#11 UCLA Women's Basketball: Bruins Visit #7 Oregon
The Bruins will look to bounce back after losing to #1 Stanford.
This afternoon, the UCLA women’s basketball team travels to Oregon to face the Ducks at 1 pm PT. Today’s game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.
Last Time Out
Like the UCLA men’s basketball team, it’s been nearly two weeks since the Bruins women’s basketball team have played a game. In that game, UCLA lost to Stanford, 61-49.
The game was a lot closer than the final score makes it look. Despite that, Stanford trailed just once in this game. The Cardinal’s Anna Wilson hit a three to start the game and the Bruins kept it close until late in the fourth quarter. Stanford never led by more than ten points until there was 1:47 left in the fourth quarter.
In the first, Stanford started strong and finished the quarter leading by nine points.
The second quarter belonged to the Bruins as UCLA battled back. With 3:01 left in the half, the Bruins took a one-point lead, 26-25, on a three-pointer by Emily Bessoir, but the Cardinal responded by taking the lead back immediately on the next possession and Stanford ended up scoring the final six points of the first have to lead 31-26 at the half.
The third quarter was the most balanced quarter scoring-wise with Stanford outscoring the Bruins by just a point to increase their lead to six, 43-37, with a quarter to play.
UCLA was able to close the gap to as few as three points in the final period, but, over the final six and a half minutes, Stanford outscored the Bruins, 13-4. That sealed the game for the Cardinal and left the Bruins on the short side of this game.
The Ducks are still flying high even without Sabrina Ionescu. This year, they are led by Erin Boley, but they are a balanced team. Boley leads the team with 13.4 points per game, but four of the team’s starters are averaging in double figures.
How good are the Ducks this season? So far this season, they’ve played eight games and only one was close. That was a game against Washington State in Pullman.
So, it won’t be easy for the Bruins to go into Eugene and pull off an upset. In fact, the closest game the Ducks have played at home so far this year was Friday’s game against Southern Cal, which Oregon won by 23 points.
So, it’s going to take a lot for the Bruins to win today and, after a two-week layoff, it might not be possible.
Hopefully, I’m wrong.
#11 UCLA Women’s Basketball (5-2, 3-2)
Opponent: #7 Oregon Ducks (8-0, 6-0)
When: 1:00 pm PT, Sunday, January 3, 2021
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
TV: Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles, and Oregon with Ann Schatz and Elise Woodward
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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