Tonight’s UCLA Women’s Basketball game was a tale of two halves. The first half was Oregon’s while the second half belonged to UCLA. After playing both halves, the teams were tied and it went to overtime where the Bruins just ran out of steam.
In the first quarter, the Ducks came out strong. In the first six minutes, the Ducks got out to as much as a 12-point lead and Oregon finished the first with a 10-point lead. The second quarter was a continuation of the first and the Ducks extended their lead to as many as 18 before finishing the half with a 57-41 lead.
After the break, the Ducks were able to come out and increase their lead to 19 points with 7:26 left in the quarter. From this point forward until the end of regulation, the game would be all Bruins. In the remainder of the third, UCLA would cut the Oregon lead from 19 back down into single digits and the third quarter ended with the Bruins down by just 7, 78-71.
The Bruins would cut the Ducks’ lead down to just 4 with seven and a half minutes to go in the game, but the Ducks were able to get it back to 9 over the next 1:15 and it was 82-76 with 6:18 left. But, a 9-0 run by the Bruins tied the game with 4:15 to go.
Oregon retook the lead on a pair of free throws by Sabrina Ionescu, but Jordin Canada answered with a pair of her own and it was tied at 87-87. Japreece Dean hit a three-pointer with 2:18 to go to give the Bruins their first lead of the game, but it was short-lived as UCLA was unable to score again during regulation while Ionescu tied it back up by making three of four free throws in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime.
With 1:28 left in overtime, the teams were tied again at 94-94, but the Bruins just couldn’t find the basket after that as the Ducks finshed OT with a 7-0 run to win the game 101-94.
The loss puts the Bruins in a tie for third place with Oregon State, two games behind the conference-leading Ducks and one game behind second-place Stanford.
The Bruins return home to face Colorado on Thursday and they close out the regular season against Utah on Saturday. In order to claim a share of the Pac-12 title, UCLA will need to win both games and need some help from the Arizona and Washington schools, which play Oregon and Stanford, respectively.