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No. 20 UCLA Claims Battle 4 Atlantis Championship in Overtime Thriller

Nov 21, 2022

Paradise Island, The Bahamas – No. 20 UCLA Women's Basketball (6-0) defeated Marquette (5-1) 66-58 in overtime in the championship game of the Bad Boy Mower's Women's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, The Bahamas on Monday afternoon.
 
Senior Charisma Osborne was named tournament MVP, and freshman Kiki Rice was named to the all-tournament team.
 
Kiki Rice led all Bruins in scoring with a season-high 18 points (6-6 FT) and grabbed seven boards in the trophy game. Monday marks the first game in which Rice has led UCLA in points. Graduate guard Gina Conti added 16 points (4-for-9 FG, 7-for-9 FT) in 26 minutes of play. Conti and Rice hit four of four free throws to close the overtime period to put the game out of reach and seal the championship win.
 
In a true back-and-forth battle, the Bruins saw 10 lead changes and 11 ties in the overtime win. UCLA outpaced Marquette on most scoring metrics, outscoring the Golden Eagles 28-19 off turnovers and putting in 38 points to Marquette's 26 in the paint. UCLA also outscored Marquette off second-chance buckets (14-10) and on the fast break (8-2).
 
The Bruins held Marquette to 37.7 FG% (20-for-53) and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 45-38 in the matchup.
 
The Bruins and the Golden Eagles were locked in a defensive battle to start the game. Redshirt-sophomore Emily Bessoir got a block and drew a charge in the same possession to prevent Marquette from scoring a second-chance layup (Q1, 8:22). Marquette led 6-4 going into the first media timeout and, in a back-and-forth period, held an 11-8 advantage to finish the quarter.
 
Gina Conti started off the scoring for the Bruins with a pair of made free throws in the second. Bessoir and Osborne put in a couple buckets, then Osborne found a cutting Kiki Rice who put the ball in the cup. Rice would go on to have six points in the quarter, helping propel UCLA to a 19-point quarter. The Bruins and Golden Eagles were all tied at 27 going into the break.
 

 
Despite early foul trouble in the third quarter, the Bruins continued its offensive rhythm to start the second half. Kiki Rice played all but six seconds in the period, contributing four of UCLA's 17 third-quarter points.
 
Freshman Gabriela Jaquez provided a much-needed boost when she jumped the passing lane and got down court for an open layup to put UCLA up 40-35 (Q3, 4:46), forcing a timeout from Marquette. The Golden Eagles would put a fair fight after regrouping, scoring 17 points in the quarter to match UCLA's scoring total.
 

 
The teams headed into the fourth quarter all tied at 44, and they would be locked in step until the end of regulation. Each team made four shots, including one three-pointer, and neither team attempted a free throw in the fourth.  Neither team led by more than three points and the game was tied twice in the final frame. The Bruins and Golden Eagles scored nine points apiece and ended the fourth tied 53-53.
 
UCLA headed into overtime determined. Both veteran leadership and new talent shined in extra time, with Camryn Brown making a key steal to put the Bruins up 57-53 with 3:45 left in the game. Charisma Osborne found Kiki Rice for a mid-range jumper, and the freshman knocked it down to push UCLA's lead to five. Brown and Rice had four points apiece in the final frame to help UCLA in outpacing Marquette by eight points. Charisma Osborne blocked a last-second shot from Marquette, and the buzzer sounded with UCLA claiming the championship trophy.

 
 
UP NEXT: Jackson State (Nov. 25)
 
Upon their return to Westwood, the UCLA Women's Basketball team will take on Jackson State University on Friday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. inside Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The game will be streamed live to UCLA's Livestream site, which can be found here. Dave Marcus will be on the play-by-play call, and Marcus will also be on UCLA's Digital Radio broadcast here.