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#23 UCLA Women’s Basketball Hosts Undefeated Seton Hall

The Bruins welcome the Pirates to Pauley Pavilion this afternoon.

Michaela Onyenwere, shown here against Southern Cal last season, led the Bruins past Georgia on Wednesday.
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This afternoon, the UCLA women’s basketball team will look to extend their two-game winning streak and eleven-game home winning streak against the Seton Hall Pirates at 2 pm PT.

UCLA Bruins

The Bruins began the season on the road against Loyola Marymount and dropped their opener to the Lions. UCLA bounced back this past week by defeating both Rice and Georgia.

In their season opener, UCLA trailed most of the the game and actually cut the Lions’ lead to just two points with about a minute a half to go, but they couldn’t finish the comeback and fell 69-63.

Against Rice, the Bruins never trailed by more than a point and never in the second half en route to a 59-50 win over the Owls.

In the game against Georgia, UCLA trailed by five, 62-57, with about six and a half minutes to go. In the remaining time, the Bruins outscored the Bulldogs, 23-7 to come from behind and win the game 80-69. Michaela Onyenwere scored a career-high 25 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Kennedy Burke and Japreece Dean both finished with double figures with 21 and 17, respectively.

Seton Hall Pirates

The Pirates have started their season with four straight wins against Wagner, Kennesaw State, UTSA and Princeton. The first three of those wins were by 55, 22, and 31 points, respectively.

Against Princeton, the Pirates came back from seven points down with 2:15 to play to beat the Tigers by 4, 70-66.

Look for the Pirates to take a lot of three-pointers today. They have made double-digit three-pointers in two of their four games so far this year. Their top two players appear to be Shadeen Samuels, who scored 20 against the Tigers, and Nicole Jimenez, who had 15 points against Princeton.

Outlook

Today’s game will be a good early season test for Cori Close’s young team. The Bruins lost a lot of talent with the graduation of Jordan Canada, Monique Billings and Kelli Hayes.

It certainly won’t be an easy game as the Pirates have demonstrated that they are capable of playing tough and coming from behind late in the game.

This game could be an indicator of what to expect the rest of the way from UCLA.

This is your UCLA women’s basketball vs. Seton Hall open thread.


Go Bruins!!!