The Bruins failed to lead from wire to wire, but maintained enough control to take the road win on Sunday.
No. 9 UCLA Women’s Basketball (17-3, 6-2 Pac-12) was eliminated in a road sweep after beating Washington State (13-6, 3-5) by a score of 73-66 at Pullman . The matchup came to an end as the Bruins trailed her by just 3 with 30 seconds remaining, but the free hit her throw in bursts to create enough separation in the moment of decline.
UCLA went all out, with five Bruins scoring double-digit points. Forwards Gabriela Jacquez and Emily Bessoir scored 13 points each with multiple 3-point shots, guards Kiki Rice and Gina Conti each dropped 12 points, and guard Charisma Osborne dropped 10 points. obtained.
UCLA won the first quarter, 20-12, but Washington State won 9-0 in the second quarter, giving the Cougars the lead. Jacquez sank a triple to regain the advantage, and Osborne hit a layup just before the halftime buzzer to put the Bruins ahead to his 32-30 lead.
Bessoir drilled two 3-pointers early in the third quarter, then Osborne hit two of her own to make it a five-pointer.
UCLA continued to put up multiple scores heading into the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 11 points after trading 3-pointer free throws from Bessoir and Conti.
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However, the Bruins’ offense turned cold, missing four shots in a row and going scoreless for nearly four minutes. The Cougars turned it into an 8-0 run, closing the gap to his 3 points in the process.
Rice hit a layup to stop the bleeding, but Washington State answered with another layup 13 seconds later. committed an overcoat.
However, the Bruins’ defense kept the Cougars off the scoreboard from then on as Washington State missed their final three attempts from the field. UCLA was able to score a perfect trip to the free throw line from Osborne and Rice to clinch the win.
UCLA resumes activities in Colorado on Friday. The showdown ends at 6:00 pm and will be televised on Pac-12 Mountain.
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