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UCLA Faces Oregon in Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal

Mar 3, 2022

No. 7 Seed UCLA (14-11) vs. No. 2 Seed Oregon (19-10)
Date: Thursday, Mar. 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. PT
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (Michelob ULTRA Arena)
Watch: Pac-12 Network (Krista Blunk, Mary Murphy)
Radio: (Dave Marcus)

Playing in its eighth consecutive Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal, UCLA will take on No. 2 seed Oregon on Thursday, March 3 at 6pm.  The winner will advance to Friday's semifinals to face the winner of the Washington State-Utah matchup. UCLA beat USC 73-60 in a first round matchup, while the Ducks had a bye.  

UCLA is 0-1 against Oregon this season, losing a non-conference matchup on Feb. 16, 67-53. UCLA outscored Oregon 24-14 in the third quarter of that game to cut a 20-point halftime deficit in half but was unable to get any closer than eight. Charisma Osborne and Dominique Onu each contributed 16 points, which was a new career high for Onu. The game was a makeup from the Jan. 28 game that UCLA had to forfeit due to injuries unrelated to active COVID-19 cases. UCLA is 1-2 all-time against Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament, last meeting in 2019 in the semifinals, an 88-83 win for the top-seeded Ducks. The Bruins' lone Pac-12 Tournament win came in 2003 in the quarterfinals (71-58).  

UCLA is 24-19 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament and has advanced to the final six times, most recently a year ago after beating Washington (58-46) and Arizona (58-49) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. The Bruins lost to eventual NCAA champion Stanford in the championship game, 75-55. UCLA has one Pac-12 Tournament Championship to its credit in 2006, beating Stanford 85-76 in overtime in the title game.    

No. 7 seed UCLA pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat No. 10 seed USC, 73-60, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The win was UCLA's third of the season against its crosstown rival, and it advanced the Bruins to the quarterfinals for the eighth consecutive year. The Bruins had four players in double-figure scoring, led by IImar'I Thomas, who scored 18. Angela Dugalic recorded her first career double-double with a career-high-tying 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Charisma Osborne added 14 points and five rebounds, and Jaelynn Penn had 11 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Sanders led USC (12-16) with 18 points. The Bruins used a 17-4 scoring run in the second quarter to build a 13-point lead with two minutes to play in the half, but USC closed with a 6-0 run to trim the lead to seven at the break. USC tied the game at the end of the third quarter, but Penn took over and led UCLA to a 12-2 run to take control, 60-50. 

• UCLA has two players ranked in the Top 5 in scoring in the Pac-12 (No. 2 Charisma Osborne - 17.0 and  No. 5 IImar'I Thomas - 15.5). No other school has more than one player in the Top 5.  
• UCLA ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in turnovers per game (13.5) and in free throw percentage (.781). UCLA shot 20-for-22 from the foul line against USC In the Pac-12 First Round. 
• Thomas has led the Bruins in rebounding in six of the last nine games and has two double-doubles in the month of February, recording 16 points and 12 rebounds against Cal on Feb. 6 and 16 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona on Feb. 24. 
• Angela Dugalic recorded her first career double-double in the Pac-12 Tournament first round, grabbing career-highs in points (13) and rebounds (12) in the win over USC. Dugalic's point total matched her previous career-high, set last year against UCLA when she was a member of the Oregon Ducks. 
• Chantel Horvat recorded her second consecutive 10-rebound game in the Pac-12 Tournament win over USC. 
• UCLA has held its opponent under 70 points in eight of the last nine games and is 14-3 this season when doing so.
• UCLA held Arizona to a season-low 46 points on Feb. 24 and snapped the Wildcats' 16-game home winning streak.
• UCLA has totaled 40 or more rebounds in its last four games, grabbing a season-high 48 at Arizona.

Two players who started the calendar year on the injured list have returned in the past month to play solid minutes for the Bruins. Redshirt freshman forward Angela Dugalic, a transfer from Oregon, made her first Bruin appearance on Feb. 11 at Washington State, playing 16 minutes and grabbing four rebounds. Dugalic scored her first points as a Bruin the following game at Washington, netting two baskets and snagging three rebounds in 14 minutes of action. She had a breakthrough game against USC in the Pac-12 Tournament, recording her first career double-double with career-best numbers of 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play. In eight games, Dugalic is averaging 16.2 minutes, 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Camryn Brown returned on Jan. 30 at Oregon State after her ACL injury suffered at the end of 2020-21 and has played in 11 games, with three starts. Brown is shooting 46% from the field, second-best on the team. Junior forward Brynn Masikewich made her first appearance since 2019-20 during the Bruins' Jan. 26 game against Arizona and also saw action at Oregon State on Jan. 30. Additionally, Jaelynn Penn returned on Feb. 13 from a hand injury that kept her out of seven games and has started the last six games. She had started the season's first 11 games prior to her injury.  

UCLA's 1-2 PUNCH -- Charisma Osborne and IImar'I Thomas
UCLA is the only Pac-12 team with a pair of players among the league's Top 5 scorers, with junior guard Charisma Osborne currently second with 17.0 points per game and graduate transfer forward IImar'I Thomas fifth at 15.5 points per game. Osborne had two 20-point games in the month of February, scoring game-highs of 23 points at Washington State and 22 points at Washington) and also had a 27-point outing in the team's road victory over USC on Jan. 23, securing six rebounds and dishing out three assists in the win. Thomas has impressed in her first season with the Bruins after transferring from Cincinnati, compiling 22 double-digit scoring efforts, including a 32-point performance in UCLA's dominant victory over San Jose State (Dec. 5) and a pair of double-doubles against California Feb. 6 (16 points, 12 rebounds) and at Arizona Feb. 24 (16 points, 11 rebounds). Osborne has scored 10+ points in 21 of 22 games she has played this season, and Thomas has reached double figures in 19 of UCLA's last 21 contests and in 22 games total. Thomas has led UCLA in rebounding in six of the last nine contests, and she leads the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game with 2.8. She also ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, shooting at a 54.0% clip.