The stress the UCLA females’s basketball team encountered on Friday evening was substantial, yet the Bruins endured it– and also sometimes flourished under it– as they handed Stanford its second straight loss.
” A great deal of people talk concerning how we do not have a great deal of players as well as there’s just 8 or nine of us, as well as we don’t really bother with that,” Charm Osborne claimed. “I’m just really honored of just how my interplay, as well as how every person came out and also simply was so hard.”
Osborne had 24 points, 9 rebounds and also 3 steals and sixth-ranked UCLA handed No. 5 Stanford its 2nd straight loss, 70-66, on Friday evening at Kaiser Permanente Field in Santa Cruz. Michaela Onyenwere added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12), Natalie Chou had 12 points as well as five rebounds, and Emily Bessoir added 11 points.
UCLA blew an 11-point lead in the second half, and also the score was knotted 3 times in the fourth quarter, Stanford rallying to connect it for the last time at 66 with 1:47 continuing to be. Osborne struck 2 free throws with 1:23 staying to put the Bruins back in front permanently.
The Cardinal had a possibility to connect or win in the last secs, yet Francesca Belibi committed the team’s 14th turnover with 13 secs left and UCLA put the video game away at the free-throw line, Osborne and also Onyenwere each making one.
” I wanted to appear in this video game as well as actually just play easily as well as just play just how I play,” Osborne stated. “Credit rating to my teammates for offering me a pep talk prior to the game when we were preparing and also just telling me that no person can safeguard me as well as providing me a whole lot of confidence.”
It was Osborne’s fourth consecutive video game logging at least 20 points.
” I simply embraced her so limited after the video game,” UCLA trainer Cori Close said, “and just resembled, ‘Look, you did it. You lived it. You made the self-confidence now, of what it suggests to be an elite gamer in huge games on both sides of the ball when traveling. I can not offer you that self-confidence– you have actually obtained to make it– yet you sure gained a great deal of confidence tonight.'”
” Every person on our team understands it’s not concerning ‘me,’ it’s about ‘us,'” Close commended. “I just believed there was a lot selflessness on screen tonight. That was the distinction in the game– our strength, togetherness, and our selflessness to be able to play whatever function is needed.”
Early, Stanford (11-2, 8-2) appeared anxious for a bounce-back efficiency after the then-top-ranked Cardinal, shed 77-72 in overtime at Colorado on Sunday, but UCLA had the ability to match its quick speed through the opening up quarter and also profited from Stanford mistakes when it mattered most. Osborne transformed a takeaway right into a layup, then drained pipes a deep 3-pointer to cut Stanford’s bring about 9-8 near the 7:20 mark.
The Cardinal compelled the Bruins to the border for a lot of their shots in the first quarter. Freshman Emily Bessoir hit a 3-pointer to connect the score at 11-11, but Stanford was able to draw away for a 20-15 lead.
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UCLA responded in the second quarter. Onyenwere made a layup, then hit another equally as the shot clock ended to link it at 27-all. An Osborne 3-pointer provided the Bruins the lead once again with 5:40 left and they held a 41-36 benefit at halftime.
UCLA kept its rhythm in the third quarter– when Onyenwere fell hard on her joint– as well as led by seven points heading into the 4th.
Kiana Williams led the Cardinal, that shed consecutive games for just the 4th time because 2010, with 19 points and 5 aids. Belibi had 14 points, Haley Jones included 12 points and also five rebounds, and also Lexie Hull had 11 points and six rebounds.
The Bruins won their fourth straight game and improved to 3-2 versus ranked challengers. They dominated the boards, outrebounding Stanford 44-31, consisting of a 21-7 benefit on the offending glass, translating to an 18-6 side in second-chance factors.
UCLA hosts Arizona State next Friday. The Bruins were scheduled to play at Cal on Sunday mid-day, yet that game was postponed because of COVID-19 advancements within the Cal program.
The Associated Press added to this story.