No. 6 Bruins Head North for Showdown with No. 5 Stanford
No. 6 UCLA (8-2, 6-2) at No. 5 Stanford (11-1, 8-1)
Date: Friday, Jan. 22
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT
Location: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Kaiser Permanente Arena)
Watch: Pac-12 Network (Guy Haberman, Mary Murphy)
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com (Play-By-Play: Dave Marcus)
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: No. 6 UCLA at No. 5 Stanford
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 ucla.leanplayer.com. Stanford lost its No. 1 ranking after falling to Colorado in overtime, 77-72, on Sunday.
A WIN WOULD...
• Improve the Bruins to 9-2 overall and 7-2 in Pac-12 play, and earn the Bruins their fourth-straight victory.
• Improve the Bruins to 3-2 against ranked opponents this season, and earn the Bruins back-to-back ranked victories.
LAST TIME OUT: UCLA 68, Washington State 66 (OT) (Jan. 17)
UCLA held on for a 68-66 overtime victory over then-No. 25 Washington State in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The win was UCLA's second over a ranked opponent this season. Sophomore guard Charisma Osborne led all players with 28 points, including eight of UCLA's last 10 points of the contest. Michaela Onyenwere added 14 points and 15 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and 28th of her career. Natalie Chou also scored in double figures, totaling 15 points. Charlisse Leger-Walker led Washington State with 18 points, and Bella Murekatete contributed a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,631 points in her UCLA career and is currently 14th on the program's all-time scoring list. Lisa Willis ('06) is 13th with 1,677 points. Ann Meyers Drysdale ('78) is 12th with 1,685 points.
• Charisma Osborne scored notched her seventh-career 20-point game with 28 against WSU (Jan. 17), including 11 of UCLA's 13 points in overtime.
• Michaela Onyenwere notched her 28th-career double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds against Washington State (Jan. 17).
• Natalie Chou scored a career-high 28 points on a career-high 11 made field goals against Utah (Jan. 10).
• Michaela Onyenwere is third in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (9.1). She is the only player in the Conference in the top 5 in both categories.
• Charisma Osborne leads the Pac-12 in three-pointers made (41).
• Lindsey Corsaro leads the Pac-12 in Assist/Turnover ratio at 2.90.
• UCLA enters Sunday's game at No. 6 in the AP Poll, the team's highest ranking since checking in at No. 5 in Nov. 2017.
• With the team's win over then-No. 8 Oregon (Jan. 3), the Bruins have now recorded a victory over a top-10 opponent in each of the last six seasons.
• UCLA is the only team with multiple players (Onyenwere, 3rd - 18.2 ppg, Osborne, 4th - 18.1) among the Pac-12's top 5 scorers.
• UCLA is the only team with multiple Pac-12 POW honorees (Chou - Jan. 11, Onyenwere - Jan. 4, Osborne - Nov. 30).
• UCLA is 13th in the country and leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (16.8).
• The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in fewest turnovers per game (11.3), good for seventh in the country.
• UCLA is second in the Conference in most turnovers forced with 18.4 per contest.
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD, DOMINIQUE DARIUS
High school senior Dominique Darius has enrolled early at UCLA and has joined the women's basketball team's active roster, the team announced Monday (Dec. 28). The Jacksonville, Fla., native is ranked 26th on ESPN's 2021 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings. She arrives in Westwood by way of Blair Academy (NJ), where she helped lead the Buccaneers to an NJISAA State title in 2020. As a junior, Darius put up 15.8 points per game in Blair's 26-5 campaign. She has scored 10 points across her first three games as a Bruin.
AP POLL PROMINENCE
The Bruins earned the No. 6 ranking in the most recent Associated Press (AP) Poll. It is the highest AP ranking for the program since the team was ranked fifth in November 2017. The Bruins are one of four Pac-12 teams that cracked the top 25 on the Nov. 30 edition of the poll, with Stanford (No. 5), Arizona (No. 11), and Oregon (No. 13) also joining the list. UCLA has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in 32 straight weeks and has secured a top-11 ranking in each of the last 29 weeks.
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 is averaging 8.5 points per game this season and has scored at least 13 points three times this season.
WATCH LIST RECOGNITION
Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere and sophomore guard Charisma Osborne have been named to several 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 Midseason Top 25 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)