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Bruins Fall to Kent State, 75-69

Nov 26, 2021
Jaelynn Penn (photo by Carlie Heuple)

Estero, Fla. – The Bruins opened the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament with a loss to Kent State, falling to the Golden Flashes by a final score of 75-69.
 
Charisma Osborne led the Bruins with 21 points, her second 20+ point outing of the year. Jaelynn Penn and Natalie Chou put up 16 and 12 points, respectively. Five Kent State players scored in double figures.
 
Katie Shumate opened the scoring for Kent State before Osborne hit back-to-back buckets to make it 5-3, Bruins (8:04). UCLA led, 7-5, before Natalie Chou knocked down a triple to extend the lead to five (7:11). Kayla Owens continued the run with a turnaround jumper in the paint, pushing UCLA's lead to 12-5 at the media timeout (4:37). It was 14-8 before Osborne drilled a long triple five feet behind the top of the key. A short Kent State lead made it 17-13 with 1:37 to play in the first, but Penn answered right back with a triple from the left elbow extended. UCLA would take a 22-20 lead into the second.
 
The Golden Flashes took the lead back via a triple from Lindsey Thall to open the quarter (23-22). The teams exchanged baskets and UCLA took a 26-25 lead into the media timeout (4:59). The Bruins were up three before Kent State drilled triples on three-straight possessions to take a 34-28 lead at the 2:54 mark in the frame. The Golden Flashes led by eight before Penn stopped the bleeding with a jumper, giving her nine points in the first half. Kent State would take a 39-32 lead into the break.
 
Osborne was in double figures with 10 points after the first two quarters. Shumate had 10 for Kent State, with five separate Golden Flashes knocking down at least one triple in the first half.
 
Penn got the action started in the second half with a short jumper off a steal from IImar'I Thomas. Shumate answered right back to make it 41-34 (8:54). Buckets from Owens and Izzy Anstey cut the lead to three before the Golden Flashes surged to make it, 45-38. Thomas converted in the paint and Penn knocked down a three-pointer to cut UCLA's deficit to two with 4:39 to play in the third quarter (45-43). Osborne tied the game with a runner in the lane before Dominique Onu's put-back lay-up gave the Bruins a 47-45 lead. Osborne later scored on a strong drive in the paint, giving the Bruins a 52-48 lead after three.
 
Chou hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to six, but Thall answered with her fifth triple to make it 54-51, Bruins (8:43). Kent State would take a three-point lead before Chou answered with a personal 5-0 run to make it 59-57, Bruins (5:34). Thall and Blackford scored for Kent State to continue to back-and-forth affair, putting UCLA down one at the 3:08 media timeout (62-61). Kent State put in two more buckets and a pair of free throws to extend its lead to seven with 1:17 to play. The Golden Flashes would go on to ice the game away at the line.
 
Up Next
The Bruins are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 27, with a matchup against South Dakota State at 11:00am ET/8:00am PT. All games in the Gulf Coast Showcase are broadcast on FloHoops.