UCLA prevails against Washington State despite a slow start and only 7 players available.

UCLA Bruins #20 Charisma Osborne (G) going strong to the basket. Photo by Whitney Foster/T.G.Sportstv1.

1/16/22 WESTWOOD, CA - The UCLA Bruins had a huge obstacle to overcome, entered into the game against the Washington State Cougars with just a seven players rotation due to Covid-19 protocols, won 71-58.

Washington State started the game out hot against UCLA with a 13-2 lead in the first quarter. The Bruins finally found their footing with a six-point run to end the first quarter trailing 13-8.

UCLA Charisma Osborne made a three-point shot that tied the game 13-13. Washington State regained the led 16-13 after Tara Wallak returned fire, hitting a three-pointer.

Osborne began to catch fire, made another three-pointer of her own to tie the game again 16-16.

Osborne took matters into her own hands, drawing a foul at the three-point line, knocked down all three free throws with 4:25 left in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 19-18 lead.

UCLA Center IImar'i Thomas stepped up and knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Bruins lead to 22-18.

Determined to seize the moment, Osborne drove to the basket scoring a layup extending UCLA lead to six points, 24-18.

Washington State forward Ula Motunga showed her physical stature, dominating in the post for a momentum-stopping layup. Jaelynn Penn made a mid-range jumper extended UCLA lead to 26- 22.

Osborne had a stellar first half with a layup that gave her 15 points. Washington State showed no signs of giving up as their guard Charlisse Leger-Walker scored a last-second layup with 1.9 seconds as the Bruins led at halftime 28-24.

UCLA started the third quarter with a sense of urgency defensively, with their first points of the half coming off a steal and layup from their forward Natalie Chou to take a 30-24 lead.

Washington state's leading scorer Charlisse Leger-Walker took charge by driving to the basket scoring a layup to keep her team within range. UCLA led 32-27 after two free throws by Chou.

Washington State, momentum shifted when Ula Motuga knocked down consecutive three-pointers, giving them a 33-32 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter.

Matuga continued to be aggressive, drawing a foul and making two free throws. Thomas made a jump shot that gave the lead back to UCLA, 36- 35.

Penn caught fire late in the third quarter, scoring three, three-point shots giving UCLA a narrow lead 49 - 47.

The Bruins began to pull away in the fourth quarter thanks to 3 three-pointers shots by Osborne. Thomas and Chou extended their lead to 58-53.

Penn hits another three-pointer with 7:03 left in the game as UCLA begins to pull away, leading by eight points, 61-53. Leger-Walker made a three-pointer that made the score 67-56.

UCLA sealed the game defensively, causing a turnover with 2:48 remaining in the game. The UCLA Bruins overcame a 2-16 start to win with a final score of 71-58.

Penn finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and one assist. Charlisse Leger-Walker put forth a valiant effort led Washington State in scoring with 24 points and nine rebounds. Osborne led all scorers with 25 points, four rebounds, and four assists. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #charismaosborne #ucla #washingtostate #pac12 #ncaa #ncaawbb #uclabruinswomensbasketball #tgsportstv1