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Women’s Basketball Jumps to No. 5 in AP Top 25

Jan 25, 2021
Emily Bessoir and Camryn Brown (photo by Caren Nicdao)

AP Top 25

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Women's Basketball has been ranked fifth on the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll, the AP announced Monday. The Bruins jumped one spot after being tabbed to the No. 6 spot in last week's edition of the poll.
 
The No. 5 spot is the highest AP ranking for the Bruins since the team was also ranked fifth on the Week 3 iteration of the 2017 poll (Nov. 2017). UCLA is the Pac-12's highest-ranked team and is one of four teams in the league to appear on this week's poll: Stanford (6), Arizona (10), Oregon (11).
 
The Bruins' fourth-straight jump in the national ranks comes on the heels of the team's hard-fought, 70-66 victory over then-No. 5 Stanford in Santa Cruz, Calif. (Jan. 22). Charisma Osborne led all scores with 24 points and added a season-high nine rebounds in the win. It was Osborne's fourth-consecutive 20+ point performance this season. Michaela Onyenwere quietly tallied her 31st-career double-double on Friday, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds. Natalie Chou scored in double figures for the third-straight game, contributing 12 points and adding five boards. Freshman Emily Bessoir was UCLA's fourth player in double figures, as she notched 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds. The win was good for UCLA's third-consecutive victory against a ranked opponent (Jan. 17 vs. then-No. 25 Washington State, Jan. 3 vs. then-No. 7 Oregon).
 
The Bruins have now earned a top-11 ranking in each of the last 30 weeks and have been ranked in the top 25 in 33-consecutive weeks.
 
Up Next
UCLA is back in action on Friday, Jan. 29 with a matchup against Arizona State at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks on the television broadcast. Dave Marcus' radio call can be heard at ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins secured a 63-59 victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe on Dec. 6.