The UCLA women’s basketball is heating up. The Bruins have won six in a row including two road sweeps over the last three weekends. Tonight, they return home with a tall order when they host #10 Stanford.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, the Bruins went into Salt Lake and overcame a two-point deficit at halftime to beat the Utes, 100-90.
In a back and forth first quarter, UCLA led by as many as six in the first quarter, but Utah re-took the lead with 2:06 left in the quarter and they led 23-20 after one. The Utes held onto that lead the entire second quarter, leading by as many as seven at one point. It looked like UCLA would head into the locker room down by four until Kennedy Burke laid one up and in with just six second to go to cut the Utes’ lead to 39-37 at the break.
The Utes held onto their lead until Michaela Onyenwere put the Bruins back up with 2:21 to go in the third. The teams battled for control of the game over the next minute and a half and the Utes were up by one, 56-55, with 51 seconds left in the third. Onyenwere’s bucket with 37 seconds left gave UCLA the lead and a three-pointer by Japreece Dean beat the buzzer to put the Bruins up by four heading into the final quarter.
The fourth was a crazy quarter which almost saw the teams combine for more points in the quarter than they had scored in the first half. As it was, the Bruins put up 40 points in the quarter, which set a UCLA record for the most points in a quarter. The previous record of 38 was set last season against San Jose State. The Bruins used the high-scoring quarter to stretch their lead to as many as 17 and they did it by extending their 5-0 run to end the third into a 11-0 run in total and adding a 12-2 run in the middle of the quarter. But, the Bruins never let the Utes get any closer than five points down in the final period.
Kennedy Burke led the Bruins with 26 points while Michaela Onyenwere added 25 and Japreece Dean had 24. Lindsey Corsaro was also in double figures with 10.
#10 Stanford Cardinal
When the Cardinal hosted the Bruins in January, UCLA lost to Stanford 86-80. It was the start of a four-game losing streak for the Bruins that included losses to Oregon, Oregon State and Southern Cal.
Tonight, the red hot Bruins will look for their first win of the year against a Top Ten opponent. It might be a tall order, but UCLA is carrying the momentum of six straight wins into tonight’s game.
Stanford has lost their last two road games to Utah and UC Berkeley. They also lost on Sunday at home to Oregon. All told, that means they’ve lost three of the last five games and makes them ripe for the picking tonight.
It won’t be easy and could go to OT, but I think the Bruins win tonight by about four at home.
This is your UCLA vs Stanford women’s basketball open thread.