Before this afternoon’s Super Bowl kicks off, there is one UCLA sport which is playing a a game. That game is today’s women’s basketball game between the Bruins and the Washington Huskies at 12:30 pm PT. There’s no TV, but there is a live stream.
Last Time Out
Friday night’s game against the Washington State Cougars was decided in the first quarter. The Cougars scored the first bucket of the night to take a 2-0 lead, but Lindsay Corsaro tied it up just 13 second later. With 9:02 left in the quarter, Washington State hit a jumper to retake the lead, 4-2, but, it was short-lived as UCLA reponded with a layup by Kennedy Burke to tie up again, 4-4. Michaela Onyenwere then scored to put the Bruins ahead, 6-4. After that, Washington State never led again, although they did tie it up one last time at 18-18 with 41 seconds left in the quarter. The final point of the first quarter came from a free throw by Lajahna Drummer as UCLA took the lead for good, 19-18.
The remainder of the game really just consisted of the Bruins increasing their lead. During the second quarter, UCLA extended the lead to as many as 15 points before a three-pointer by Alexys Swedlund cut it back to 12 with 2:03 left in the half. That ended up being the final points of the half and UCLA took a 37-25 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Washington State managed to cut the Bruins’ lead to as few as five point before UCLA extended it to a game-high, to that point anyway, 16 points with 1:15 left in the quarter. UCLA took a 60-44 lead into the final frame.
The Bruins kept increasing their lead through the fourth quarter, too. Eventually, they managed to go up by 27 points, 83-56, with 1:06 to go and the game ended that way.
UCLA had four players in double figures, starting with Onyenwere who led the Bruins with 21 points. She was followed by Burke who had 18 and Drummer who scored 12. Onyenwere and Drummer were both also in double figures in rebounds with 10 each, giving them both a double-double. Japreece Dean and Lauryn Miller scored 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
Speaking of Dean, she broke UCLA’s record for consecutive free throws in this game. Not only did she break Michelle Greco’s record of 32, she blew it away and she currently has made 37 in a row.
The Washington women’s team is almost the direct opposite of the men’s team. While the men’s team remains undefeated in Pac-12 play, the women’s team only has one win against conference opponents. So, today’s game should be even easier than Friday’s game against Washington State.
This is your UCLA vs. Washington women’s basketball open thread.