Bruins Pull Away from Huskies, Secure 63-48 Victory
LOS ANGELES – UCLA outscored Washington, 23-10, in the third quarter, turning a 27-24 halftime deficit into a 63-48 victory in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Forward IImar'I Thomas and guard Jaelynn Penn combined for 32 of UCLA's 39 second-half points.
Thomas finished with a game-high 25 points on 12-of-18 shooting. Penn totaled 16 points and also nabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Charisma Osborne joined them in double-figures with 11 points.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the game before Natalie Chou drained a corner triple to put the Bruins ahead, 5-2 (6:31). Trinity Oliver answered with a three-pointer for the Huskies, locking the score at 5-5 headed into the first media timeout (4:36). Both teams struggled offensively to end the quarter, with the Huskies maintaining a 9-7 lead after 10 minutes.
Washington (5-4, 0-1 in the Pac-12) pushed its lead to 15-10 before the Bruins (6-4, 1-1) scored six-straight points to take a one-point lead out of the media timeout. It was 20-20 before Oliver converted inside to push the Huskies back ahead at the 2:14 mark. Chantal Horvat scored on a nice drive on the right side, but the Huskies answered right back with a triple from Missy Peterson. Osborne and Peterson later exchanged buckets and UW took a 27-24 lead into the break.
Horvat and Osborne had six apiece to lead the Bruins at half. Washington's Haley Van Dyke was the only player in double figures after the first 20 minutes, putting up 10 points on 4-8 shooting. She finished the game with a Hugky-best 15 points.
The Huskies led by four early in the third quarter, but the Bruins responded with a 6-0 run to take a 34-32 lead, forcing a timeout from the Washington bench (4:58). After a triple from the Huskies, Penn went on a personal 6-0 run to push UCLA's lead to 40-35 at the 2:27 mark in the third quarter. The Bruins poured it on, as Osborne connected on a triple ahead of the third quarter buzzer and made it 47-37 headed into the fourth.
UCLA maintained its lead through much of the first half of the fourth quarter, with consecutive buckets from Thomas pushing the advantage to 53-42 at the 5:15 mark. UW answered with a three-point play from Lauryn Schwartz, but Thomas added two more buckets to make it 61-46 at the 1:51 mark. The Bruins would go on to secure the victory by a final score of 63-48.
The Bruins shot .519 in the game and .a blistering .786 in the third quarter, hitting 11 of 14 shots. UCLA's defense held the Huskies to .383 shooting and just 22 rebounds to the Bruins' 32.
UP NEXT: UCLA vs. Washington State (Jan. 16)
The Bruins are back in action for their second Pac-12 home contest of the weekend with a matchup against Washington State on Sunday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Los Angeles, with Dave Marcus handling the play-by-play radio call for ucla.leanplayer.com. The Bruins and Cougars split a pair of tight contests last season. UCLA secured a two-point victory at home on Jan. 17, 2021 behind 28 points from Charisma Osborne while WSU earned a four-point win in Pullman on Feb. 5.