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No. 11 Bruins Finish Up Non-Conference Schedule Against UCSB

Dec 8, 2020
Lindsey Corsaro (photo by Caren Nicdao)

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No. 11 UCLA (2-1, 1-1) vs. UCSB (0-0, 0-0)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9
Time: 11:00 a.m. PT
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
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After starting the season 2-1, UCLA returns home to Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom to finish up its non-conference schedule against UCSB. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. PT with the live action broadcast on Nick Koop will fill in for longtime UCLA Women's Basketball radio broadcaster, Dave Marcus, for this matchup; his radio call can be heard at UCLA holds a commanding 14-2 lead in the all-time season series with the Gauchos. The Bruins have won the last five meetings dating back to November, 2006. UCLA last defeated UCSB in December 2017 by a score of 74-44; Monique Billings (17 pts), Jordin Canada (14 pts), and Michaela Onyenwere (12 pts) all scored in double figures to lead the Bruins to victory.

The Bruins bounced back from a tough loss at Arizona (Dec. 4) with a hard-fought victory at Arizona State on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 6). The victory was UCLA's first of the Pac-12 season and the 200th in Head Coach Cori Close's career. UCLA led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter before relinquishing the lead to the Sun Devils down the stretch. Redshirt junior guard Lindsey Corsaro took control of the game in the fourth quarter, knocking down three three-pointers in the final four minutes of play to secure the victory for the Bruins. Corsaro ended the game with a season-high 14 points, tied for the game-high with Charisma Osborne. The team was strong on the glass, with six Bruins registering at least five rebounds.

With UCLA's win at Arizona State, Cori Close won her 200th-career game with the Bruins and is currently 200-105 (.656) in her career with the team. She is only the third coach in program history to achieve the milestone (Billie Moore - 296; Kathy Olivier - 232). Of the three coaches, Close has the highest winning percentage at .656 (Moore - .621; Olivier - .527).

Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere sits 19th on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,494 points and is six points away from 1,500. If she eclipses the 2,000-point milestone this season, she will become the fourth Bruin to do so and just the third to score 500+ points in three-consecutive seasons. Onyenwere has scored in double figures in each of UCLA's first three games this season.

• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,494 points in her UCLA career and is six points away from 1,500.
• Head Coach Cori Close earned her 200th-career victory with the Bruins' victory over ASU (Dec. 6)
• Six Bruins recorded at least five rebounds in the team's win over ASU (Dec. 6).
• The Bruins have three players scoring in double figures: Charisma Osborne (20.0), Michaela Onyenwere (15.0), and Lauryn Miller (10.7).
• Charisma Osborne and Michaela Onyenwere have both scored in double figures in each of UCLA's first three games.
• Freshman Emily Bessoir has scored at least five points in each of her first three games as a Bruin.

2019-20 IN REVIEW
UCLA is coming off a 26-5 season in 2019-20, the fifth-straight 20-win season under Coach Close. The Bruins finished 14-4 in Pac-12 play, good for second place in the regular season standings. UCLA advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and was on track to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but subsequent postseason play was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the conclusion of the season, Michaela Onyenwere earned AP Third-Team All-America accolades. Onyenwere and then-senior Japreece Dean earned All-Pac-12 honors.

The Bruins return four players who started at least 20 games last year: Michaela Onyenwere, Charisma Osborne, Lauryn Miller, and Lindsey Corsaro. Onyenwere was the team's leading scorer with 18.9 points per game last year, while Osborne returns after a freshman campaign that saw her put up 12.2 points per game, the third-most on the team. Miller started 30 games as a true junior and put up a career-high 6.6 points per game. Corsaro logged 23.5 minutes per contest in 2019-20 and can serve as a primary ball-handler for the Bruins in the upcoming season. UCLA also returns redshirt senior Natalie Chou, who put up 7.4 points per contest in her first active season with the team last season. The Bruins' key departure from last year is point guard Japreece Dean, who earned All-Pac-12 honors last season. Dean was drafted by the Chicago Sky and is now playing overseas.

UCLA freshman Emily Bessoir has already made a huge impact in her brief time with the program thus far. At 6'4", she is the tallest player on the Bruins' active roster and has a commanding presence in the post. That said, she has strong ball-handling skills and can lead a fastbreak for the Bruins off a rebound. Bessoir was named to ESPN's Newcomer Impact Rankings for the upcoming season. The Munich, Germany, native has scored at least five points in each of her first three games as a Bruin.

Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere and sophomore guard Charisma Osborne have been named to several preseason watch lists for various national awards. Both players were also named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 team.
Onyenwere: Preseason AP All-American, Preseason All-Pac-12, Naismith Trophy Watch List (collegiate player of the year), Wooden Award Watch List (most outstanding player), Cheryl Miller Award Watch List (nation's best small forward)
Osborne: Preseason All-Pac-12, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List (nation's best shooting guard)