CHARLESTON, W.Va. >> Freshman Jordin Canada scored a season-high 31 points to lead UCLA to a 62-60 win over West Virginia for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship Saturday.
Canada was the only double-figure scorer for the Bruins (19-18) and was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
UCLA came from six points down to take a 57-53 lead on Kelli Hayes’ layup with 3:19 remaining.
After Linda Stepney’s weaving layup with 39 seconds remaining brought the Mountaineers within 58-57, Canada still had some work to do.
She made a layup with 22 seconds left, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, was fouled and made two free throws for a 62-57 lead.
Averee Fields led West Virginia (23-15) with 17 points. Bria Holmes added 14 and Stepney scored 10.