No. 5 Bruins Bounce Back, Down Huskies in Seattle, 84-50
Seattle, Wash. – No. 5 UCLA Women's Basketball finished up its road trip with a dominant 84-50 victory at Washington.
The Bruins (11-3, 9-3 in the Pac-12) shot 53% from the field and limited the Huskies to 38% sooting. UCLA also won the battle of the boards, 33-25. Sophomore guard Charisma Osborne notched her seventh-straight 20-point game, leading all players with 21 points. She also tied for the team lead in rebounds with Michaela Onyenwere, who also contributed 15 points. Joining Osborne and Onyenwere in double figures were freshman Emily Bessoir (14 points on 5-of-6 shooting), and Natalie Chou (11 points).
Onyenwere opened the scoring for the Bruins with baskets on back-to-back possessions, UCLA ahead 4-0 early (8:33). After a pair of free throws from Osborne, Jess Finney scored UW's first basket at the other end (6:03). The teams exchanged baskets before Onyenwere scored on a cutting layup with 4:44 left in the frame. The basket moved Onyenwere into 13th place all-time on UCLA's scoring list, passing Lisa Willis. The Bruins led 12-6 out of the first media stoppage before Bessoir converted a three-point play to push UCLA's lead to nine (2:41). Bessoir added another bucket to give UCLA a 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Darcy Rees scored for the Huskies, to open the second quarter, but Bessoir responded with a triple at the other end to make it 21-10 (8:05). The teams exchanged baskets before Osborne found Chou in transition to push UCLA's lead to 26-12 (6:30). A triple from Osborne on the next possession forced a timeout from Washington Head Coach Jody Wynn. Haley Van Dyke scored for UW out of the timeout, but Onyenwere and Bessoir answered with buckets to put the Bruins ahead, 34-16 (4:51). The Bruins would take a 37-16 lead into the half.
Bessoir led the Bruins with 12 points in the first half, connecting on all four of her field goal attempts. Onyenwere totaled 11 points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Van Dyke led the Huskies with six points.
Onyenwere and Osborne connected on field goals to open the half, swelling UCLA's lead to 42-16 (8:15). The Bruins led 46-20 before Van Dyke scored a transition layup, forcing a timeout from The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. With UCLA up 48-24, Alexis Griggsby canned a corner triple for UW, but Osborne answered right back with a three-pointer of her own (4:42). Osborne and Lindsey Corsaro then connected on triples, making it 57-32 with 2:20 left in the quarter. Dominique Darius would tack on a pair of free throws, giving the Bruins a 59-37 lead after three.
Darius converted a pair of layups to open the fourth quarter, extending the Bruins' lead to 63-37 (8:04). The Bruins led 69-43 at the fourth quarter media stoppage. Bessoir and Corsaro both scored out of the timeout, pushing the lead to 31 at the 4:16 mark. UCLA continued its intensity for the rest of the contest, and won by a final margin of 34 points.
UCLA is back in action on Friday, Feb. 12 with a matchup against Utah in Salt Lake City. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT, with Utah covering the broadcast with an in-house live stream. Dave Marcus' radio call can be heard at ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins secured a 92-67 win over the Utes earlier in the season (Jan. 10), aided by a career-high 28 points from Chou.