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Bruins Head to Las Vegas for Pac-12 Tournament

Mar 3, 2021
Dominique Darius (photo by Don Liebig)

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GAME INFORMATION
No. 3-seed UCLA (14-4, 12-4) vs. No. 11-seed Washington (7-13, 3-13)
Date: Thursday, Mar. 4
Time: 8:00 p.m. PT
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (Michelob ULTRA Arena (Mandalay Bay Events Center))
Watch: Pac-12 Network (Play-by-Play: Krista Blunk, Analyst: Mary Murphy)
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com (Play-by-Play: Dave Marcus)

QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 11 Washington
UCLA is set to open its 2021 postseason in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday, Mar. 4. The Bruins have earned a first-round bye in the tourney and will face the 11-seed Washington Huskies, who defeated sixth-seeded Colorado on Wednesday evening in the opening round of the tournament. Thursday's matchup will also tip-off at 8:00 p.m. PT, with Pac-12 Network covering the live action. Dave Marcus' radio call can be heard at ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins knocked off Washington earlier this season, 84-50, in Seattle on Feb. 7. The win over the Huskies saw Charisma Osborne record her seventh-straight 20+ point performance with 21 points on the night. Emily Bessoir added 14 points while Natalie Chou contributed 11.
 
A WIN WOULD...
• Advance the Bruins to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals for the sixth-straight season.
• Ensure a season sweep of the Huskies.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 10 UCLA 93, USC 51 (Feb. 26)
No. 10 UCLA Women's Basketball (14-4, 12-4) put together a dominant effort against USC (10-11, 8-10), winning by a final score of 93-51 on Senior Day. Charisma Osborne recorded the ninth triple-double in team history with 18 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. Michaela Onyenwere continued her climb up the program's scoring charts, recording 30 points to move into ninth place all-time. She converted a career-high six 3-pointers without a miss and the Bruins knocked down a school record 16, on 23 attempts, from distance.

NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• Michaela Onyenwere has scored 1,776 points in her UCLA career and is 9th on UCLA's all-time scoring list. Nikki Blue ('06) is eigth with 1,797 points. Natalie Williams ('94) is seventh with 1,813 points.
• Charisma Osborne put up 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds against USC (Feb. 26), recording the ninth triple-double in team history and the first since Japreece Dean against Yale on Nov. 26, 2019.
• The Bruins set a program record with 16 made three-pointers against USC (Feb. 26), going 16-for-23 on the night.
• The Bruins shot 17-for-17 from the free throw line against Oregon State (Feb. 21), good for the most made free throws in a game without a miss in team history.
• Michaela Onyenwere scored 30 points on Senior Night against USC (Feb. 26), going a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc. It was the first time in Onyenwere's career that she surpassed four triples in a game.
• UCLA is the only team with multiple players (Onyenwere, 3rd - 18.2 ppg, Osborne, 4th - 18.1 ppg) among the Pac-12's top five scorers.
• Lauryn Miller has dished out 46 assists through 18 games this season, tying the career-high total she set through 31 games last season.
• Michaela Onyenwere is third in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.0). She is the only player in the Conference in the top five in both categories.
• Natalie Chou is averaging a career-high 10.6 points per game and has scored in double figures in 11 games this season.
• Lindsey Corsaro has registered at least three assists in her last six games and in 15 games overall this season. She leads the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio at 2.84.
• UCLA is 14th in the country and leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (15.9). The Bruins have recorded at least 15 offensive rebounds in three of their last four games and in 15 games overall.
• The fewest turnovers committed (12.1) and turnover margin (6.2).

AP POLL PROMINENCE
The Bruins earned the No. 9 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. 4), Arizona (No. 11), and Oregon (No. 19) also joining the list. UCLA has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in 38 straight weeks and has secured a top-11 ranking in each of the last 35 weeks.

