Updated at: 02/01/2013 11:37 PM
By BETH HARRIS
(AP) LOS ANGELES - Markel Walker had 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and No. 18 UCLA beat 22nd-ranked Colorado 62-46 on Friday night for the Bruins’ third straight victory.
Jasmine Dixon grabbed 10 rebounds in helping the Bruins (16-4, 7-2 Pac-12) control the boards 44-29 against the league’s second-best rebounding team. Walker bounced back after having just two points in 19 minutes in a win against Arizona State last weekend.
Brittany Wilson scored 12 points and Chucky Jeffery added 11 points for the Buffaloes (15-5, 4-5), who lost their third in a row against a ranked opponent on the road. The Buffs were swept by California and Stanford last weekend, the two teams that have accounted for four of their five losses.
The Bruins committed a season-high 29 turnovers, including nine in the first seven minutes of the second half when they didn’t miss a shot or a free throw. UCLA was perfect from the floor until freshman Kari Korver missed a 3-pointer at 9:44.
Despite the Bruins’ sloppiness, Colorado got no closer than 11 points in the second half. The Buffs had 11 steals but they couldn’t overcome 29 percent shooting. Walker and Dixon teamed to give UCLA a 36-22 edge in paint points and the Bruins’ bench outscored Colorado’s reserves, 16-9.
Alyssia Brewer had 10 points and seven rebounds for UCLA despite sitting out much of the second half with a bruised rib.
Colorado raced to an 8-2 lead to open the game before UCLA switched to a smaller, faster lineup. The change launched the Bruins on a 23-3 run that gave them a 25-11 lead. Walker had 11 points and six rebounds in the half, and fed her teammates for baskets when she wasn’t scoring.
The Buffaloes made just one field goal over the final 14:21 of the half, when they trailed 29-15 at the break. They shot 6 of 20 from the floor, 1 of 8 from 3-point range and had 11 turnovers. Colorado’s 15 points tied the fewest allowed in a half by a UCLA opponent this season.
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