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Bruins Jump to No. 6 in AP Top 25

Jan 18, 2021
Chantel Horvat and teammates (photo by Caren Nicdao)

AP Top 25

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Women's Basketball has been ranked sixth on the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll, the AP announced Monday. The Bruins jumped two spots after being tabbed to the No. 8 spot in last week's edition of the poll.
The No. 6 spot is the highest AP ranking for the Bruins since the team was ranked fifth on the Week 3 iteration of the 2017 poll (Nov. 2017). UCLA earned the No. 5 ranking in 2017 after beating then-No. 3 Baylor, 82-68, at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom (Nov. 18).  
The Bruins' third-straight jump in the national ranks comes on the heels of the team's overtime victory over then-No. 25 Washington State on Sunday, Jan. 17 (68-66). Sophomore guard Charisma Osborne led all scores with 28 points, including 11 of the Bruins' 13 points in overtime. Natalie Chou put up 15 points and added five rebounds and three assists in the win, while Michaela Onyenwere notched her 28th-career double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. UCLA managed to fend off a fierce fourth-quarter comeback from Washington State and secure the OT victory.
The Bruins have now earned a top-11 ranking in each of the last 29 weeks and have been ranked in the top 25 in 32-consecutive weeks.
UCLA is one of four Pac-12 schools to earn a spot in the national ranking: Stanford (5), Arizona (10), and Oregon (13).
Up Next
UCLA is back in action on Friday, Jan. 22 with a matchup against No. 5 Stanford. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PT from Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif., where the Cardinal are currently based. The Bruins fell to Stanford, 61-49, in the initial meeting between the teams this season (Dec. 21). Pac-12 Network will broadcast the live action while Dave Marcus' radio commentary can be heard at Stanford lost its No. 1 ranking after falling to Colorado in overtime, 77-72, on Sunday.