“We definitely keyed on McDavid coming in,” UCLA coach Cori Close said. “We tried to deny her the ball and not give her good looks.
“We were missing three of our best defenders today, but we had and other players really stepped up.”
The Bruins forced 19 turnovers and Pacific missed all nine of its 3-point attempts in the second half. The Tigers shot 31.7% from the field for the game. UCLA held a 42-40 edge on the glass and shot 36.2% from the floor.
The Bruins’ improved their all-time record against Pacific to 5-0.
Pacific: McDavid shot 3 of 10. She had been 15th in the nation with a field-goal percentage of 64.1.
UCLA: The Bruins had one starter, sophomore guard Lindsey Corsaro, and two other key players, junior guard Chantel Horvat and sophomore guard Kiara Jefferson, out of the lineup because of injuries.
HE SAID IT
“UCLA was dialed in better on defense in the second half and we weren’t able to get many good shots from in close and we didn’t hit our 3s in the second half. But we played them tough on the boards and we’re right there as a team.” — Pacific Coach Bradley Davis.
Pacific travels to Las Vegas to take on St. Francis College on Thursday in an opening game of the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament.
UCLA begins a two-game trip on Thursday at Georgia.
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