didn't turn the ball over as much."
Hawaii played back-to-back Top-10 opponents in Mississippi State and UCLA,
giving it an opportunity to test its mettle against the country's best. Hawaii
must work on breaking a fullcourt press and its interior defense.
UCLA didn't get much out of the game except that it throttled an opponent it
was expected to and continued its home dominance at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins
have 21 straight wins over unranked teams at home.
UCLA is likely to stay in the Top 10 after its lone game of the week.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"Right after our practice ended ... the whole team and all of our scout guys
were totally cheering them on. They're a great bunch of young men, and we've
appreciated the support of their coaching staff. I honestly think there's not a
better men's point guard and women's point guard in all of college basketball.
It's just a fun time to be a part of UCLA basketball." --- UCLA coach Cori
Close on the success of the men's and women's teams and watching the end of
UCLA's win over Kentucky on Saturday
STAT OF THE GAME
UCLA held Hawaii to just three points in the first quarter, the fewest points
allowed in a quarter since the women's game instituted four quarters instead of
two halves last season.
Hawaii returns home and is off for a week before hosting Hawaii Pacific on Dec.
11. Then it's back to its usual schedule logging plenty of air miles as it
plays at Nevada and Boise State.
UCLA is off for another week before it hosts Michigan on Dec. 11. After that,
the Bruins play three consecutive road games --- at UC Santa Barbara, South
Carolina and North Carolina AT&T.