RECORD-BREAKING SHOOTING PERFORMANCES
The Bruins have put together a pair of record-breaking shooting performances in their last two games. Most recently, the team knocked down 16 triples on just 23 attempts (69.6%) against the Trojans (Feb. 26), the most three-pointers in a single game in team history. Michaela Onyenwere and Lindsey Corsaro combined to shoot 10-11 from beyond the arc, with Onyenwere going a perfect 6-6 from distance. This performance followed the team's game against Oregon State (Feb. 21), which saw the Bruins go a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line. It was the most free throws made without a miss in team history.

OSBORNE'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Sophomore guard Charisma Osborne put together a sensational performance in UCLA's regular-season finale against the Trojans (Feb. 26), scoring 18 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for a triple-double. She also didn't record a single turnover in 34 minutes of game action. It was the ninth triple-double in team history, and Osborne became just the seventh-ever Bruin to achieve the feat. It was the first-triple double since Japreece Dean notched 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists against Yale on Nov. 26, 2019. Osborne's 12 assists tied Jordin Canada (Nov. 18, 2016 vs. Southern) for the most assists in a triple-double in team history.

ALL-PAC-12 HONOREES: ONYENWERE, OSBORNE, BESSOIR, CHOU
Michaela Onyenwere and Charisma Osborne garnered All-Pac-12 honors, the Pac-12 announced Monday. Osborne also earned a spot on the All-Defensive team while Emily Bessoir received All-Freshman acclaim. Awards and honorees were determined following a vote from the league's head coaches.

Onyenwere was named an All-Pac-12 honoree for the third-consecutive season, becoming UCLA's first three-time honoree since Jordin Canada (2016-18). The senior is averaging 18.2 points per game and has moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 1,776 points. The Aurora, Colo., native has notched five double-doubles on the year, including a dominant performance against Oregon (Jan. 3) that saw her post a career-high 33 points to go with 10 boards.

Osborne was named to the All-Pac-12 list for the first time in her career. The sophomore is averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game after notching just 12.2 ppg a year ago. She has scored in double figures in all but two of the Bruins' games this season and put together a streak of seven-straight 20+ point performances from Jan. 3 – Feb. 7. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native posted a dominant performance against USC (Feb. 26), putting up 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for just the ninth triple-double in program history. Osborne also earned a spot on the All-Defensive team.

Bessoir was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, marking the fourth-consecutive season a Bruin has been tabbed to the All-Freshman squad. The Munich, Germany native is fourth on the team with 8.1 points per game and has scored in double figures in six games this season. Bessoir has been clutch in important moments this season, scoring a career-high 15 points against then-No. 1 Stanford (Dec. 21) and knocking down a dagger three-pointer in the team's win over Arizona State (Jan. 29).

Natalie Chou was an Honorable Mention for the All-Pac-12 list, as she received at least one vote from the Conference's head coaches. Chou is averaging a career-high 10.6 points per game, exceeding her previous career-best average of 7.4 (2019-20).

ONYENWERE: SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
Senior forward Michaela Onyenwere has been named a finalist for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award, the award announced on Feb. 22. 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.

ELITE PROGRAM
UCLA Women's Basketball has won at least 22 games in each of the last five seasons. The Bruins went 26-5 last season at 14-4 in Pac-12 play, good for second place in the league standings. UCLA has made the Sweet 16 or better in each of the last four tournaments, as the Bruins are one of only eight programs in the nation to do so. The team was set to host the first two rounds of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, but subsequent postseason play was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WNBA BRUINS
UCLA maintained a strong presence in the WNBA this past season, as the Bruins had representation on the court, the sideline, and the front office across various organizations.
• Jordin Canada ('18) won her second WNBA title in three seasons with the Seattle Storm. Noelle Quinn ('07) won her first title as Associate Head Coach for the Storm.
• Monique Billings ('18) had a breakout season in her third season with the Atlanta Dream, starting 16 games and putting up career-highs in points (8.5 ppg) and rebounds (8.5 rpg) per contest.
• Kennedy Burke ('19) put up a career-high 7.2 points per game in her second season with the Indiana Fever.
• Former Bruin sharpshooter Kari Korver ('17) finished her first season as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Sparks. UCLA Women's Basketball Assistant Video Coordinator Rachel Schrote also serves as Video Coordinator for the Sparks.