Osborne, No. 5 UCLA Outlast Arizona State, 60-57
LOS ANGELES – Charisma Osborne poured in a game-high 27 points as the No. 5 UCLA women's basketball team held off Arizona State, 60-57, Friday evening at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Osborne scored 13 points in the fourth quarter for the Bruins (10-2, 8-2 in Pac-12 play), who saw an 18-point lead erased over the course of the second and third quarters. Emily Bessor added 12 points off the bench. Osborne (3-4) and Bessoir (2-4) accounted for each of the team's made 3-pointers.
Taya Hanson of the Sun Devils (8-5, 4-5) was the only other player to score in double figures during a game in which Arizona State shot 36% from the field (18 of 50) and UCLA just 32% (18 of 56). The Bruins converted seven of their final 13 shots, however, making the difference.
The Sun Devils scored the first two buckets of the game on a pair of layups before Osborne scored for the Bruins at the 8:46 mark. After the Bruins turned ASU over, Bessoir scored in the post to give UCLA its first lead of the night at 6-5 (6:27). A pair of free throws from Osborne and a triple from Bessoir extended the Bruins' lead to 11-5 at the first media stoppage (4:50). Osborne got to the line for a pair and followed with a jumper from the right elbow, making it 15-6 before an ASU timeout (1:15). Free throws from Chantel Horvat and a strong put-back layup from Natalie Chou made it 19-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bruins led 22-8 before Chou knocked down a jumper from the left side, pushing the advantage to 24-8 (7:36). The teams exchanged baskets before a triple from Gabriela Bosquez cut Arizona State's deficit to 27-16 at the second quarter media stoppage (4:51). Osborne converted a lay-up through contact out of the timeout, but both teams would struggle from the floor for the rest of the quarter. The teams exchanged various trips to the free throw line and UCLA found itself holding on to a 33-21 lead at the end of the second quarter.
Osborne led all scores at the break with 14 points. Bosquez led the Sun Devils with eight points on 3-for-3 shooting in the opening two quarters.
Jaddan Simmons scored on a backdoor cut to open the third quarter, but Lindsey Corsaro answered with an and-one lay-in at the other end (36-23). ASU scored two-straight baskets to cut the Burins' lead to 36-27 before Onyenwere converted in the paint to make it an 11-point lead (6:59). Hanson drained a triple for ASU at the other end and the Sun Devils followed baskets on their next two possessions, making it 38-34 and forcing a timeout from The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close (5:37). Neither team scored for several minutes before Simmons and Eboni Walker hit back-to-back buckets, tying the game at 38 with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Hanson followed with a jumper from the top of the key and put ASU ahead, 40-38 (1:59). Lauryn Miller found Onyenwere on a cut to push it back to 40-40 at the end of the third quarter.
ASU scored on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth quarter, but Osborne answered both baskets with triples, putting UCLA ahead 46-44 (7:12). Osborne stayed hot, connecting on a third three-pointer to make it 49-44 and force an ASU timeout (6:47). The Bruins led 50-48 before Osborne hit a pair from the line, giving UCLA a four-point lead. Osborne could not be stopped, knocking down another long jumper to make it 54-48 with 3:31 to play. Hanson hit a pair of free throws, but Bessoir answered with a put-back bucket to push the lead back to 56-50 (2:43). The Sun Devils scored the next four points from the free-throw line to pull back within two, but Bessoir answered with a conversion from distance to make the score 59-54 with 27 seconds remaining. Hanson had one more chance to tie the score on the game's final possession, but her shot missed to give the Bruins their fifth win in a row.
UCLA is back in action on the road against Washington State, as the Bruins and Cougars will square off on Friday, Feb. 5 in Pullman (12:00 p.m. PT). The Bruins secured a hard-fought overtime victory over WSU earlier in the year (Jan. 17). UCLA concludes its road trip with a matchup against Washington on Sunday, Feb. 7 (2:00 p.m. PT).