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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Recap (Kentucky-UCLA)

Posted: Tues March 16, 1999 at 3:31 a.m EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Maylana Martin scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead third seed UCLA to an 87-63 victory over sixth-seeded Kentucky in a second-round West Region battle of the NCAA Women's Tournament.

Marie Philman had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Janae Hubbard contributed 13 and seven as UCLA (25-7) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1992.

Martin was a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line for the Bruins, who will battle Colorado State in the regional semifinals on Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

LaTonya McDole scored 16 points and Laura Meadows collected 15 and eight rebounds for Kentucky (21-11), which suffered its second loss to UCLA this season. The Wildcats, who were playing in their first NCAA Tournament in eight years, lost to the Bruins, 64-54, in the final of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on November 29.

Kentucky scored 12 of the game's first 14 points to grab an early double-digit lead but the Bruins went on a 16-3 run to go up, 18-15, with 7:26 left in the first half.

The Wildcats scored the next four points before UCLA reeled off 14 unanswered. Martin's two free throws gave the Bruins a 32-19 lead with 2:07 left before halftime.

The closest Kentucky got in the second half was 34-30 with 18:41 to go after McDole made a layup. But UCLA outscored the Wildcats, 35-13, over the next 10 minutes to take a 69-43 lead. The Bruins' advantage never dipped below 22 points thereafter.

Melanie Pearson chipped in 13 points off the bench for UCLA, which shot 47 percent (26-for-55) from the field and converted 32-of-35 free throws (91.4 percent).

Kentucky made just eight field goals (8-of-26) in the first half and shot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) for the game, including 5-of-23 (21.7) from 3-point range. The Wildcats also were outrebounded, 45-33.

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