Bruins Return to Pauley to Host San José State
UCLA (4-2, 0-0) vs. San José State (3-5, 0-0)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 5
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT
Location: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom
Watch: UCLA Live Stream (pac-12.com/live/ucla)
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com (Dave Marcus)
THE MATCHUP: UCLA vs. San José State (Dec. 5)
The Bruins are back at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom to take on San Jose Staté on Sunday, Dec. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PT with an in-house livestream covering the action at pac-12.com/live/ucla. Dave Marcus will handle the radio broadcast for ucla.leanplayer.com.
The Spartans enter the contest with a 3-5 record, having lost to Pac-12 opponent Washington State (Nov. 9) to open their season and suffering consecutive defeats to Saint Mary's (Nov. 30) and UC San Diego (Dec. 3). Senior forward Cydni Lewis poured in 25 points against the Tritons and is putting up a team-high 12.5 points per game. Junior guard Ella Ogier has contributed 12.4 points per game, logging 20 points in a pair of contests this season and scoring in double figures in five of seven games this season.
LAST TIME OUT -- UCLA vs. San Jose State (Nov. 10, 2017)
The Bruins' last matchup against the Spartans was historic, as UCLA scored a program-record 129 points in the win on Nov. 10, 2017. The team bettered the previous record of 125 points scored against Utah State (1971) and Oregon State (1976) Jordin Canada shined in the victory, scoring 26 points and adding 11 steals and 10 assists for a triple-double. Michaela Onyenwere and Monique Billings each contributed 19 points and Kennedy Burke added 13 points in the win. The victory was UCLA's 30th-straight win at Pauley Pavilion, a home winning streak that spanned three seasons at the time.
BRUINS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN OVER ST. JOHN'S (Nov. 28)
UCLA got back on track with a victory over St. John's, finishing up the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 73-65 win over the Red Storm. The Bruins had lost its girst two games of the holiday tournament, falling to Kent State (Nov. 26) and South Dakota State (Nov. 27). 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-for-13 from the field. Leilani Correa played all 40 minutes for the Red Storm and put up a team-high 17 points.
NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• A win would improve the Bruins to 7-0 all-time against San José State.
• The Bruins are the only team in the Pac-12 with two players among the league's top five scorers (2. Osborne, 3. Thomas).
• The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (78-99, .788).
• Charisma Osborne has scored at least 15 points in each of her five games this season.
• Charisma Osborne has recorded multiple assists in each of her last 16 games.
• Charisma Osborne has scored in double figures in each of her last eight games dating back to last season.
• Charisma Osborne recorded her seventh-career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds over St. John's (Nov. 28).
• IImar'I Thomas eclipsed the 2,000-career-point milestone in the Bruins' game over South Dakota State (Nov. 27).
• IImar'I Thomas has scored at least 18 points in five of six games this season.
• Jaelynn Penn leads the Pac-12 in free throw percentage and hasn't missed from the line this season (12-for-12).
• Dominique Onu scored a career-high 10 points in the Bruins' win over St. John's (Nov. 28), her first game in double figures as a collegian.
• Dominique Onu has more than tripled her scoring output from 2.3 points per game (2020-21) to 7.0 points per game (2021-22).
• Natalie Chou has scored in double figures in three of her last four games (averaging 12.5 ppg in the span).
UCLA MILESTONE WATCH
• Gina Conti has recorded 494 assists in her career, just six away from 500.
• Charisma Osborne has made 127 three-pointers in her career.
She is sixth on UCLA's all-time list for three-pointers made. Japreece Dean ('19) is fifth with 134.
• IImar'I Thomas has recorded 894 rebounds in her career, just 16 away from 900.
• Natalie Chou has knocked down 137 three-pointers in her career, just 13 away from 150.
• Chantel Horvat has logged 1,460 minutes across her career, just 40 away from 1,500.
• Jaelynn Penn has hit 199 free throws across her career, just one away from 200.
• Jaelynn Penn has scored 1,390 points across her career, just 10 away from 1,400.
