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Bruins Host Bears Sunday Afternoon

Feb 5, 2022
Camryn Brown

GAME INFORMATION
UCLA Bruins (9-7, 4-5) vs. California (10-5, 1-3)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 – 12:00 p.m. PT
Time: 12:00 p.m. PT
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
Watch: Pac-12 Network (J.B. Long, Tammy Blackburn)
Radio: ucla.leanplayer.com (Dave Marcus)

SERIES HISTORY / SCOUTING REPORT: California Golden Bears
Sunday's matchup between UCLA (9-7, 4-5) and California (10-5, 1-3) is the 80th all-time matchup between the programs. The Bruins lead the all-time series by a decent margin at 56-23, including a 28-8 mark in contests played at UCLA. The Bruins have won seven consecutive games in the head-to-head series, last falling to California on Feb. 3, 2017. In the most recent matchup, UCLA defeated California by a score of 71-37 at Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 19, 2020).

California enters the showdown with a 10-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in conference play. The Golden Bears are coming off a 72-69 victory over USC on Friday night, giving the squad its first win since Dec. 21 (they had played just three games in that span due to postponements). Cal is led by frosh guard Jayda Curry, who is averaging 20.4 points and 2.7 assists per game.

RECAP -- UCLA vs. Stanford (Feb. 3)
Three Bruins scored in double figures but that proved to be not enough in a 76-48 loss to No. 2-ranked Stanford on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Charisma Osborne had a team-leading 12 points to reach double figures for the 17th consecutive game while Natalie Chou (11 points) and Chantel Horvat (10 points) also reached double-digits. Stanford, which shot 45.5% as a team, was led by Francesca Belibi's 20-point, 13-rebound double-double (she led all players in both statistics). UCLA led early on in the game, opening the scoring on an old-fashioned 3-point play from Chou and nursing a three-point lead midway through the first quarter. The Bruins had 15 points in the fourth quarter - their most productive quarter of the night - fueled in part by 8 straight points from Chou to close out the game.

LOOKING BACK -- UCLA vs. California in 2020-21
UCLA and California matched up just once during the COVID-affected 2020-21 season, with the Bruins pulling out a decisive 71-37 victory over the Golden Bears on Dec. 19, 2020 at Pauley Pavilion. Natalie Chou and Michaela Onyenwere co-led the team with 18 points apiece in the rout. UCLA took control early in that game, scoring the first six points of the contest and going ahead 19-8 by the end of the first quarter. The Bruins out-scored California 19-5 in the fourth quarter to stretch the final margin to 34 points. The Berkeley end of the series, originally scheduled for Jan. 24, 2021, was postponed and ultimately never made up. Barring a matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament, 2021-22 marks the third consecutive season UCLA and California will only play once.

OSBORNE NAMED TO LATE SEASON WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior guard Charisma Osborne was selected to the Late Season Top 20 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's. Osborne is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.5 points per game. She has scored in double figures in each of the 14 games she has played this season and has five 20-point games to her credit, including a 27-point effort at USC on Jan. 23 and a 26-point output against UConn on Dec. 11. Osborne also drained a career-high seven three-pointers against the Huskies. Earlier this season, Osborne joined UCLA's 1,000-point club and now has 1,013 career points.

NOTES ON THE BRUINS
• UCLA is seeking its eighth consecutive win over California.
• UCLA has two players ranked in the Top 4 in scoring in the Pac-12 (No. 2 Charisma Osborne - 17.5 and No. 4 IImar'I Thomas - 15.8). No other school has more than one player in the Top 10.
• UCLA ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in assist/turnover ratio (1.14) and No. 3 in free throw percentage (.762).
• Osborne scored a season-high 27 points in UCLA's win at USC, her fourth game with at least 25 points this season.
• Osborne has scored in double figures in each of her last 17 games played dating back to last season.
• UCLA is 9-0 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points.
• Natalie Chou has started every game this season and 34 consecutive games dating back to last season.
• UCLA's 206 turnovers as a team are the fewest among all Pac-12 squads

UCLA MILESTONE WATCH
• Charisma Osborne became the 38th player to join the 1,000 point club at UCLA after scoring 13 against Arizona (Jan. 26). She now has 1,013 career points.
• Osborne has knocked down 149 three-pointers across her career, just one away from 150.
• Osborne has dished out 178 assists across her career, just 22 away from 200.
• Natalie Chou has scored 974 points across her career, just 26 away from 1,000.
• Chantel Horvat has scored 489 points across her career, just 11 away from 500.
• Jaelynn Penn has scored 1,467 points across her career, just 33 away from 1,500.
• Jaelynn Penn has dished out 235 assists across her career, just 15 away from 250.
• Chantel Horvat has dished out 99 assists across her career, just one away from 100.
• IImar'I Thomas has dished out 280 assists across her career, just 20 away from 300.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
UCLA hasn't had more turnovers than assists since Jan. 9, a span of seven straight games. That streak represents a season-long for UCLA. At 206, the Bruins have the fewest turnovers among all Pac-12 teams this season and rank second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.14), just one-hundredth of a point behind Utah's league-leading 1.15.

UP NEXT: UCLA at Washington State (Feb. 11) and Washington (Feb. 13)
After Sunday's game against California, the Bruins hit the road for a pair of big Pac-12 games in the Pacific Northwest against Washington State (Feb. 11) and Washington (Feb. 13). Both contests will be televised on Pac-12 Los Angeles.