UCLA Falls to No. 2 Stanford, 76-48
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women's basketball team endured a 76-48 loss to No. 2-ranked Stanford on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The Pac-12 matchup was televised nationally on ESPN.
With the result, UCLA's record moved to 9-7 (4-5 Pac-12) on the year. The Cardinal, which won its ninth consecutive game, improved to 17-3, 8-0.
Junior guard Charisma Osborne posted a team-high 12 points in the contest, reaching double figures for the 17th consecutive game dating back to the 2020-21 season. Graduate guard Natalie Chou recorded 11 points, and redshirt senior guard Chantel Horvat added 10 points of her own to reach double figures for the third consecutive game.
Redshirt senior guard Kayla Owens led UCLA on the glass, hauling in a team-best 8 rebounds. Graduate forward IImar'I Thomas added 7 boards.
Three separate Stanford players finished in double figures, with the Cardinal shooting 45.5% from the field as a team. Francesca Belibi led all players in both scoring (20 points) and rebounding (13 boards) to log a double-double. Lexie Hull (14 points, 10 rebounds) joined her in the double-double club.
UCLA had the upper hand in the opening moments of the game, with Chou connecting on an old-fashioned 3-point play to open the scoring and give the Bruins a 3-0 lead at the 8:22 mark of the first quarter.
Horvat, Owens, and Osborne all connected on jump shots later in the quarter to give UCLA a 9-6 lead with 4:57 left in the opening stanza, but that was as far ahead as UCLA would get. Stanford took a lead it would not relinquish after a 3-point conversion from Hull at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter.
UCLA would go on to score 15 points in the fourth quarter – its best single-quarter performance of the evening – fueled by a hot streak from Chou who scored the final 8 points of the game for the Bruins.
The Bruins return to action by hosting California on Sunday, Feb. 6, starting at 12:00 p.m. PT. That game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, with an audio broadcast available on UCLABruins.com.