Bruins Edged on the Road at Washington State, 67-63
PULLMAN, Wash. – The No. 5-ranked UCLA women's basketball team suffered a 67-63 defeat on the road at Washington State on Friday afternoon, snapping a five-game winning streak.
The Bruins (10-3, 8-3 Pac-12) had a chance to win the game, holding a lead entering the final minute, but the Cougars (9-6, 7-5) went ahead on a 3-pointer from Charlisse Leger-Walker with 42 seconds left and held UCLA off the scoreboard the rest of the way to secure the decision.
Sophomore guard Charisma Osborne paced the Bruin offense with a team-high 21 points, including a 6-for-8 effort from the free throw line. It was her sixth consecutive game with at least 20 points.
Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere chipped in 16 points and redshirt senior guard Natalie Chou added 12 points (the duo went a combined 6-for-8 from beyond the arc).
Leger-Walker had a game-high 28 points to lead Washington State. The only other Cougar to finish in double figures was her sister, Krystal Leger-Walker (10 points).
Trailing by seven points after the third quarter and by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, UCLA stormed back to make it a close game late.
Down 56-48 just inside the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, the Bruins reeled off eight consecutive points to tie it up. Osborne had six points during that run, hitting all four of her free throw attempts and converting on a layup following a WSU turnover.
At the 3:49 mark, Emily Bessoir nailed a 3-pointer for UCLA to make it 59-58, giving the Bruins their first lead since the first play of the second half. UCLA and WSU went back-and-forth from there until Leger-Walker's game-winning shot.
Washington State opened the scoring by way of a triple from freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker. Lindsey Corsaro followed with a jumper to get UCLA on the board, and Osborne drained a triple to make it 5-3 early (8:54). Osborne followed with two-straight baskets, pushing UCLA's lead to 9-3 with 6:57 left in the first. Charlisse Leger-Walker's third three-pointer of the opening quarter before the first media stoppage (4:55). Chou knocked down a triple out of the timeout, extending UCLA's lead to 15-9 (4:37). The Bruins held a 17-11 lead before Onyenwere hit her patented turnaround jumper from the right side (2:19). The teams exchanged triples to end the first quarter, giving the Bruins a 22-16 lead after one.
The Cougars opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run to cut UCLA's lead to 24-23 with 7:31 left. Two-straight buckets from Osborne swung momentum back to UCLA, but Bella Murekatete answered with a left-handed layup to make it 28-25 (6:11). UCLA led 29-27 before the Cougars went on a quick 6-0 run to put themselves ahead, 33-29 (2:19). After a UCLA timeout, Onyenwere converted inside, but Johanna Teder answered with a basket in the lane for WSU (35-31). Horvat and Osborne each knocked down a pair of free throws to end the half, sending the teams to the locker room tied at 35.
WSU jumped out to a 43-38 lead in the third quarter, taking advantage of a slow start offensively from the Bruins. Grace Sarver's triple made it a 46-38 game, but Chou answered with a short jumper in the lane (4:33). Cherilyn Molina and Osborne exchanged layups before a pair of free throws from Sarver made it 50-42 with 1:26 left in the third quarter. Lauryn Miller added a put-back layup to end the quarter, as the Bruins trailed 52-45 after three.
UCLA finishes up its weekend road trip with a matchup against Washington on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on an in-house stream from the Huskies, while Dave Marcus' radio call can be heard at ucla.leanplayer.com. This will be UCLA's first game against Washington this season, as the first scheduled matchup of the year was postponed. The Bruins fell to the Huskies in Seattle in the last meeting between the teams (Feb. 23, 2020), a game that saw Osborne notch 23 points.