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Pac-10 Women -- Down By 17 Late In Game, UCLA Rallies, Wins In Ot - - Bruins Outscore Wildcats 22-5 In Final 3 Minutes


LOS ANGELES - UCLA rallied miraculously from a 17-point deficit in the final three minutes and stunned Arizona 89-85 in overtime in a Pac-10 Conference women's basketball game yesterday.

Arizona led 70-53 after a jump shot by DeAngela Minter with 3:12 remaining before the Bruins stormed back.

UCLA forced six turnovers in the final three minutes in outscoring the Wildcats 22-5 to tie the score at 75 and force overtime.

Reserve Aisha Veasley, who had a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds for UCLA, hit two free throws with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 73.

Arizona took a 75-73 lead on two foul shots by Brenda Pantoja with eight seconds to go, but the Bruins tied it again on a running 12-foot shot by Tawana Grimes with three seconds left.

Veasley and Zrinka Kristich scored four points each for UCLA during the overtime period, when the Bruins outscored the Wildcats 14-10.

Adia Barnes kept the Wildcats close in the extra five-minute session with all 10 of her team's points.

Barnes finished with 32 points on 14 of 18 field goals and four of six free throws. Andrea Constand added 21 points and Pantoja had 15 for Arizona (3-2, 12-2).

Nickey Hilbert scored 18 points, Kisa Hughes had 14 points and eight rebounds and Kristich, Grimes and Erica Gomez had 12 points each for UCLA (4-2 Pac-10, 9-6).


-- No. 12 Oregon State, an international all-star team with two starters from Sweden and two from Croatia, is out to prove there is more to women's basketball in the West than Stanford.

"A lot of people probably expect Stanford to be the team again," said guard A.J. Dionne, the Beavers' lone U.S.-born starter. "But I think they also are looking at us to give them a good fight."

Tanja Kostic, a 6-foot-2 forward and the No. 2 scorer in women's basketball at 25.5 points per game, was Pac-10 player of the year last season and is a candidate again this season.

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