Updated Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 01:46 AM
LOS ANGELES — Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points and 14th-ranked UCLA pulled away to start the second half in defeating the Washington State women 78-52 Friday night for its fifth straight victory.
Thea Lemberger added 13 points, and Nirra Fields scored all 10 of her points in the first half for the Bruins (12-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-12).
UCLA improved to 47-7 in the all-time series, having won all 27 games played in Los Angeles.
Tia Presley, a former standout at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, scored 16 points to lead the Cougars (5-9, 1-2), who got 11 points from Lia Galdeira in losing for the fourth time in six games.
The Bruins stretched a four-point halftime lead into a 53-35 advantage to open the second half. Markel Walker scored six points, and Nyingifa and Lemberger had four points each in the 18-4 run that gave them control.
The Cougars never got closer than two points after Carly Noyes of Moses Lake made a layup to score their first points of the final 20 minutes.
Midway through the half, they cut their deficit to 59-43 on a layup by Presley, who was in the middle of scoring seven in a row for her team.
But the Bruins picked up where they left off, going on a 17-6 run that increased their lead to 76-49.
UCLA's defense converted 19 WSU turnovers into 31 points while holding the Cougars to 35 percent shooting. The Bruins shot 56 percent.
Other Pac-12 women's games
Oregon St. 57, at Arizona 48
Patricia Bright, who is from Phoenix, scored a team-high 12 points to help the Beavers (7-8, 1-2) defeat the Wildcats (9-5, 1-2). Jamie Weisner, a guard from Clarkston, added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon State.
Davellyn Whyte scored 19 points on 8-for-26 shooting for Arizona, which shot 27 percent from the field. Oregon State shot 35 percent.
At Arizona St. 60, Oregon 45
Janae Fulcher had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Sun Devils (9-6, 1-2) past the Ducks (2-13, 0-3).
Jillian Alleyne had 12 points and nine rebounds for Oregon.