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Bruins Suffer 71-63 Defeat to Colorado

Jan 9, 2022
Izzy Anstey (photo by Caren Nicdao)

Boulder, Colo. – Freshman Izzy Anstey had a career day on the glass with 13 rebounds, but UCLA (5-4, 0-1) couldn't power past Colorado (13-0, 2-0) on Sunday morning in Boulder. Jaylyn Sherrod's 25 points led CU in the 71-63 win over the Bruins.
 
Natalie Chou was UCLA's top scorer with 15 points on the day. Jaelynn Penn added 11 points while Charisma Osborne and IImar'I Thomas each contributed 10 points apiece.
 
Game Summary
Charisma Osborne drove and scored in transition to put the Bruins on the board amidst an early scoring drought for Colorado. The teams combined to start 1-14 from the field and the Bruins led, 2-0, at the 4:58 media stoppage. A runner in the lane from Osborne was followed by a sweet hesitation move from Jaelynn Penn, giving UCLA a 9-3 lead (2:12). The teams would exchange triples before Sherrod hit a pair of free throws for the Buffs, making it a 12-10 advantage for the Bruins after the first quarter.
 
The Buffs opened the second quarter on a 5-1 run and took a 15-12 lead, forcing a timeout from The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. A triple from Jaelynn Penn cut CU's lead to two before Osborne flipped up put-back lay-in to tie the game at 21 (3:29). Back-to-back triples from CU were answered by a jumper on the left side from Kayla Owens, sending UCLA into the halftime break down 28-25.
 
Osborne and Penn led the Bruins with eight points apiece after the first 20 minutes. Both teams hit three triples in the first half, but Colorado knocked down nine free throws to the Bruins' four, which proved to be the difference heading into the break.
 
A triple from IImar'I Thomas made it a one-point contest early in the third quarter. A driving layup from Osborne tied the contest at 34 before Sherrod hit two free throws at the other end (5:25). After several empty possessions from both teams, Owens found herself all alone for a clean layup to make it 38-38 (3:37). CU then extended its lead to six after a triple from Frida Formann, as the Bruins trailed, 47-41, heading into the fourth quarter.
 
After Formann scored and extended the Buffs' lead to eight, Chou hit two baskets to cut the lead to 49-45 (8:34). It was an eight-point deficit before Thomas converted inside to push the score back to 56-50 with under four minutes to play. Later, a put-back layup from Anstey cut CU's lead to four and forced a timeout from JR Payne (2:47). The teams exchanged triples before Sherrod scored inside to make it an eight-point game. The Bruins couldn't overcome the deficit and fell by a final score of 71-63.
 
Up Next: UCLA vs. Washington
The Bruins are back in action for their first Pac-12 home contest of the season with a matchup against Washington on Friday, Jan. 14. Pac-12 Networks will handle the live broadcast at 7:00 p.m. PT. Dave Marcus' radio call can be heard at ucla.leanplayer.com.