Bruins Extend Home Winning Trend Over WSU to 34-0
LOS ANGELES – Charisma Osborne scored a game-high 25 points to lead the UCLA women's basketball team past Washington State, 71-58, in a Pac-12 contest on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins improved to 34-0 all-time against the Cougars at home.
Washington State (10-6, 2-3 Pac-12) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, forcing a timeout from the UCLA bench. The Bruins (7-4, 2-1) got on the board via a pair of free throws from Osborne, but Johanna Teder and Charlisse Leger-Walker answered right back with triples to make it 13-2 at the 2:14 mark. The Bruins responded with a quick 6-0 run to end the frame, cutting WSU's lead to 13-8 after the first 10 minutes.
Jaelynn Penn and Osborne opened the second quarter with baskets to tie the game at 13 with under seven minutes to play. The teams exchanged triples before Grace Sarver put the Cougars back in front with a driving layup (5:01). IImar'I Thomas later connected from long range to put UCLA up four and the Bruins would hold the advantage through the end of the frame, taking a 28-24 lead into the halftime break.
Osborne led all scorers with 15 points after the first 20 minutes, converting a pair of triples and going 5-5 from the free throw line. C. Leger-Walker contributed 11 points for the Cougars on 5-12 shooting from the field.
The third quarter kicked off with a steal-and-score from Natalie Chou to push UCLA's lead to 30-24. Ula Motuga answered for WSU with two-straight threes to put WSU back in front, but Kayla Owens converted inside off a slick feed from Osborne to make it 34-33, Bruins (5:50). The teams exchanged buckets out of the media stoppage before a triple from Penn pushed the Bruins ahead, 43-40 (2:23). The back-and-forth quarter would continue and UCLA took a 49-47 lead into the final 10 minutes.
Threes from Osborne, Thomas, and Chou pushed UCLA's lead to 58-51 and forced a timeout from the Washington State bench. A put-back bucket from Owens pushed UCLA's lead to 14, but WSU responded with a quick 5-0 run to make it 67-58. But the Bruins' defense would hold the Cougars scoreless over the final 2:18 and tacked on four more insurance points to provide the 71-58 final.
Penn finished the game with 17 points including three triples while Thomas had 10 points and five boards. Owens had 10 rebounds and contributed six points with Chou adding seven points and two rebounds. Chantel Horvat gave the Bruins some help off the bench with six points and four rebounds.
C. Leger-Walker led WSU with 24 points and nine rebounds. Motuga was the only other Cougar to reach double figures in scoring as she had 13 points to go with nine boards.
UP NEXT: UCLA vs. USC (Jan. 20)
The Bruins are back in action for a matchup against USC on Thursday, Jan. 20. Pac-12 Los Angeles is set to cover the live action with Dave Marcus on the radio for ucla.leanplayer.com. It's the first of back-to-back games against the Trojans, with the battle at Galen Center taking place on Sunday, Jan. 23. UCLA swept the season series against the Trojans last season.