UCLA Women’s Basketball Destroyed Troy

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The UCLA Women’s Basketball team just beat crosstown rival USC, 78-73. Boom.

Before the game, USC was 12-0, but now their perfect season has been bRuined.

In their first meeting of their first Pac-12 Conference game, the UCLA Women’s Basketball team outlasted the USC Trojans in a battle at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins had led most of the game with the Trojans keeping it close, but a late surge boosted UCLA over USC.

The Bruins had trailed early, but got a boost halfway through the first quarter when Nirra Fields who turned up the production for UCLA. At halftime she led all scores with 10 points and ended the night with 19 points.

Monique Billings got into the action and dominated late in the game. She captured a career-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Jordin Canada also helped out with 22 points, 8 assists and 2 steals.

The Bruins were also strong on the defensive end as they limited USC to 38.0% shooting (27-71). In the first half, UCLA had only allowed 11 of 39 shots as the Trojans were an abysmal 28.2% from the field. The Bruins ended their night shooting 31-63 (49.2%).

The Bruins are now 1-0 starting Pac-12 play, but even though they start off with their crosstown rival, UCLA gets back into action rather quickly. The Bruins welcome the Oregon schools to Pauley with the Ducks playing on Saturday and the Beavers competing on Monday night.