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UCLA Earns Spot in Championship Game with Win over No. 11/12 Tennessee

Nov 20, 2022

Paradise Island, the Bahamas – UCLA Women's Basketball improves to 5-0 with Sunday's 80-63 win over No. 11/12 Tennessee (2-3) in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The Bruins will face Marquette (5-0) in the championship game at noon EST on Monday, Nov. 21, in a matchup broadcast on ESPN.

Game 3 Information (vs. Marquette, Nov. 21)
Venue: Imperial Arena
Location: Paradise Island, the Bahamas
Tip-off Time: 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST
TV Talent: Kevin Fitzgerald (PxP) and Carolyn Peck (analyst)
Radio Talent: Dave Marcus (PxP)
The Bruins shot a scorching 16-for-30 from the three-point line, tying a single-game record in makes (16 3PM – Feb. 26, 2021 vs. USC) for the program. UCLA sunk 10 of its 12 free throw attempts UCLA held Tennessee to just 63 points after the Lady Vols scored 94 points in their first-round matchup. The Bruins assisted on 21 of their 27 made baskets in the win.
"Today, different people stepped up. Different people made contributions, and I've just talked to this team about earning confidence and what kind of habits are you willing to commit to so that we can grow into becoming a special team," said The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close.

The Bruins held Tennessee to just nine points on fast breaks, but prior to Sunday's game 24 percent of Tennessee's offense came through transition makes.
The Lady Volunteers scored the first four points of the game but UCLA wasn't far behind. The Bruins went on a 10-0 run (Q1, 8:23-6:58) in just under a minute and a half of play. Charisma Osborne, Kiki Rice and Gina Conti got it going for the Bruins with two buckets inside the arc and two-consecutive three pointers. Rice assisted on both three-point attempts.

The Bruins would jump out to a 26-18 lead behind an eight-point first quarter from Osborne. Freshman Lina Sontag, Kiki Rice and Gina Conti combined for 15 more points in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Tennessee scored the first bucket of the second quarter but the Bruins quickly answered with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes. The run was capped by an Emily Bessoir three-pointer in transition off a Charisma Osborne steal.

UCLA extended its lead to 17 with 4:28 left to play in the half, but Tennessee surged back on a run of its own. Kiki Rice stopped the bleeding with a clutch three-pointer right before the buzzer, and the Bruins led 46-36 heading into the break.
The Bruins had a strong third quarter, a trend in the early season. UCLA is outscoring its opponents 106-67 through the first five games. Kiki Rice was 6-for-8 from the line for all of her third-quarter points, and Charisma Osborne added eight points in the period to extend UCLA's lead to 18 before the final quarter.

UCLA shot 6-for-12 in the final period, good for 15 points. Tennessee put up 16 points in the fourth quarter but were unable to make any sizeable comeback before the final buzzer sounded.

Freshman Lina Sontag got into double-digit scoring for the first time in her young collegiate career. The German native was 5-for-12 from the floor, including two three-pointers made, to score 12 points. Sontag grabbed a team-high seven rebounds against the Lady Volunteers.

Gina Conti added 12 points, her season-high with the Bruins. Conti scored all her points from three-point land, shooting 4-for-6 from distance.
Kiki Rice led the team in assists for the fourth time in five games, throwing six helpers to her teammates. Rice finished with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists, a pair of steals and a block.
Freshman Londynn Jones added nine points on 3-for-3 shooting, all of her buckets coming from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT: Marquette (Nov. 21, 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST)
UCLA will face Marquette in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Monday, Nov. 21, at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST. The trophy game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 with Kevin Fitzgerald (PxP) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) on the call.