Women Win Pac-10 Tourney

UCLA's women's basketball team beat Stanford in overtime Monday to win the Pac-10 Tournament, 85-76. The championship gets them the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament...

UCLA trailed the entire game, including by 13 in the second half, but scored the final seven points in regulation to tie it and 15 points in overtime to upset 11th-ranked Stanford to win the Pac-10 Tournament Monday night.

Noelle Quinn, fighting off cramps in her legs, having to come out down the stretch of the game to get treatment, played an inspired game, leading UCLA with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while scoring the final seven points in regulation herself. She scored the tying basket, a turnaround jumper, with 5.8 seconds left.

Nikkie Blue, the quick senior point guard, had 14 points, 4 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

"I've never won anything in my life," Blue told AP. "Just cutting down the net means the world to me. I've never cut down a net before. All season, people kept saying UCLA could be a good team, UCLA could be a great team. We've been climbing up the hill and we're on top right now."

The other third part of UCLA's "Big Three," forward Lisa Willis had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals, and played like a warrior before fouling out in regulation with just a few minutes left. Willis was named the tournament MVP.

After the game, head Coach Kathy Olivier wore the net around her neck, and Blue jumped onto the scorer's table to cheer with UCLA fans. kissed the glass trophy.

"We never thought we were going to lose this game," Quinn told AP. "We kept chipping away, chipping away, plugging away. We showed them tonight what we could do. Hopefully we showed our critics."

The teams split their two regular-season meetings this season, each winning on their home floor. The 90-80 win by the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on January 27th ended the Cardinal's 14-game winning streak in the series.

It's the first time UCLA has beatn Stanford twice in the same season since 1987-88.


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