LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon women’s basketball team saw it’s double-digit lead slip away late at UCLA as the Ducks lost, 88-83, to the Bruins on Friday night inside Pauley Pavilion.
The Ducks (9-7, 0-5 Pac-12) shot 36 percent from the field while the Bruins (9-9, 3-3) shot 50.8 percent in the game.
Katelyn Loper finished with 19 points to lead the Ducks while Ariel Thomas chipped in 15. Jillian Alleyne had another big night for the Ducks, scoring 15 points to go with a season-high 20 rebounds.
Alleyne has posted 12 straight double-doubles and 14 this season for the Ducks. The sophomore has 26 in her career. Danielle Love had eight points, four rebounds and five assists in her return from a concussion suffered against Oregon State last Saturday.
UCLA’s Atonye Nyingifa had 34 points to pace the Bruins. Corinne Costa had a team-high 13 rebounds.
The Ducks were up 13, at 77-64, with 6:27 left before UCLA scored 13 unanswered points to tie it up, 77-77, with 4:07 left to play. Following a layup by Rowe, UCLA’s Thea Lemberger hit a three-pointer to give the Bruins their first lead of the second half, 80-79, with 3:44 on the clock.
After a couple free throws, Nyingifa hit a runner in the lane to give UCLA an 84-81 lead with 1:10 remaining.
Thomas came up with a clutch steal and score to make it an 84-83 UCLA lead with 40 seconds left. The Ducks followed on the ensuing possession and Nyingifa hit both free throws to put the Bruins back up three, 86-83, with 31.9 seconds on the clock.
After a contested missed layup, the Ducks fouled again, putting Lemberger at the line. She hit both to ice the game and the comeback win for UCLA. Lemberger finished with 25 points, including six three-pointers.
Oregon led by as much as nine points in the first half before UCLA rallied back to tie the game at 36-36 with 2:56 left before halftime.
The Bruins led by two before Loper banked in a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer. She took a pass from Thomas about eight feet beyond the three-point line and fired it up off the glass and in. It was her first three-pointer of the game after missing her seven attempts.
It was as close as a one-point game at 52-51 with 15:50 left in the second half. But the Ducks responded with a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 62-51 lead after Liz Brenner knocked down her second career three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 13:34 remaining.
Loper kept the Ducks up in the second half as she scored eight straight Oregon points to make it a 70-62 lead with 10:16 left. Loper hit four of her first five three-point attempts in the second half.
UCLA POSTGAME NOTES: Jillian Alleyne posted her 26th career double-double…It was also her 12th straight double-double and 14th this season…Liz Brenner hit a three-pointer in the second half as the shot clock expired, the second made three of her career…UCLA had just seven players suited up for the game…The Ducks entered the game leading the Pac-12, shooting 74.5 percent at the free throw line…Oregon shot just 42.1 percent (8-of-19) at the line against the Bruins.