No. 8 UCLA 81, Texas 74
AUSTIN (AP) _ UCLA’s game plan was simple Saturday night and Texas was helpless to stop it.
Maylana Martin scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the No. 8 Bruins’ bigger lineup dominated Texas under the basket for an 81-74 victory. It was UCLA’s seventh straight win after starting the season with two losses.
The Bruins, who started three players 6-foot or taller, scored 58 points in the paint, including two consecutive baskets by Martin in the final 1:31 as UCLA outscored Texas 8-4 over the stretch to squelch a Longhorns rally.
Texas (4-4) trailed 61-48 with 10:52 to play but pulled to within 71-68 with 4:11 left. Edwina Brown scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second half before fouling out with 1:31 left.
Marie Filman scored 16 for UCLA and Janae Hubbard added 12 as the Bruins shot 57 percent and attempted just three 3-pointers.
The Longhorns got little production out their tallest players up front, 6-2 forward Tracy Cook and 6-4 center Rashunda Johnson. The two freshmen combined for seven points and two rebounds and forced Texas to play a smaller lineup.
UCLA guard Erica Gomez, second in the nation with 9.25 assists per game, had eight despite playing just 28 minutes because of foul trouble.
Edwina Brown scored 14 points and Asha Hill had 11 for Texas, which shot just 39 percent from the field. Kim Lummus, a 47 percent 3-point shooter, was just 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
UCLA’s seven-game winning streak is the team’s longest since a similar spurt in the 1992-93 season. The Bruins travel next to defending national champion No. 2 Tennessee.