Bruins Get Back on Track, Earn Victory over St. John’s
Estero, Fla. – UCLA (4-2) got back on track with a victory over St. John's (3-4), finishing up the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 73-65 win over the Red Storm.
Charisma Osborne scored 18 of her 19 points in the first half and secured 11 rebounds for her seventh-career double-double. IImar'I Thomas also put up 19 on an efficient scoring morning, going 8-for13 from the field.
Osborne scored the Bruins' first eight points of the game as UCLA took an early 8-5 lead (7:41). Danielle Patterson connected on a corner three to cut UCLA's lead to one, but the Bruins answered with a quick 8-0 run to make it 17-8 with under four minutes to play in the opening frame. The teams exchanged baskets and UCLA went into the second quarter with a 21-14 lead.
The teams exchanged triples before Osborne found Dominique Onu on a slick behind-the-back pass in transition to push UCLA's lead to nine. Osborne then knocked down her fourth triple of the morning, making it 29-17 and forcing a timeout from the St. John's bench (7:47). It was 31-22 before Camree Clegg finished a strong drive in the paint, but Onu answered right back with a corner triple (34-24). St. John's later rattled off an 8-1 run to make it 35-32 at the 3:29 mark. Natalie Chou connected on a short jumper and Jaelynn Penn hit two free throws to send the Bruins into the break with a 39-32 lead.
Osborne recorded 18 points in the first half and added six rebounds and five assists. The Bruins committed just three turnovers in the first 20 minutes, while the Red Storm tallied 11 turnovers.
Patterson opened the scoring for St. John's, but Thomas answered right back with a three-point play (42-34). The Red Storm continued to battle and posted an 8-0 run, tying the game at 42 to force a UCLA timeout with 7:15 to play in the third quarter. The Bruins answered with a 6-0 run of their own, taking a 48-42 lead. The teams were knotted at 50 late in the third when Chantel Horvat glided across the baseline and scored on a reverse layup, putting the Bruins back up two. UCLA would take a 56-53 lead into the fourth.
Leilani Correa connected on a runner in the paint to make it 56-55, Bruins. The game was tied at 57 when UCLA rattled off a quick 4-0 run, but Danielle Cosgrove responded with a three-point play for the Red Storm (61-60). It was 63-63 when Thomas scored inside off a soaring offensive rebound from Kayla Owens (4:11). Thomas notched a pair of buckets down the stretch and the Bruins earned the victory, 73-65.
The Bruins return home for their next game, taking on San José State at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00pm PT. UCLA will broadcast an in-house live stream of the game.