Last weekend, UCLA visited the state of Washington to face off against the two schools. They had hopes they would come out on top and they would go 4-0 in conference. Their hopes were dashed when they were defeated by both Washington schools. After their road trip, the Bruins head back home to face No. 10 Oregon State.
To say the team did not look good is an understatement. The only time UCLA led Washington was when Monique Billings opened the scoring at the beginning of the game. Once Washington got the lead, they kept it all the way until the final buzzer.
By the first timeout in the first quarter, Washington was leading 16-11 with every starter having scored in the first five minutes. Billings only had six points. By the half, Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor had 13 points each. The third quarter didn’t get better. The Bruins continued to turn the ball over and they couldn’t get stops. Even though they cut the lead to single digits five times, Plum made sure to increase the lead back to double digits. In the last quarter, the Bruins tried to chip away at the lead, but Washington was not going to allow it. They comfortably led the rest of the game.
After a tough trip to Washington, UCLA is back at home for two games against Oregon State and Oregon. The road has been tough for the Bruins, but home has been a lot nicer. They have won 20 consecutive games at home dating back to last season. Oregon State will bring the biggest threat yet in conference play. They have not yet lost a game since conference play has begun. After two weekends of conference play, the Beavers are the only team in the Pac-12 still undefeated in conference action. Defeating a team that has yet to lose and that is ranked at No. 10 is not going to be easy, especially if they play like they did in Washington.
If the Bruins want to continue their home winning streak and get back to the top of the conference, a lot will have to change. The matter of fact is that UCLA needs to play a lot better.
#17 UCLA Women’s Basketball (11-4,2-2)
Opponent: #10 Oregon State (15-1,4-0)
When: 6 pm PT, Friday, January 13, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles, and Oregon with Ann Schatz and Ros Gold Onwude
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now App