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Washington State looks to end home slump vs. UCLA

Feb 7, 2008 - 3:21 PM No. 4 UCLA (20-2) at No. 17 Washington State (17-4) 10:30 pm EST

PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) -- After opening the season with 11 straight wins at home, No. 17 Washington State has lost its last two at Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

The Cougars will have a hard time getting back on track Thursday when they host No. 4 UCLA in a Pac-10 Conference showdown.

Washington State (17-4, 5-4 Pac-10) began the 2007-08 campaign 14-0 before suffering its first setback of the season to UCLA, 81-74, on January 12.

The Cougars have gone just 3-3 since their loss to UCLA, including their first two losses at home against California and Stanford in their previous two contests. Washington State has not lost three straight at home since the 2003-04 season.

UCLA (20-2, 8-1) has been on fire since losing to Southern California on January 19, winning four straight - including two on the road.

The Bruins continued their winning ways Saturday, posting a decisive 82-60 victory over Arizona.

Freshman Kevin Love scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds against Arizona, recording his sixth consecutive double-double.

Love has dominated during UCLA's current winning streak, leading the team to an average of 83 points over the last four games.