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No. 8 Bruins Travel to Utah, Open Final Regular Season Road Trip

Feb 11, 2021
Natalie Chou scored a career-high 28 points in UCLA's win over Utah on Jan. 10 (photo by Caren Nicdao).

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GAME INFORMATION
No. 8 UCLA (11-3, 9-3) at Utah (5-11, 4-11)
Date: Friday, Feb. 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
Watch: Utah Live Stream (https://pac-12.com/live/university-utah)
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com (Play-By-Play: Dave Marcus)

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: No. 8 UCLA at Utah
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.

A WIN WOULD...
• Improve the Bruins to 12-3 overall and 10-3 in Pac-12 play, and earn the Bruins their second-straight victory.
• Earn the Bruins their 18th-straight victory over the Utes, dating back to Nov. 2009
• Extend Head Coach Cori Close's undefeated record over the Utes to 17-0

LAST TIME OUT: No. 5 UCLA 84, Washington 50 (Feb. 7)
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).

NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,685 points in her UCLA career and is currently tied with Ann Meyers Drysdale for 12th on UCLA's all-time scoring list. Michelle Greco ('03) is 11th with 1,707 points.
• Charisma Osborne has recorded at least 20 points in each of her last seven games, averaging 23.6 points in the stretch.
• Charisma Osborne leads the Pac-12 in scoring with 19.6 points per game.
• Lauryn Miller has dished out 33 assists this season, averaging 2.4 per contest. She averaged 1.5 apg last season.
• Michaela Onyenwere leads the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and is fifth in scoring (16.9). She is the only player in the Conference in the top 5 in both categories.
• Charisma Osborne leads the Pac-12 in field goals per game (6.6) and three-point field goals per game (2.9).
• Lindsey Corsaro tied a career-high with seven assists against Washington State (Feb. 5). She leads the Pac-12 in assist/ turnover ratio at 3.00.
Team Notes
• UCLA enters Friday's game at No. 8 in the most recent AP Poll. It is the 32nd-consecutive week the team has been ranked in the top 11.
• 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's second top-10 road victory this season came against then-No. 5 Stanford (Jan. 22).
• UCLA is the only team with multiple players (Osborne, 1st - 19.6 ppg, Onyenwere, 5th - 16.9) among the Pac-12's top 5 scorers.
• UCLA is 16th in the country and leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (16.1).
• The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in turnovers forced (18.9) and fewest turnovers committed (11.9).
• UCLA shot 52.6% from three-point range against Washington (Feb. 7), its second-highest long range shooting percentage of the season (56.5% vs. Utah on Jan. 10).

BY THE NUMBERS: OSBORNE'S SCORING STREAK
Here are some notes pertaining to Charisma Osborne's current seven-game streak with at least 20 points scored:
• Osborne is tied with Michelle Greco ('03) for the longest 20+ point streak among UCLA players since at least 1999-00. Greco scored 20 or more points in seven straight games from the end of the 2000-01 season to the start of the 2001-02 season (Mar. 3, 2001-Nov. 27-2001).
• Since the 1999-00 season, Osborne is one of only seven Pac-12 players to score at least 20 points in seven-straight games (Kristine Anigwe, CAL; Aari McDonald, ARIZ; Kelsey Plum, WASH - 4x; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Michelle Greco, UCLA)
• Osborne's seven-straight games with 20+ points is the third-longest active streak in the nation (Anastasia Hayes, Middle Tennessee - 21; Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo - 11).

ONYENWERE: SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere has been named a candidate for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award, the award announced Monday (Feb. 8). The candidates selected are those who excel both on and off the court, and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. Off the court, Onyenwere has had a tremendous impact on UCLA Women's Basketball's social justice efforts this season, as she helped establish the team's More Than a D.R.E.A.M. initiative in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Onyenwere's on-court accomplishments are extensive, to say the least, as she has become one of the all-time greats to play at UCLA.

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 on 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 appeared in seven games for the Bruins this season.

AP POLL PROMINENCE
The Bruins earned the No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press (AP) Poll for the second-straight week. The Bruins are one of four Pac-12 teams that cracked the top 25 on the Feb. 1 edition of the poll, with Stanford (No. 6), Arizona (No. 9), and Oregon (No. 12) also joining the list. It's the 17th time in program history that the Bruins have been ranked in the top 5. UCLA has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in 34 straight weeks and has secured a top-11 ranking in each of the last 31 weeks.

FRESHMAN PHENOM
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 9.0 points per game this season and has scored in double figures in five games this season.

WATCH LIST RECOGNITION
Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere and sophomore guard Charisma Osborne have been named to several preseason 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, Wooden Award (most outstanding player)Naismith Trophy Midseason List (collegiate player of the year), 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), Naismith Trophy Midseason list.