Bruins Take on Oregon State, Seek Weekend Sweep
No. 8 UCLA (13-3, 11-3) vs. Oregon State (7-6, 5-6)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. PT
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
Watch: ESPN 2 (Play-by-Play: Courtney Lyle, Analyst: Carolyn Peck)
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com (Play-By-Play: Dave Marcus)
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: No. 8 UCLA vs. Oregon State
The Bruins are back in action for a matchup against Oregon State on Sunday, Feb. 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT on ESPN 2. It will be the first game between the Bruins and Beavers this season, as the first scheduled contest on Jan. 1 was postponed. UCLA took an overtime victory in the lone meeting between the programs last season (Feb. 17, 2020).
A WIN WOULD...
• Improve the Bruins to 14-3 overall and 12-3 in Pac-12 play, and earn the Bruins their fourth-straight victory.
• Earn the Bruins their first regular-season sweep of the Oregon schools since 2012-13.
• Earn the Bruins at least 12 Pac-12 victories for the sixth-straight season.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 8 UCLA 83, No. 13 Oregon 56 (Feb. 19)
Five Bruins scored in double figures as the No. 8 UCLA women's basketball team rolled to an 83-56 defeat and regular-season sweep of No. 13 Oregon Friday evening at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The win marked the third this season over a top-15 team by the Bruins (13-3, 11-3 Pac-12) – and the 20th of head coach Cori Close's tenure at the helm of the program. Michaela Onyenwere led the balanced UCLA scoring effort with 17 points. Lauryn Miller added a season-high 16. The Bruins nearly doubled up the Ducks on the boards, 47-24.
NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,727 points in her UCLA career and is currently tied 11th on UCLA's all-time scoring list. Anita Ortega ('79) is 10th with 1,751 points. Monique Billings ('18) is ninth with 1,761 points.
• Charisma Osborne is third in the Pac-12 with 18.6 points per game.
• Lauryn Miller has dished out 41 assists through 16 games this season, just five away from tying her career high of 46 assists, set over 31 games in 2019-20.
• Michaela Onyenwere is third in the Pac-12 in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and fourth in scoring (17.4). She is the only player in the Conference in the top five in both categories.
• Charisma Osborne is second in the Pac-12 in three-point field goals per game (2.8).
• Lindsey Corsaro has registered at least three assists in 13 games this season. She leads the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.67.
• Natalie Chou has scored in double figures four-straight games, the longest-such streak in her career. Chou is averaging a career-high 11.3 points per game.
• The Bruins' victory over No. 13 Oregon (Feb. 19) was the team's fourth-straight win over a ranked opponent this season.
• UCLA's 83-56 defeat over No. 13 Oregon (Feb. 19) was the Ducks' worst loss since their 90-52 defeat to UConn on Mar. 27, 2017 in the NCAA Tournament.
• 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, 3rd - 18.6 ppg, Onyenwere, 4th - 17.4) among the Pac-12's top 5 scorers.
• UCLA is 11th in the country and leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (16.4).
• The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in turnovers forced (18.1) and fewest turnovers committed (12.1).
CORI CLOSE: NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close has been named to the late season watch list for the Werner Ladder Naismith Women's Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday. Close has led the Bruins to a 12-3 overall record and 10-3 mark in Pac-12 play this season. It's the Bruins' sixth-straight season with at least 10 wins in Conference play. Among UCLA's victories this season are three wins against ranked opponents, including a road 73-71 victory over then-No. 7 Oregon that snapped the Ducks' 27-game winning-streak (Jan. 3). The win over Oregon also extended the Bruins' streak of defeating a top-10 opponent in each of the last six years. Close also led UCLA to a victory over then-No. 5 Stanford, knocking off the Cardinal, 70-66, in Santa Cruz, Calif.
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 nine games for the Bruins this season.
AP POLL PROMINENCE
The Bruins earned the No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press (AP) Poll. The Bruins are one of four Pac-12 teams that cracked the top 25 on the Feb. 8 edition of the poll, with Stanford (No. 6), Arizona (No. 10), and Oregon (No. 13) also joining the list. UCLA has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in 36 straight weeks and has secured a top-11 ranking in each of the last 33 weeks.
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 six 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.