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Pac-10 women's tournament: UCLA crushes Oregon State, 60-44, advances to semifinals against USC

UCLA beat Oregon State both times in the regular season by a combined 47 points, so Friday's bout wasn't expected to be close. 

And it completely lived up to that expectation. The second-seeded Bruins crushed the 10th-seeded Beavers, 60-44, at the Galen Center to advance to the semifinal round of the State Farm Pacific 10 Conference women's tournament. 

The Bruins controlled this one from the start, going up 37-18 at halftime and then waltzing to victory from there. They held sizable advantages in points in the paint (32 to 18) points off turnovers (32 to 19) and steals (21 to eight). 

It wasn't pretty, though. Both teams combined for 56 total turnovers, setting the tournament record for two teams. UCLA had 23 of those while OSU had 33, which set the record for one team in the tournament.

Jasmine Dixon led the Bruins with 14 points and nine rebounds. Julie Futch had 13 points to lead OSU. 

The Bruins will face USC on Saturday. The third-seeded Trojans advanced to the semifinal round by beating sixth-seeded Oregon, 80-76. 

They split two games this season, with each team winning on its home court, but the rivalry has much more juice in it since Trojans Coach Michael Cooper directed an expletive at UCLA following his team's 70-63 win on Jan. 17.

--Baxter Holmes
 
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