The UCLA Bruins pulled off the upset. They defeated No. 9 Washington at home last night in a comfortable 90-79 win. This game was one of their best games they’ve had all season long.
When it comes to the UCLA starting lineup, there were really no surprises. After Jordin Canada suffered a neck injury against Oregon State, it wasn’t surprising that she did not start. She did , however, come off the bench with about three minutes left in the first quarter. Before then, the Bruins were just fine without her. Obviously, they would want her on the court, but they held their own until she entered the game. When Canada came in, she went right to work. She seemed to play a bit tentatively by opting to shoot from longer distances that she usually does. The teams went back and forth in the first quarter and UCLA led 22-20 after one.
By the half, Canada had tallied 13 points. Meanwhie, Monique Billings had 8 points as UCLA stretched their lead to 7 points by halftime, 43-36.
The second half was a big one for the Bruins. Washington chipped away at the score and tied up the game with a little more than two minutes to go in the third. But the Bruins took the lead again right away for good.
While Washington’s Kelsey Plum finished the night with 39 points, she could only do so much. While the Bruins weren’t able to stop Plum, they did stop the rest of the Huskies.
Tonight’s win was a team win. The offense did what they have always done and that is score. The defense slowed down the strongest offense in the Pac-12 conference. UCLA continued their dominance at home and have now won 26 straight games at home.
UCLA will face Washington State at home tomorrow morning.