LOS ANGELES – Jasmine Dixon scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and No. 12 UCLA routed Southern California 61-42 Saturday in a matchup of crosstown rivals off to their best starts in years.
The Bruins (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10) have won 11 consecutive league games dating to last season and three in a row over the Trojans (10-4, 2-1).
Doreena Campbell added 13 points for UCLA, whose only loss to LSU on Dec. 28 snapped its 10-game winning streak to open the season. That was its best start since the 1980-81 team opened with 12 straight victories.
Ashley Corral scored 14 points for USC, which had its six-game winning streak end. Still, the Trojans are off to their hottest start since going 17-1 before their first Pac-10 loss in 1993-94.
USC's leading scorer Briana Gilbreath missed all 12 of her shots and finished with nine points — all on free throws — while playing in foul trouble. She came in averaging 14.5 points.
The Trojans shot a 28 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers in front of a big crowd, including UCLA's rowdy student section that noisily taunted the Trojans for their airballs.
After another turnover, USC coach Michael Cooper covered his eyes with his hand. The Trojans got clobbered on the boards, 43-32, with Dixon and Markel Walker doing most of the damage with nine each for UCLA.
Campbell scored the Bruins' first eight points of the second half, stretching their lead to 34-15. Gilbreath finally notched her first points of the game on four consecutive free throws five minutes into the half.
The Trojans never made a dent in their double-digit deficit, getting denied on numerous possessions by UCLA's defense.
The Trojans went 10 minutes without a field goal in the first half, when they trailed 26-13 at the break. The Bruins had eight second-chance points on nine offensive rebounds while controlling the boards, 23-16.
Coach Ben Howland and his men's team were on hand to watch UCLA's only ranked basketball team in action. The men are 9-5 overall.