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UCLA Defeats Troy 95-83 with Five Bruins in Double Figures

Nov 13, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women's basketball improves to 3-0 behind another Charisma Osborne double-double (29 pts, 10 reb), her second-consecutive, in Sunday's 95-83 win over Troy.
Osborne was shot an efficient 11-for-17 from the field and cashed in five of her six free throw attempts. The senior shooting guard was one of five Bruins to reach double-digit scoring in the matchup with the Trojans and led all players in rebounds.
Freshman Kiki Rice began to look more comfortable scoring the ball in Sunday's win, taking a season-high 12 shots from the field. Rice scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the game to go along with her five assists. The former Gatorade High School Female Athlete of the Year was active on defense, snatching two steals and making two blocks in just under 30 minutes of play.
UCLA posted its best shooting performance (42.7%, 35-82 FG) of the young season and held its opponent to just 30.6% (26-85) in the game. The Bruins out-rebounded the Trojans 59-49 and outscored Troy 32-19 on fast break opportunities.
Graduate Gina Conti earned her first start in Sunday's game after coming off the bench during Thursday's win over UC Riverside. In 18 minutes of play, the Ohio native scored 10 points and rebounded the ball six times, shooting 4-for-8 from the field.
Conti opened up scoring for the Bruins, going coast-to-coast for the first bucket of the game (Q1, 8:38). The Bruins scored the first seven points before Troy found the bottom of the net. Kiki Rice started to make her presence felt around the rim as she made two layups in the first four minutes to help bolster the Bruins' lead.  Freshman Londynn Jones broke away off a long rebound late in the quarter and converted her and-one free throw after sinking a layup through contact (Q1, 3:29).

Eight UCLA players scored in the first period of play as the Bruins got buckets by committee, coming out of the first ahead 24-16.
The second quarter was more evenly matched as the Bruins and Trojans both scored 20 points in the period. Conti was able to score her first triple in a Bruin uniform (Q2, 8:14), and redshirt-sophomore Emily Bessoir grabbed an offensive board for a second-chance bucket midway through the quarter for her first points in the game. All 10 Bruins who saw the floor managed to score in the first half after the German forward found the bottom of the net. Osborne was the team's leading scorer at halftime with 15 points.
Osborne nearly matched her first-half performance in the third quarter, pouring in 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The senior played all 10 minutes in the quarter and had a stretch of three-consecutive made baskets (Q3, 6:15-3:06). Osborne added three points from the charity stripe as she attacked the basket during the period.

Osborne capped her stellar quarter of play with an open layup off just before time expired, bringing her total to 29 in the game. Kiki Rice zipped a pass to her shooting guard in the paint for the score and UCLA led 70-54 going into the final period.
UCLA's lead ballooned to 27 points behind a surge of offense by three freshmen. Kiki Rice assisted on UCLA's first two baskets before sinking a 3-pointer of her own to put the Bruins up 77-56. Gabriela Jaquez scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting in just 2:30 before fouling out, and Londynn Jones scored six points in the quarter. UCLA led 89-62 with four minutes to play.
While the Bruins put up 25 points in the fourth, they allowed Troy to creep back in with free throw makes. The Bruins fouled 10 times in the final period and allowed Troy to take 16 shots from the charity stripe; the Trojans hit 11 of their attempts. Despite their best efforts, the game was out of reach for Troy and the Bruins led by 12 when the final buzzer sounded.
Up Next: Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 19-21)
The UCLA women's basketball team travels to Paradise Island, Bahamas to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament from Nov. 19-21. The Bruins face off against an opponent they saw twice last season, No. 23 South Dakota State, in the first round of competition. The rest of the field is comprised of No. 5 Tennessee and Rutgers, one of which will be UCLA's second-round matchup, No. 3 Texas, No. 7 Louisville, Gonzaga, and Marquette. The first two rounds of the tournament will be broadcast on FloHoops.