To put it bluntly, it was not a good weekend in the world of UCLA basketball.

A day after Ben Howland’s squad lost in embarrassing fashion to the Trojans in Pauley Pavilion, Nikki Caldwell’s team came up short against crosstown rival USC at the Galen Center, losing 70-63 in a game riddled with mistakes by the Bruins.

Although UCLA out-rebounded the Women of Troy and shot better from the field, the Bruins’ inability to convert at the free-throw line, combined with numerous costly turnovers, eventually proved too much for them to overcome.

The Bruins shot 9-for-20 from the foul line, as opposed to a USC squad that converted 24-of-27 from the line. In addition, UCLA amassed 18 turnovers which turned into 24 points for the Women of Troy. The Bruins only tallied 11 points off of 11 USC turnovers.

Leading the way for the Bruins on the offensive end was Tukiainen, who went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 14 points.

But even according to Tukiainen, UCLA has not been playing at the top of its game lately, mostly hurting themselves with sloppy play and not being able to capitalize on crucial opportunities.

“We’re not doing those little fundamental things that allow great teams to win,” Tukiainen said. “We’re not boxing out, we have too many turnovers, and we’re not making our free throws and layups. And that’s something that’s in our own control. That’s something that the coaches can’t teach you.”