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Bruins Fall to Texas in NCAA Second Round

Mar 24, 2021
Senior Michael Onyenwere had a team-high 21 points against Texas.

SAN ANTONIO - Michaela Onyenwere scored a team-high 21 points and Charisma Osborne chipped in 19 more, but the Bruins couldn't overcome cold shooting from three-point range as No. 6 Texas advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 71-62 win over third-seeded UCLA on Wednesday night at the Alamodome.

Onyenwere, who fouled out for the first time this season late in the fourth period, also added five rebounds and a steal. Osborne, who got into early foul trouble with three in the first half, also added five rebounds and had two assists while going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, Emily Bessoir was the only other Bruin to reach double figures in scoring with 11 points to go with her team-best eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Lauryn Miller contributed six points and seven boards while going 4-for-4 from the foul line. The Bruins (17-6) went 1-for-19 from three-point range but outrebounded the Longhorns 39-29 (19-7 on the offensive glass).

Celeste Taylor opened the scoring with a left-handed layup on Texas' first possession, but Onyenwere answered with a second-chance bucket at the other end (9:00). The teams exchanged baskets before Taylor knocked down a short basket to put Texas ahead at the 6:31 mark. Texas led 8-4 before Osborne banked in an elbow jumper to cut the deficit to two (4:36). The teams stalled on the offensive end before Onyenwere glided into the paint in transition for her third field goal of the first quarter, tying the game at eight. The Longhorns answered with a quick 5-0 to end the quarter, putting Texas ahead 13-8 after one.
 
Onyenwere connected to open the second quarter, but Texas extended its lead to 16-10 after a three-point play from Lauren Ebo. Charli Collier then connected from long range, forcing a timeout from the UCLA bench (19-10). Texas kept firing, scoring six-straight points to push the advantage to 25-10 (4:26). Onyenwere stopped the bleeding with a basket in the paint, but Taylor answered with a triple from the left elbow extended. After free throws from Miller, Taylor canned her second three-pointer to make it 31-14 (1:32). Texas would add on lead 35-14 at the half.
 
Onyenwere made five of UCLA's six field goals in the first half, totaling 10 points. Taylor led all scores with 12 in the opening 20 minutes.
 
Natalie Chou's first basket made it 37-18 at the 8:40 mark. After a bucket from Taylor, Onyenwere converted a three-point play. Texas maintained its 19-point lead before Miller and Osborne scored on back -to-back possessions to cut the lead to 43-28 (5:15). Osborne then hit three free throws before another jumper from Taylor, making it 47-31 at the 4:18 mark. A basket from Bessoir cut the lead to 12 before Joanne Allen-Taylor canned a three-pointer from the left elbow extended (51-36). Osborne then converted a three-point play to make it 51-41 after three quarters.
 
Both teams came up empty on their initial possessions before Taylor knocked down a pair of free throws (53-41). Allen-Taylor then knifed her way into the paint for a layup to push the lead to 14 (8:16). After a bucket from Onyenwere made it a 12-point game, Bessoir converted a second-chance basket to make it 57-47. Allen-Taylor then knocked down a corner three to push the lead back to 12 (4:12). Bessoir continued her strong night and converted a transition layup to make it a 10-point game (3:04). After a layup by Ebo pushed it back to 12 (2:36), Osborne made a jumper to cut it to 10 (2:27). Osborne hit a three-pointer, the first for UCLA of the game after the Bruins missed their first 14 from beyond the arc to cut it to 64-55 with 1:42 to go. Bessoir would score on a layup to pull UCLA to within eight points (65-57) with 1:00 remaining, but the Bruins couldn't get any closer as the Longhorns made six of their last eight free throws in the final minute to ice the game.

Taylor led a trio of Texas (20-9) players in double figures with a game-high 24 points. Lambert and Allen-Taylor had 17 points and 16 points, respectively. Texas finished the night shooting 51.0 percent from the floor (25-for-49) and made six three-pointers. Both teams had just 11 turnovers for the game.