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Women’s Basketball Downs South Dakota State in the Bahamas

Nov 19, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women's basketball team took down South Dakota State in a 72-65 win on Saturday at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, the Bahamas. With the win, UCLA looks to face No. 11/12 Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the second round of the tourney.
Game 2 Information (vs. No. 11/12 Tennessee, Nov. 20)
Venue: Imperial Arena
Location: Paradise Island, the Bahamas
Tip-off Time: 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST
TV: FloHoops
TV Talent: Jill Painter Lopez, Isis Young, Dani Wexelman
Radio Talent: Dave Marcus (play-by-play)
Led once again by senior Charisma Osborne (28 points, 10-20 FG), the Bruins outscored South Dakota State in three out of the four quarters in Saturday's game. The Bruins avenged last season's WNIT semifinal loss to the Jackrabbits with the victory.

UCLA's bench outscored South Dakota State 25-16 in the game, with Gabriela Jaquez putting in 11 on 4-of-5 shooting (1-1 3PT, 2-3 FT). Redshirt-sophomore Emily Bessoir added 11 points as the Bruins' starting forward, knocking down two out of her three 3-point shot attempts against the Jackrabbits. Notably, Jaquez and Bessoir both celebrated their birthday on Saturday and tied for the team's second-leading scorer in the game.
The Battle 4 Atlantis was aptly named as the first quarter saw the teams traded blows inside Imperial Arena. All six lead changes and both times the game was tied occurred in the back-and-forth period. South Dakota State led 21-17 with 1:48 left to play, but the Bruins put together an 8-0 run behind two and-one buckets; Bessoir, assisted by Jaquez, sunk a layup through contact before converting her free throw. Osborne knocked down a mid-range jumper off a Jackrabbit miss, then graduate student Gina Conti jumped the passing lane to set up a last-second Jaquez layup. Jaquez was fouled on the play and sunk her and-one free throw to put the Bruins up 25-21 to end the quarter.

UCLA extended its lead in the second quarter, outscoring South Dakota State by five in the period. Seven Bruins put points on the board, with no player scoring more than four points in the quarter. The Bruins tightened up their defense, allowing only 14 points from the Jackrabbits. Senior Camryn Brown flew out to contest a shot with just under four minutes left in the second, getting a hand on the ball and sending it over the media tables lining the outside of the court.

South Dakota State did not attempt a shot from the free throw line in the second after shooting 8-for-10 in the first quarter. The Bruins headed into the half up 44-35.
Freshman Lina Sontag and Charisma Osborne combined for 10 of UCLA's 12 points in the third quarter. South Dakota State shot just 2-for-8 in the period and matched the Bruins' 12 before the final period of play.
Gabriela Jaquez knocked down a three-point shot to open the final frame (Jaquez has four-consecutive games with a three-pointer made). This ignited an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter, which extended UCLA's lead to 15 with 7:01 left in the game.

The Jackrabbits went on a 9-0 run of their own over the next three minutes before the Bruins settled in. Bessoir stopped the bleeding with a bucket in the paint. Freshman Kiki Rice fed the forward for her fourth assist of the game on the play (Q4, 4:09 – UCLA 66, South Dakota State 58). Neither team scored for more than two minutes until Charisma Osborne knocked down one of her two free throws with 1:57 to go. The Jackrabbits intentionally fouled the Bruins in the final minute of the game and four UCLA players hit at least one of their charity stripe attempts to close out the game.
UP NEXT: No. 11/12 Tennessee (Nov. 20, 12 p.m. EST)
The Bruins face No. 11/12 Tennessee (2-2) on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. EST in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The game will be broadcast on FloHoops and on UCLA Digital Radio. The Lady Volunteers defeated Rutgers 94-54 in their first-round matchup.