After splitting a pair of home games last weekend against Stanford and UC Berkeley, the UCLA women’s basketball has a tough order this weekend when the travel to Oregon for a game against the Ducks tonight and one against the Beavers on Sunday.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, UCLA bounced back from Friday’s loss to Stanford by beating UC Berkeley, 80-74. It was a back and forth first quarter that saw three ties and six lead changes. UCLA five-point lead about three minutes into the game was the biggest lead of the quarter. The difference in this quarter was a buzz-beating three-pointer which gave the Golden Bears a 22-19 lead.
In the second quarter, the game was tied 27-27 when the Bruins broke the game open with a 12-0 run which made it 39-27 with 2:39 left in the half. UCLA held on to take a double-digit lead into the locker room and it was 43-33 at the break.
UCLA opened the second half with four points to increase their lead to 14, the biggest of the game, with 8:21 to go, but a 10-0 run by UC Berkeley cut the lead back to just four points, 47-43, with 6:03 left. About two minutes later, the Golden Bears had shrunk the lead just a point, but the Bruins battled back and, soon, were up by eight with 2:42 to go. UCLA was shut out in the rest of the quarter as UC Berkeley went on a 7-0 run to end the period and the Bruin lead was back to just a point heading into the final frame.
In the fourth, that 7-0 run to end the third quarter became a 13-3 run as the Bears re-took the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter. With 5:03 left in the game, UCLA was down 65-63, but, on the Bruins’ next possession, Michaela Onyenwere nailed a three-pointer that gave the UCLA the lead for good, 66-65. That was the start of a 9-2 run by the Bruins which gave UCLA a 72-67 lead with 1:38 to go. UCLA scored their final nine points of the game at the line to win this one 80-74.
Japreece Dean led all scorers with 28 points while adding seven assists. Onyenwere finished the game with 23 points and nine rebounds and Kennedy Burke was also in double figures with 13 points.
I’m really think that the women’s team needs to help the men’s team out when it comes to free throws. UCLA was 21 of 23 at the line in this game and those last nine attempts ultimately were the difference in the game.
Tonight, the Bruins head to Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for a game against the Ducks. Oregon is the #2 team in the nation and has lost just one conference game all season. Granted, that was on Monday in Corvalis to Oregon State, but there’s nothing that makes me think that tonight’s game will be any different from the last five times UCLA has played the Ducks, dating back to February 10, 2017.
I expect the Ducks to win easily tonight.
This is your UCLA versus Oregon women’s basketball open thread.