LOS ANGELES, CA -- Despite a lack of focus, the No. 9 ranked UCLA Women's Basketball team was able to pull away to record a non-conference win over the visiting Cal Poly in its second matchup in two weeks against a top 10 Pac-12 opponent. As the second straight win for the Bruins, Cal Poly fell to 1-3 on the season.
Cal Poly came into the game ranking No. 1 in the Big West Conference in free-throw shooting at 80 percent (48-for-60, as they went 16-for-21 from the line.
UCLA established its largest lead of the first quarter at the 2:15 mark after a pair of free throws by Kennedy Burke to push them ahead 19-7. But a layup from Cal Poly's Gilbert followed by a free throw by Leaupepe cut it to 19-10 at the end of the period. The Mustangs were able to pull within 19-13 with just 18 seconds into the second quarter with a three-pointer made by Leaupepe.
Following up a run to the Sweet 16 from last year, UCLA went on to become 3-1 for the season. Seeking assertion, the Bruins went up 37-15 on a three-point shot made by Kari Korver with 3:39 to play, on the way to a 44-22 halftime lead. A little bit past two minutes into the third quarter, Wooden Award candidate Jordin Canada sinked two free throws to put her team ahead 50-24, before Nicole Cornet landed a three-pointd placing them ahead 70-42 before the fourth quarter.
Junior guard Jordin Canada was so close to a triple-double, but fell short of achieving this accomplishment just shy of one assist. She had team highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Additionally, there were two other UCLA players that notched double digits points. Teammates Monique Billings contributed 15 points and four rebounds, while Nicole Korney chipped in 14 points and five rebounds. Coming off the bench, Kennedy Burke was shooting 9-of-12 from the free throw line, allowing her to finish with 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals for the night.
For the Mustangs, Lynn Leaupepe had a team high of 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting. She also came away with five rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Hannah Gilbert had 13 points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying four steals for Cal Poly. This upped her career rebounding total to 514, passing Rona Bevien and Nancy Hosken for the ninth most in school history. Gabby Grupalo added 10 points, while senior forward Amanda Lovely had seven points along with nine rebounds.
Both teams seemed to have struggled with outside shooting. Cal Poly shot 22.2 percent (4-for-18) from behind the arc, while UCLA was only 17.6 percent (6-for-34). Highlights from the game came when Canada converted a three-point play to push UCLA ahead with a 27-15 lead with 6:56 remaining in the second quarter. This led to a 13-0 run for the Bruins over the next three minutes of play as they began to pull away.
Up next, the Bruins will face Iowa on Nov. 24, as Cal Poly returns home to look for a win as they host the 10th Annual ShareSLO Holiday Tournament with their first game on Nov. 25 against North Dakota State. Cal Poly is also holding a food drive at the tournament, encouraging fans to bring canned goods to the Mott Athletics Center for donation to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo.