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Buffaloes Down Bruins 67-54 at Pauley Pavilion

Feb 18, 2022
IImar'I Thomas

LOS ANGELES – IImar'I Thomas scored a team-high 17 points, however the UCLA women's basketball team was unable to pull off the victory against Colorado on Friday evening, suffering a 67-54 loss to the Buffaloes before 2,204 fans at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
 
The first quarter was extremely close, with both teams shooting 50% from the field. UCLA (11-10 overall; 6-7 Pac-12) was 7 for 14, while Colorado (17-7 overall; 6-7 Pac-12) was 8 of 16. Thomas led all scorers with 11 points, as she was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field, which included the only three-pointer made by either team in the quarter.
 
Only one 3-pointer was made in the first 10 minutes of action, however the two teams started the second quarter with back-to-back threes. UCLA's Dominique Onu drained her first 3-pointer of the evening in the first minute of play to give the Bruins a 20-17 advantage, however Colorado's Frida Formann answered right back just seconds later with a three of her own to tie the game at 20-20.
 
With Colorado leading 26-21 midway through the quarter, guard Natalie Chou drained a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to 26-24. With that bucket, Chou joined the 1,000-point club at UCLA, as she entered Friday's game with 997 career points.
 
With the game tied at 26-26 with just over four minutes to play in the quarter, Colorado got hot, going on an 8-0 run to take a 34-26 lead with a minute to play. The lead was eventually extended to 37-28 following a pair of made free throws from Colorado's Leslia Finau. The Bruins, however, got the final bucket of the first half when Kayla Owens buried a jumper off a fast break as time expired to cut Colorado's lead to seven at 37-30.
 
Colorado went on a 6-0 run to start the third quarter to go ahead 43-30. The Buffaloes would move out to their largest lead of the game up until that point not long after, as a Mya Hollingshed layup put Colorado up 48-32 at the 6:18 mark.
 
After failing to score in the first two quarters of action, junior Charisma Osborne found her groove in the third quarter, scoring a team-best eight points on 3 of 6 shooting, which included a pair of three pointers. The Buffaloes still managed to end the third quarter with a 15-point advantage and a 59-44 lead.
 
Colorado's Quay Miller started off the fourth quarter with a layup to give the Buffaloes their largest lead of the game (17 points). A pull-up jumper from Jaelynn Penn cut the lead to 11 with 5:48 to play, however that's as close as the Bruins would come the rest of the way.
 
In addition to her 17 points, Thomas also had a game-high eight rebounds. Hollingshed led all players on the evening with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting.
 
Friday's game marked UCLA's annual Play4Kay game, which honors cancer survivors and thrivers in the "fight against all cancers affecting women. Play4Kay is inspired by legendary basketball coach Kay Yow, who fought a 22-year battle with breast cancer. The first 1,000 fans in attendance received a special Play4Kay t-shirt. Exclusive women's basketball gear was also auctioned off at the game, with proceeds going towards Pledge It for Play-4-Kay. For more information on the cause, visit: kayyow.com.
 
UCLA plays its final home game of the season on Sunday, hosting Utah at Pauley Pavilion beginning at Noon. It will mark the team's annual Senior Day.