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UCLA Completes Desert Sweep with 59-52 win at ASU

Feb 26, 2022
Charisma Osborne

Tempe, Ariz. - The UCLA women's basketball team closed the regular season with a 59-52 win at Arizona State on Saturday to complete the sweep in the desert following a Thursday night win at No. 12 Arizona. The win was the Bruins' 12th consecutive over the Sun Devils.

The Bruins (13-11, 8-8 in Pac-12 play) trailed early but outscored the Sun Devils (12-13, 4-8) by 10 in the second quarter, including a 7-2 run to end the half. UCLA controlled the paint, outrebounding Arizona State by a 44-29 margin and holding a 10-2 advantage in second-chance points.

Junior guard Charisma Osborne led the Bruins in scoring with 17 points and added seven rebounds. IImar'I Thomas contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Senior Chantel Horvat led all players with 10 rebounds and also recorded six points and one block.  

Arizona State jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the first quarter, scoring 10 unanswered to turn a 5-4 deficit into a nine-point lead. Jaelynn Penn almost single-handedly brought the Bruins back into it, scoring UCLA's next six points to help the Bruins close to within five, 16-11, with 1:54 to play in the quarter.

Down 18-11 to start the second quarter, Osborne made it a four-point game with a three-pointer, her first points of the game. UCLA tied 25-25 on a Thomas three-pointer at 5:48 and took its first lead since the start of the game with a long three-pointer by Osborne to make it 32-31 Bruins with 51 seconds to play in the half. UCLA closed the half with a 7-2 run to take a 34-31 advantage into the half.  

A Thomas second-chance bucket gave UCLA its biggest lead of the third quarter, 39-33. The Bruin defense held the Sun Devils without a field goal for the first five minutes but six third-quarter turnovers and a 3:30 scoring drought by the Bruins kept the Sun Devils within striking distance. Jade Loville gave ASU the 42-41 lead with a three-pointer with 1:30 to play in the third, but Osborne answered with a three of her own 30 seconds later to regain the lead, followed by a put-back by Penn that put UCLA ahead 46-42 to end the quarter.

Another second-chance basket by Thomas put UCLA up 57-48 with 4:52 to play, but the Sun Devils went on a quick 4-0 run to close to within five, 57-52, with 4:09 remaining. ASU held the Bruins without a point for over four minutes but could not score themselves. Camryn Brown blocked a three-point attempt by Taya Hanson with 31 seconds left, and Osborne hit two free throws to seal the win.

The Bruins finish seventh in the Pac-12 standings and will play No. 10 seed USC in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 6pm in Las Vegas.