After the UCLA women’s basketball team needed a fourth quarter comeback yesterday to beat the UCF Knights, 61-56, the Bruins will now wrap up the Cavalier Classic with a 12:30 pm PT game against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Last Time Out
Yesterday, the Bruins faced their biggest challenge of the season so far. After the first quarter, they trailed the Knights, 20-17. But UCLA came back in the second to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room at the half.
After the break, the teams battled it out for most of the third quarter, but, in the final minute of the third, UCF went on an 8-0 run to take a 51- 46 lead over the Bruins at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter, the Bruins resorted to playing tough defense to win the game. Over the first 5:59, UCLA held the Knights to just two points. With 1:50 to go, Japreece Dean hit the backend of a pair of free throws to tie it, 56-56. Then, with 53 seconds left, the Bruins got a critical three-pointer from Charisma Osborne which gave them the lead.
With 43 seconds left, Sianni Martin turned the ball over and then immediately fouled Lindsey Corsaro. But, Corsaro missed both. Thankfully, Michaela Onyenwere grabbed the rebound and put it back up and in to seal the win.
Onyenwere led the Bruins with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Dean added 19 points.
The Cavaliers are currently 4-3. They’ve lost to #4 UConn, #13 Kentucky and UCLA’s rival Southern Cal so far while beating Bucknell, CSUN, Old Dominion and James Madison.
The player to look out for is senior guard Jocelyn Willoughby. Willoughby leads Virginia with 16.3 points per game. She’s the only Cavalier averaging in double figures.
Today’s game should be another win for the Bruins given how the Cavaliers have lost to two ranked teams as well as Southern Cal.
This is your UCLA women’s basketball vs. Virginia open thread.