Arizona rallies past UCLA

March 8, 2012 12:00 am

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Candice Warthen's basket with 20 seconds remaining put Arizona ahead for the first time and the Wildcats closed with an 11-0 run to beat UCLA, 61-57, in a first-round Pac-12 tournament game in Los Angeles.

Schenley High graduate Markel Walker's three-point play with 4:55 left gave UCLA (14-16) a 57-50 lead. But the Bruins didn't score again, and the 12th-seeded Wildcats (15-16) advanced to play No. 4 seed Arizona State in the quarterfinals.

Davellyn White, who scored the first five points in the closing run, led Arizona with 18 points. Warthen finished with 17 and Shanita Arnold, whose two free throws in the final second sealed the win, scored 14 points for the Wildcats, who won just three games in the Pac-12 regular season.

Walker led fifth seed UCLA with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rebekah Gardner added 21 points for the Bruins, who led 27-12 early and 33-30 at halftime.

Looking ahead
  • What: NCAA women's tournament selection show.
  • When: 7 p.m. Monday.
  • TV: ESPN.

Other tournaments

• Pacific-12: Jazmine Davis scored 23 points and Regina Rogers finished with 21 as Washington defeated Oregon, 72-56, in the opening game of the tournament in Los Angeles.

• Big 12: Casey Morris had 21 points to lead five Texas Tech (19-12) players scoring in double figures in an 81-58 victory against Texas (18-13) in the first round in Kansas City, Mo. Chynna Brown and Monique Smalls had 12 points each for the ninth-seeded Red Raiders.

• Conference USA: Eleventh-seed East Carolina (12-8) held off Tulsa's (13-15) comeback bid to end the sixth-seeded Golden Hurricanes season with a 59-49 victory in the opening game of the conference tournament in Memphis, Tenn. ... After leading for the entire first half, Marshall (16-14) fell to SMU (14-16), 53-52. Akil Simpson scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season to lead the Mustangs.

• Mountain West: Top-seeded San Diego State (23-6) rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the No. 8 seed, Air Force (6-24), 68-58, in the quarterfinals in Las Vegas. SDSU advances to the semifinals on Friday vs. fifth-seeded Wyoming.

• Mid-American: Central Michigan (18-14) used 43 points from four freshmen to defeat Ohio (14-18), 58-55, in the second round of the tournament in Cleveland. A basket by Jas'Mine Bracey along with another from Bradford gave No. 5 CMU just enough of a lead to hold off the Bobcats and advance. ... Senior forward Kim Davis scored six seconds left to give No. 7 Northern Illinois (14-16) a 61-60 win against No. 6 Akron (14-18) at Quicken Loans Arena.

First Published 2012-03-07 23:14:33

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