No. 8 UCLA Falls to Oregon State, 71-64
LOS ANGELES – Michaela Onyenwere scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, but it was not enough, as the No. 8 UCLA women's basketball team dropped a 71-64 decision to Oregon State Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Lauryn Miller registered her second double-digit scoring game in a row for the Bruins (13-4, 11-4 Pac-12). UCLA's 17 free throws without a miss set a school record, but it converted just 21 of 76 (27.6%) shots from the field.
The Beavers (8-6, 6-6) outscored the Bruins by a 20-12 margin in the fourth quarter. Aleah Goodman tallied seven of her team-high 20 points in the final frame. Taylor Jones posted 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Talia von Oelhoffen scored 13 points. Oregon State has now won five of its last six games.
Miller opened the scoring with a put-back lay-in on UCLA's first possession, but Jones answered at the other end for OSU (9:17). Free throws from Chantel Horvat put the Bruins ahead, but Goodman answered with a driving layup to make it 6-6 (5:49). Two-straight baskets from von Oelhoffen put the Beavers ahead 11-8 at the first media stoppage (4:02). Onyenwere knocked down a triple to tie the game at 13 before she converted a three-point play to put UCLA up 16-13 (1:36). Onyenwere capped an 8-0 solo run with a driving layup to make it 18-13 after one.
The Beavers opened the second quarter with layups on consecutive possessions to cut the Bruins' lead to 18-17 at the 9:23 mark. Sasha Goforth followed with a corner triple to put OSU ahead, but Osborne answered at the other end with a floater to tie the score at 20 (7:15). Jones continued her strong start, scoring on back-to-back possessions to push the Beavers ahead, 24-20, forcing a timeout from The Michaela Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. OSU led 26-22 before Goodman connected from long range extending OSU's lead to 29-22 (4:41). Miller connected on an elbow jumper, but von Oelhoffen converted a three-point play at the other end (32-24). Miller stayed hot and notched two more buckets before free throws from Goodman took the Beavers' lead to 36-28 (0:40). UCLA caught a break at the end of the frame, as Onyenwere was fouled on a three-point attempt at the buzzer, hitting all three free throws to cut the lead to 36-31 at the break.
Onyenwere led all scorers with 13 points after the first 20 minutes. Goodman and von Oelhoffen 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Corsaro notched the first basket of the third quarter, but Jones answered with two-straight buckets to extend OSU's lead to seven. UCLA stormed back, as Miller converted a three-point play and Chou knocked down a triple to make it a one-point game (7:36). A bucket from Jelena Mitrovic pushed the score back to 43-39 before Ellie Mack got on the board with a put-back basket (5:18). Horvat knocked down a triple to make it a three-point game before the media stoppage (4:28). After a layup from Goodman extended the lead to seven, UCLA answered with three-straight buckets in less than a minute to make it 49-48 with 1:40 left in the frame. Osborne then knocked down a floater with a second left to put UCLA ahead 52-51 at the end of the third.
Mack notched the first bucket of the third quarter to put OSU back in front. A basket from Miller tied the game at 54, but Mack answered with a corner triple to make it 57-54 (7:17). Osborne responded quickly with a three-pointer from the top of the key, tying the game at 57 (5:57). After another triple from von Oelhoffen, Goodman found the paint again and converted inside, pushing Oregon State's lead to 63-57 (3:33). UCLA cut the lead to 63-61 before Goodman canned a triple, extending the deficit to five before on OSU timeout (1:32). Jones scored again to make it 68-61 before the Beavers iced it with three free throws.
UCLA is set to finish up its regular season schedule with a matchup against USC on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The live action will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. Dave Marcus' radio call can be accessed at ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins are gunning for a regular-season sweep of the Trojans, as UCLA notched a convincing 73-52 victory at Galen Center on Dec. 13.