#5 UCLA Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back After Tough Loss to WSU
The Bruins should have an easy win this afternoon when they play Washington.
The UCLA women’s basketball team will look to bounce back this afternoon after losing to the Washington State Cougars on Friday, 67-63. Today, the Bruins will face the Huskies in Seattle at 2 pm PT.
Last Time Out
On Friday, the Bruins lost for just the third time this season, but the game started off well for UCLA. After the Cougars scored the first points on a three-pointer by Charlis Leger-Walker, Lindsay Corsaro hit a jumper and Charisma Osborne added a three to put the Bruins ahead, 5-3. UCLA used the rest of the quarter to increase their lead to as many as nine points with 51 seconds left before a three by Krystal Leger-Walker cut the lead to six points to end the quarter.
While Michaela Onyenwere gave the Bruins an eight-point lead with a layup to start the second quarter, the Cougars slowly whittled away at that lead over the next four and a half minutes, tying the game, 29-29, with 4:25 to go in the half. Washington State then took their second lead of the game, leading by as much as four points with 1:40 to go. Chantal Horvat and Osborne each hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, 35-35, at the half.
Onyenwere gave UCLA a one-point lead to start the second half when she made one of two free throws in the first minute, but the Cougars immediately re-took the lead and spent the rest of the third quarter increasing it until they had their biggest lead of the game with 57 seconds left, 52-43. Lauryn Miller hit a third quarter buzzer beater to cut it back to seven points heading into the final quarter.
The Cougars continued to lead early in the fourth and, with 5:56 left, they still led by eight. That’s when the Bruins went on an 8-0 run to tie the game again at 56-56. Neither team was able to get a lead of more than two points over the next four and a half minutes and the game was tied back up at 61-61 with 1:28 to go. Onyenwere broke the tie with a layup, but the Bruins collapsed and gave up the final six points to lose this one, 67-63.
Osborne led the Bruins with 21 points while Onyenwere added 16 and Natalie Chou had 12.
Today should have been the second meeting between the Bruins and the Huskies, but the first meeting between the teams which had been scheduled for January 15 in Westwood was postponed.
The Huskies have had a tough season. They are just 4-9 overall and 1-9 in Pac-12 play. In fact, Washington hasn’t won a game since they beat Portland on December 13 and they haven’t won a conference game since beating UC Berkeley on December 4. To be fair, however, the Huskies have had seven games postponed during that stretch.
That said, today’s game should be an easy win and UCLA should win by something close to 20 points, if not more.
#5 UCLA Women’s Basketball (10-3, 8-3)
Opponent: Washington Huskies (4-9, 1-9)
When: 2:00 pm PT, Sunday, February 7, 2021
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
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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