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UCLA Women’s Basketball Looks for Sweep Against Southern Cal

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After losing three games to teams ranked in the top ten, the Bruins look to get back on track at home against the Trojans.

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Now that the Rams playoff game is over and the Rams have won in overtime, Bruin fans can focus on this afternoon’s women’s basketball game between the Bruins and Southern Cal.

Last Time Out

Last Sunday, the Bruins lost to Oregon at home by a score of 72-52. If you thought yesterday’s loss by the men’s basketball team was ugly, you would probably consider last Sunday’s women’s game against the Ducks uglier.

The Ducks scored the first four points of the game and never looked back. The Bruins were never able to tie the game up and it just got worse as the game progressed. Unlike yesterday’s men’s game, the Bruins weren’t able to mount a late rally to cut the final deficit in half as UCLA lost to the Ducks by 20 points.

Michaela Onyenwere led the Bruins with 13 points while Japreece Dean was also in double-digits with 11.

Southern Cal Trojans

If this season has been disappointing for the Bruins, it’s been far worse for Southern Cal. After starting off 10-1 with their only non-conference loss coming against Texas A&M, the Trojans have lost all five of the Pac-12 Conference games. That includes a 72-65 loss to the Bruins at the Galen Center on December 30.

Consistency has been a problem for Southern Cal. Only two players, Mariya Moore and Ja’Tavia Tarpley have started all 16 games so far. While Moore is averaging 13.0 points per game, she isn’t the leading scorer for Southern Cal. That honor belongs to her younger sister Minyon who is averaging 14.3 points per game, but even she has missed a couple of games this season.

Outlook

The Bruins’ schedule has been rough of late as UCLA faced three top ten teams back-to-back-to-back. This game looks to be a needed break for the Bruins, but it’s hard to call a rivalry game a break.

Despite that, I still think that UCLA sends the Trojans home with their sixth Pac-12 loss of the season, probably by about 10 points.

This is your UCLA women’s basketball vs. Southern Cal open thread.


Go Bruins!!!