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No. 11 UCLA Heads Across Town for Showdown with USC

Dec 11, 2020
Chantel Horvat had a career-high 17 points against UCSB on Dec. 9 (photo by Caren Nicdao).

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No. 11 UCLA (3-1, 1-1) vs. USC (1-2, 0-2)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 13
Time: 12:00 p.m. PT
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Galen Center)
Watch: Pac-12 Network (Anne Marie Anderson, Ros Gold-Onwude)
Listen: (Play-By-Play: Dave Marcus)

The Bruins are back in action on Sunday, Dec. 13 for a crosstown matchup against USC at Galen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. PT with Pac-12 Network capturing the live broadcast. Dave Marcus' radio broadcast can be accessed at The Bruins took two of three games from the Trojans last season, including a 73-66 victory in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament (Mar. 6). Onyenwere was dominant that night, putting up 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to lead UCLA to the win. The two teams split the regular season series last year, with each program securing a home victory. The Bruins won 83-59 at home on Dec. 29 and fell in heartbreaking fashion at Galen Center (Jan. 17) in a triple-overtime loss (68-70).

UCLA 102, UCSB 45
The Bruins took care of business against local foe UCSB on Wednesday (Dec. 9), dominating the Gauchos with a 102-45 victory at Pauley Pavilion. Six Bruins scored in double figures, including sophomore guard Charisma Osborne (18 points), who led UCLA in scoring for the fourth-straight game to start the year. Senior Michaela Onyenwere put up 15 points in the win and eclipsed 1,500 points for her career. Redshirt junior forward Chantel Horvat had an impressive outing, notching a career-high 17 points and tying a career-high with 12 rebounds. Freshman Emily Bessoir was put up 15 points in her first-career double-digit scoring performance. Senior Lauyrn Miller flirted with a triple-double, stuffing the stat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Redshirt senior Natalie Chou was UCLA's sixth player in double figures, scoring 14 points and going 4-for-7 from long range.

Michaela Onyenwere recorded 17 points in the Bruins' blowout victory over UCSB (Dec. 9), a performance that took her over the 1,500-career-point milestone at UCLA. She is currently 19th on UCLA's all-time scoring list. With UCLA's win at Arizona State (Dec. 6), Cori Close won her 200th-career game with the Bruins. She is only the third coach in program history to achieve the milestone (Billie Moore - 296; Kathy Olivier - 232).

• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,511 points in her UCLA career and is currently 19th on the progarm's all-time scoring list. Kennedy Burke ('19) is 18th with 1,513 points. Necie Thompson ('83) is 17th with 1,536 points.
• Head Coach Cori Close earned her 200th-career victory with the Bruins' victory over ASU (Dec. 6)
• The Bruins scored 102 points against UCSB (Dec. 9), the most since the team scored 129 against San Jose State on Nov. 10, 2017.
• The Bruins have three players scoring in double figures: Charisma Osborne (19.5 ppg), Michaela Onyenwere (15.5), and Lauryn Miller (11.5).
• Charisma Osborne has made her first 16 free throws to start the season.
• Charisma Osborne and Michaela Onyenwere have both scored in double figures in each of UCLA's first four games.
• Redshirt junior Chantel Horvat (17 points) and freshman Emily Bessoir (15 points) each notched career-high scoring totals against UCSB (Dec. 9).
• Lauryn Miller notched a career-high seven assists in the Bruins' win over UCSB (Dec. 9).

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 scored a career-high 15 points against UCSB (Dec. 9)

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)