1/17/21 WESTWOOD, Ca - The Washington State Cougars (7-2, Pac-12, 5-2) was rank #25 in the nation, was knocked off by the USC Trojans in overtime 81-77 at the Galen Center, and travel Westwood to take on the #8 UCLA Bruins (7-2, Pac-12, 5-2) at Pauley Pavilion.
The Cougars had to come from behind and battle back to force overtime with the Bruins, but came up short and lost for the second time in overtime 68-66.
UCLA in the first quarter led Washington State 11-2 after a layup by Michaela Onyenwere. The Cougars trail 13-6 after two free throws by Lauryn Miller.
The Cougars went on an 8-0 run to tie the game 13-13 after Charlisse Leger-Walker's three-pointer. The Bruins close out the quarter with a 7-0 run lead at the end of the quarter 20-13.
Onyenwere had 8-points, and Osbourne and Chou both had 5-points to lead the Bruins in scoring. Charlisse Walker had 5-points to lead the Cougars.
The Cougars trail the Bruins by three points, after going on a 6-2 run, 22-19, in the second quarter, with Emma Nankervis's layup with 5:27 left in the first half.
The Bruins, with 1:25 left in the first half, went on an 8-1 run to lead the Cougars 30-20. Washington State trail UCLA at halftime 32-21. Chou and Osbourne led the Bruins in scoring, both with 9-points.
Nankervis led the Cougars in scoring with 7-points, and Bella Murekatete and Charlisse Walker both with 6-points.
UCLA led Washington State by fifteen points with 2:12 left in the third quarter, 45-30 after Chou made a layup. The Bruins ended the quarter leading the Cougars 48-35, after a layup by Osbourne.
The Cougars were down by seven points, 48-41, with 4:47 left in the game after a jump shot by Johanna Teder. Washington State trail by two points, 48-46, after a layup by Krystal Leger-Walker.
Krystal-Leger-Walker tied the game for the Cougars 48-48 after making her jump shot. The Cougars had their first lead of the game 50-49 after a layup by Krystal Walker. The Bruins regained the lead 52-50 after a basket by Osbourne with 1:05 left in the game.
Oyenwere, with two seconds left in the game, gave the Bruins a 53-50 lead. Charlisee Walker was foul and made her first free throw making the score 53-51.
On her second attempt, she missed it deliberately, and her sister Krystal Walker got the rebound and made a layup that tied the game 53-53 to send the game into overtime.
With 27 seconds left in the game, the Bruins lead in 66-62 after Osbourne made two free throws. The Cougars trail 66-63 after Charlisee made one of her free throws with 4 seconds left in the game.
Onyenwere with 2 seconds left in the game, made two huge free throws to give UCLA a five-point lead 68-63. Johanna Teder would make a three-point shot at the end of the game that made the final score 68-66, and another heartbreaking loss in overtime for the second time for Washington State.
Osbourne teammates encouraged her to keep on shooting during halftime, and it paid off big for the UCLA Bruins.
"I definitely think I'm confident in taking those shots but if my shot isn't falling before that I get a little hesitant. So just having that little reminder that I practice those shots all the time and I have the confidence to make those," Osborne said. "I think that just helped me."
Osbourne scored 28-points, eleven-points in overtime to lead UCLA in scoring, followed by Chou 15-points, and Onyenwere 14-points. Charlisee Walker led Washington State in scoring with 18-points, Bella Murekatete's 14-points, and Krystal Leger's 14-points.
The Bruins made 21 of 70 shots from the floor, 31.0 percent, 6 of 19 from the three-point arc, 31.6 percent, and committed 11 turnovers.
The Cougars made 27 of 66 shots from the floor, 40.9 percent, 6 of 18 from the three-point line, 33.3 percent, and committed 17 turnovers.
UCLA won't play until next Friday and will travel up north to take on the Stanford Cardinal, who lost today to the Colorado Buffaloes 77-72, in overtime. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #uclawbb #uclabruins #wsuwbb #washingtonstatecougars #pac12 #charismaosbourne #micaelaonyenwere #charliseelegerwalker #krystallegerwalker #tgsportstv1