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Bruins Rout Golden Bears at Pauley

Dec 19, 2020
The Bruins' pressure defense led to 20 steals, including four by Natalie Chou (photo Caren Nicdao).

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LOS ANGELES – Natalie Chou and Michaela Onyenwere matched each other with a game-high 18 points, while Emily Bessoir poured in 13 off the bench, as the 11th-ranked Bruins produced 20 steals en route to a 71-37 victory over California on Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.

Chou, who posted a season high in scoring and was a point shy of matching a career high, tied a personal best with four three-pointers and equaled a season best with four steals. Bessoir recorded six rebounds, with Lauryn Miller adding seven points, five boards and four assists, as both tied a career high with four steals. Lindsey Corsaro had seven points and three steals and Charisma Osborne tallied six points, seven rebounds, six assists (tied career high) and three steals.
 
UCLA (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) opened the game with a quick 6-0 run by way of buckets from Onyenwere and Osborne, leading to a quick timeout from the Cal bench (8:06). Leilani McIntosh got the Golden Bears on the board a pair of buckets out of the timeout, but Chou answered with two-straight triples to put the Bruins ahead 13-4 (5:41). Buckets from Corsaro and Chou would extend UCLA's lead to 17-8 before Onyenwere hit a jumper in the lane with six seconds left. The Bruins would take a 19-8 lead into the second quarter.
 
Camryn Brown and Chou both connected early in the second quarter, putting UCLA ahead 24-8 at the 9:00 mark. With the Bruins up 26-12, Bessoir drained a corner triple to extend the advantage to 17 points (6:56). A put back lay-in from Miller would make it 33-14 before a media timeout stoppage at the 4:13 mark. Archer Olson banked in a three for Cal out of the timeout (33-17), but a transition layup from Osborne would take the lead back to 19 with 2:27 to play in the half. The Bruins would ultimately lead 37-21 at the break.
 
Onyenwere opened the scoring in the third quarter with a short corner jumper, putting UCLA ahead 39-21. The Bears (0-6, 0-3) rattled off six-straight points to cut the lead to 39-27, but Onyenwere answered with a triple from the top of the key to put the Bruins up 42-27 (5:16). Cal center Sela Heide and Onyenwere exchanged buckets before Corsaro drained a triple from the elbow extended to extend UCLA's lead to 47-29 (1:50). UCLA continued to surge, as Bessoir knocked down her second triple of the game and Chou scored inside to make it a 52-30 game. UCLA would take a 52-32 lead into the final quarter.
 
The teams exchanged possessions in the fourth quarter before Onyenwere hit a turnaround jumper to make it 54-33 (8:35). Onyenwere and Osborne hit back-to-back layups to extend the lead to 25 before Chou knocked down her fourth long ball of the game (6:22). The Bruins would lead 63-33 ahead of the final media stoppage of the game, eventually winning by 34.
 
Up Next
UCLA finishes up its first Conference homestand of the season with a matchup against No. 1 Stanford on Monday, Dec. 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Pac-12 Network is set to broadcast the live action with Nick Koop's radio call accessible at ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins and Cardinal split their season series in 2019-20, with UCLA taking the first matchup at Maples Pavilion (Feb. 7) and Stanford notching a victory in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament (Mar. 7). Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer is fresh off becoming the all-time winningest head coach in women's collegiate basketball, earning her 1,099th-career win in the Cardinal's victory over Pacific (Dec. 15).