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No. 4 Stanford 61, UCLA 59

February 12, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Vanessa Nygaard and Kate Starbird scored 19 points each Sunday and No. 4 Stanford held off UCLA for a 61-59 victory, the Cardinal’s 12th straight.

UCLA’s Erica Gomez missed a 3-point shot with three seconds remaining that could have tied the game and was fouled after the shot, with one second left.

Gomez, a freshman, made the first free throw to draw UCLA within two points, but in her effort to miss the second attempt, she failed to hit the rim. Stanford, which had led 60-52, then inbounded the ball and time ran out.

Jamila Wideman and Olympia Scott added eight points apiece and Wideman had seven assists for Stanford (18-2, 11-0 Pac-10), a winner of 20 straight conference games dating to last year.

Nickey Hilbert led UCLA (10-10, 5-6) with 18 points, while reserve Aisha Veasley had 12 and Tawana Grimes 10. Zrinka Kristich had 11 rebounds to lead the Bruins to a 39-29 advantage off the boards.

Stanford was ahead 60-52 when the Bruins scored six straight points _ all by Hilbert _ to make it 60-58 with 30 seconds left.

Wideman made one free throw with 10 seconds to go, but missed the second and UCLA got the rebound. Then came the potential game-tying shot by Gomez and the ensuing foul.

The game was played before a crowd of 5,512 at Pauley Pavilion, setting a UCLA record for a regular-season women’s game. The old record was 5,133 who attended a game against Southern California on March 9, 1983.

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