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Lady Tigers nip Bruins for sixth straight win

LOS ANGELES -- Taylor Turnbow walked into Pauley Pavilion knowing its storied basketball history and the great players who came before her. She was prepared, toting her camera to record the trappings of success on display.

When it was time to play, though, Turnbow was completely focused.

She hit the go-ahead jumper with 14 seconds to go, lifting LSU to a 55-53 upset over UCLA (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) that ended the Bruins' 10-game winning streak Tuesday night.

"I was taking pictures of the court during shootaround," she said. "I knew it would be a big win if we could take it."

Turnbow had a career-high 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Tigers (10-4), who extended their streak to six in a row. Latear Eason added 10 points.

Darxia Morris missed the potential tying jumper as time expired. She led the Bruins (10-1) with 16 points. Markel Walker added 11 points.

LSU improved to 1-2 against Top 10 opponents this season, having lost to Ohio State and Connecticut.

"It was a big win for us," said coach Van Chancellor, in his fourth season at LSU after spending nine years in the WNBA. "They really pressed us as well as any team we've played since I've been back in the college game."

Neither team led by more than six points in the second half, when the Bruins rallied to tie the game at 53-all on a jumper by Christina Nzekwe with 38 seconds left.

LSU improved its shooting to 42 percent in the second half, getting the ball inside.

"We got better looks there," Chancellor said.

Turnbow answered with the go-ahead jumper. The Bruins had scoring chances in the waning seconds, but they missed two attempts before Morris failed to connect on their final shot.

"I was off-balance, I was fading back, but anything is possible," Morris said. "It just didn't go in for me."

The Lady Tigers were 18-of-22 from the free-throw line, while the Bruins hit 7-of-13.

"The secret to winning is getting to the free throw line more than your opponents," Chancellor said.

UCLA was playing its first home game since Dec. 5. The Bruins were off to their best start since 1980-81, when they opened 12-0. Their 11-game home winning streak also ended in the teams' first meeting since 1984.

"You miss layups two feet from the basket, it's just our lack of focus," UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell said. "You're always going to struggle offensively when you can't make layups. This is something that's plagued this team all season. We've been able to do enough on defense to masquerade it."

The Lady Tigers took their largest lead of the second half, 43-37, on a 5-0 run. The Bruins answered with five straight points of their own to close to 43-42. They again got within a point on Campbell's basket before LSU closed the game on a 10-9 spurt.

"We pick and choose when we want to bring our intensity," Caldwell said about UCLA's full-court pressure. "There were many times in the second half when all five people weren't in sync."

The Lady Tigers scored the game's first seven points while UCLA made one of its first five shots and turned the ball over. The Bruins regrouped during a 9-0 run in which they tied the game and eventually took a 17-11 lead. They got balanced scoring as usual, with five different players scoring. The Lady Tigers had 21 turnovers to UCLA's 13 in the game.