Stanford Remains Unbeaten after defeating UCLA 61-49

UCLA Bruins # 21 Michaela Onyenwere (F) pulling up for a jump shot. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

12/21/20 WESTWOOD, Ca - The #10 UCLA Bruins are (5-1, Pac-12, 3-2) in the Pac-12 conference and will take on their toughness opponent, the #1 rank Stanford Cardinal, with a record of (6-0, Pac-12, 4-0).

Stanford led UCLA 14-6 in the first quarter after a jump shot by Francesca Belibi. The Bruins trail the Cardinals 19-12 after a pair of free throws by Michaela Onyenwere. The Cardinals at the end of the quarter 21-12.

The Bruins were down by four points, 23-19, after a basket by Charisma Osborne in the second quarter. UCLA was staying close after a basket by Emily Bessoir made the score 25-23.

UCLA got their first lead of the game 26-25 after a three-point shot by Haley Jones with 2:38 left in the first half. Stanford went on a 6-0 run to close out the first half leading 31-26.

"For a long part, we played pretty well," Bessoir said. "We just got to clean up our mistakes."

Stanford Cardinal #5 Francesca Belibi (F) look to pass the ball to one of her teammates. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

Onyenwere and Bessoir both led the Bruins in scoring with 10-points, and the Cardinal leading scorers were Belibi with 7-points, Jones 6-points, and Kaina Williams 5-points.

UCLA did a great job in the first half of taking care of the basketball, committed only two turnovers, and Stanford seven turnovers. Stanford outscored UCLA in the paint 16 to 12.

Stanford took a 35-31 lead in the third quarter after Francesca made her two free throws. The Cardinals went on an 8-0 run increasing their lead over the Bruins to nine-points 39-31. Stanford led at the end of the quarter by six points, 43-37.

Camryn Brown made a layup in the fourth quarter that had the Bruins down by four-points 49-45. UCLA head coach Cori Close called a timeout with 5:19 left in the game trailing Stanford 53-45.

UCLA Bruins #11 Emily Bessoir shooting a jump shot over Stanford's #5 Francesca Belibi. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

Stanford led UCLA 61-49 with 1:44 left in the game after a three-point shot by Lacie Hull, and that would be the final score of the game. Stanford improved their record to (7-0), and UCLA fell to (5-2).

The Cardinal dominated the paint by scoring 34-points compared to the Bruins' 22 points. The Bruins shot poorly from the floor, making 19 of 69 shots for 28.0 percent, and 6 of 28 from three-point range.

"Some of those 3's were not 3's in a rhythm that we create as a team. They were more panic 3's," UCLA coach Cori Close said.

Onyenwere led UCLA in scoring with 19-points, seven rebounds, followed by Bessoir 15 points and five rebounds. Belibi led Stanford in scoring with 15-points, five rebounds, Cameron Brink 10-points, nine rebounds, Kiana Williams 10-points, and Haley Jones 8-points and fifteen rebounds.

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