Height was the difference. Fullerton freshman Brenda Martin, 5'11", took down 17 rebounds, Dunkle had 12 (plus a game-high 23 points) and Fullerton outrebounded UCLA 56-40. Fullerton's defense was not bad, either, forcing leading Bruin scorers Nash and Ortega into missing 27 of 37 shots.
So each team had won on its home court by five points. The next stop, March 11-13, is the Region Eight tournament of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, where UCLA and Fullerton undoubtedly will be the two top seeds and will probably meet in the finals. Two teams from that regional will go on to the nationals March 24-27 at Penn State.
After that, the two old high school teammates. Meyers and Dunkle, join the U.S. team again for a tournament in Korea, the Olympic Trials in Warrensburg, Mo., an Olympic qualifying tournament in Ontario and finally, they hope, the Olympics in Montreal.