UCLA Women's Basketball: #8 Bruins Face #25 Washington State Cougars
The Bruins host the Cougars who are winless so far in Pac-12 play.
This morning, the UCLA Bruins will host the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion at 11 am PT.
Last Time Out
Last Sunday, the Bruins crushed the Utah Utes, 92-67. Utah never led in the game, though the Utes were able to tie the game once.
After Charisma Osborne opened the game with a three-pointer for UCLA, Andrea Torres matched it with a three for the Utes. With 8:27 left in the first quarter, Lauryn Miller hit a jumper in the paint to put the Bruins ahead, 5-3, and it was for good as the Utes fell behind by ten over the next three minutes. UCLA finished the quarter ahead by 21, 36-15.
The second quarter saw the Bruins increase their lead to as many as 25 before finishing up the half ahead by 24.
In the third quarter, UCLA’s smallest lead was 16 points before they pushed it back to 22 points while the fourth quarter never saw the Bruins’ lead to get under 20 points. When Miller hit a pair of free throws with 1:21 to go, the lead got to its highest point of the game at 26 points.
Three Bruins finished the game in double figures. Natalie Chou led the team with a career-best 28 points while Charisma Osborne finished with 22 and added eight assists. Michaela Onyenwere was the third player in double figures with 17 points and she just missed a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Washington State Cougars
The Cougars have played well all season. They beat a ranked Oregon State team and even the seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats on the road. Their only two losses include a four-point loss to Oregon and a four-point loss to Southern Cal two days ago.
While it’s not uncommon for schools to field a team from other states, but the Cougars may be the first to start an all-international team. Washington State is led by the Leger-Walker sisters from New Zealand. Freshman Charliss Leger-Walker leads the team with an average of 19.9 points per game while her older sister, senior Krystal Leger-Walker, is putting up 10.1 points per game. Junior guard Ula Motuga, who is averaging 12.2 points per game, hails from Australia while sophomore center Bella Murekatete, who averages 10.0 points per game, is from Rwanda. Sophomore guard Johanna Teder from Estonia is averaging 6.2 points per game.
In addition to their starting five, the Cougars have five other international players on the team.
#8 UCLA Women’s Basketball (7-2, 5-2)
Opponent: #25 Washington State Cougars (7-1, 5-1)
When: 11:00 am PT, Sunday, January 17, 2021
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles and Washington with Anne Marie Anderson and Tammy Blackburn
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Audio: UCLA Live Audio with Dave Marcus
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
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