ELITE RECRUITING CLASS -- Class of 2022
The Bruins have signed ESPN's No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the high school class of 2022. It's the second No. 1-ranked class for the Bruins, as the 2014 recruiting haul included Lajahna Dummer and Kelli Hayes, as well as future WNBA pros Jordin Canada and Monique Billings. UCLA is now the only Pac-12 school since 2010 to sign multiple No. 1 classes and one of just four schools in the country to accomplish the feat since 2010. It should be noted that Kiki Rice is the highest-ranked recruit in UCLA WBB history and Gabriela Jaquez is the sister of UCLA MBB star Jaime Jaquez Jr. The current class features:
SIGNEEES: #2-ranked Kiki Rice (5-11 point guard), #19-ranked Gabriela Jaquez (6-0 forward), #22-ranked Londynn Jones (5-5 point guard), #49-ranked Christeen Iwuala (6-3 forward), and German standout Lina Sontag.
WELCOME (BACK) TO WESTWOOD -- Transfers and Returners
The Bruins notably have eight players who did not suit up for the program a season ago. Coach Close reloaded with four transfers to fill out the roster: Gina Conti (point guard, Wake Forest), Angela Dugalic (forward, Oregon), Jaelynn Penn (guard, Indiana), and IImar'I Thomas (forward, Cincinnati). UCLA fans can enjoy the returns of Brynn Masikewich, Kayla Owens, and Kiara Jefferson, none of whom were with the program last season for various reasons. Redshirt freshman Izzy Anstey is also with the team for the first time, as the Australia native was unable to travel to the United States last year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
2021 WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -- Michaela Onyenwere
After an historic Bruin career that saw her graduate as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,888 points, Michaela Onyenwere became the first UCLA WBB alumna to earn the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award. She was also the first Bruin basketball player since Jamaal Wilkes in 1975 to be named Rookie of the Year. She started 29 of 32 games for New York and went on to lead all rookies in scoring with 8.6 points per game. She notched nine double-digit scoring performances, including a 29-point outing against the Atlanta Dream on May 29. Onyenwere was third among rookies with 2.9 rebounds per contest and secured a career-high 10 boards against the Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 31. New York earned the eighth seed in WNBA Playoffs and fell in a heartbreaking 83-82 loss to the Phoenix Mercury. It was the first playoff appearance for New York since 2017.
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.
• Michaela Onyenwere earned Rookie of the Year honors with the New York Liberty, becoming the first UCLA Women's Basketball alumna to earn the honor. She averaged 8.6 points per game and won each of the league's four Rookie of the Month awards.
• Jordin Canada ('18) finished her fourth season with the Seattle Storm, putting up 5.8 points and 3.0 assists per game. Canada also boasts an apparel deal with Jumpman, as does UCLA Women's Basketball.
• Noelle Quinn ('07) was named Head Coach of the Seattle Storm during the 2021 season and guided the team to the WNBA playoffs.
• Monique Billings ('18) finished her fourth season in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream. Billings averaged 8.1 points per game and grabbed 6.5 rebounds per contest.
• Kennedy Burke ('19) was traded to the Seattle Storm during the 2021 season and was reunited with former UCLA teammate, Jordin Canada. Burke averaged 2.9 points per game last season.
• Former Bruin sharpshooter Kari Korver ('17) finished her second season as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Sparks.
WATCH LIST RECOGNITION
The Bruins have been represented on the following national award watch lists and preseason teams:
• Charisma Osborne: Preseason All-Pac-12 team, Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year Award Top 20 Watch List, Wooden Award watch list, Wade Watch
• Gina Conti: Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award Top 20 Watch List, All-Pac-12 team honorable mention
• Natalie Chou: Preseason All-Pac-12 team honorable mention
UP NEXT: UCLA vs. UCONN (Dec. 11)
The Bruins are back in action with a marquee matchup against UConn on Saturday, Dec. 11. It's a nationally televised contest on ABC, the first regular season collegiate women's basketball game to ever air on the network. The matchup between the Bruins and Huskies is part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic and will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.