This morning, the undefeated UCLA women’s basketball team wraps up their non-conference schedule with a game against the highest ranked team they’ve faced so far. The #12/14 Indiana Hoosiers are 10-1 so far this season. Their lone loss came against #2 Baylor on a neutral court in the US Virgin Islands. This morning’s game tips off at 9 am PT on Big Ten Network.
Last Time Out
The Bruins visited Georgia in the first game of this final non-conference road trip and UCLA defeated the Bulldogs, 59-50. Michaela Onyenwere led all scorers with 19 points while Lauryn Miller recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The first quarter was a battle and the lead changed six times during the quarter. With 2:37 left in the first, the scored was tied 12-12. A three-pointer by Lindsay Corsaro and a jumper from Lauryn Miller put the Bruins ahead 17-12 before Georgia hit a buzzer beater to close UCLA’s lead to 17-15 after one.
The second quarter was all Bruins. UCLA clamped down defensively and only gave up four points in the quarter while scoring 16 to take a 33-19 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the third quarter, UCLA increased their lead to as many as 18 points twice, but Georgia fought back and outscored the Bruins by a bucket in the quarter, cutting UCLA’s lead to 12 after three.
In the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter, UCLA managed to increase their lead by a point to 13. Georgia made a late run when they scored the final four points of the game. But, it was too little, too late and the Bruins had the nine-point win, 59-50.
The Hoosiers have played a tougher non-conference schedule than the Bruins. Indiana has beaten Florida, #5 South Carolina, Washington State, and #21 Miami while their only loss came against #2 Baylor.
So, today’s game will give Bruin fans a really good opportunity to see where the team stands. If the Bruins can go into Bloomington and come out with a win, this team is the real deal because these two teams are ranked close enough to each other that the Hoosiers should be favored to win at home.
Overall, the Hoosiers are a well-balanced team with five players averaging in double figures. As a team, they are shooting almost 50% from the field. So, the Bruins will need to find a way to suffocate the Hoosiers shooting if they want to win today.