The undefeated UCLA women’s basketball team is back home in the LA area, but the team will travel over the hill into the Valley to face the Cal State Northridge Matadors this afternoon at 4 pm PT.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, the Bruins finished playing in the Cavalier Classic with a game against the Virginia Cavaliers.
While UCLA won 73-62, this was an unusual game for the Bruins. For starters, UCLA allowed a big 11-0 run by the Cavaliers as UVa took an six-point 15-9 lead before the Bruins cut it back to four by the end of the first quarter and it was 17-13, Virginia.
But UCLA bounced back with a 14-2 run to start the second quarter as the Bruins took an eight-point lead just before the halfway mark in the quarter. UCLA extended their lead to 35-23 when Natalie Chou’s layup went in with just under three minutes to go in the half. Unfortunately, that was UCLA’s final bucket of the first half and the Cavaliers spent the rest of the half cutting the Bruins’ lead from twelve to just five by the break and the teams went to the locker rooms with the score 35-30, UCLA.
The Bruins increased their lead to eight twice in the first three and a half minutes of the third quarter, but the Cavaliers managed to go on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 46 each. Michaela Onyenwere took the lead back for UCLA right away on a layup as the Bruins retook it for good. UCLA had a six-point lead with the clock winding down in the third but UVa hit a three with just 28 seconds left in the quarter and the Bruins led 55-52 after three.
In the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, the Bruins went on a 14-2 run and UCLA extended their lead to 15. While the Cavaliers managed to chip into UCLA’s lead, it was never fewer than nine points in the final five minutes and the Bruins had their seventh victory of the season.
Onyenwere led all scorers with 27 points. She added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Lauryn Miller also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Charisma Osborne and Japreece Dean were also in double figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.
Cal State Northridge Matadors
Today’s game against Cal State Northridge should be over by halftime because the Matadors just aren’t a very good basketball team. So far this season, they are just 3-6. They’ve beaten Portland, Indiana State and LMU, who they edged by just two points. Meanwhile, they’ve lost to Southern Cal, Virginia, and Washington State.
I expect this one to be over by halftime.
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