BERKELEY, Calif. – Charisma Osborn had 32 points and No. 7 UCLA beat California 78-58 on Friday night for its 12th consecutive win over the Bears.
UCLA (17-3, 6-3 Pac-12) bounced back from a loss to unranked Washington State and faces a big showdown at No. 4 Stanford on Sunday. The Bruins started the season 14–0, but had lost three of their last five.
London Jones added 18 points, including six straight points on one possession after Cal cut the lead to single digits midway through the fourth quarter. Jones scored three by being fouled off the ball and then made a layup plus a foul after UCLA maintained possession. Angela Dugalic also had 12 points for UCLA.
Ugonne Oniyeh led Cal (13-9, 3-7) with 21 points. The Bears have lost six of seven.
Less than a half minute later, Lena Sontag drained Osborn’s elbow jumper off a screen, giving her 2,102 career points, tying Mylana Martin for third on UCLA’s scoring list. The graduate student recorded her 30th point with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter on another jumper, scoring seven consecutive points and putting the Bruins ahead 51–32.
UCLA leads 53–38 after three quarters.
UCLA was without leading scorer Lauren Bates for the third consecutive game, who is averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds this season. Bates practiced during the week but was listed as questionable due to “undisclosed medical reasons”.
UCLA: The Bruins are back on track with a conference win ahead of a top-10 matchup at Stanford on Sunday, where they will need to repeat Friday’s performance without Betts.
Cal: The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bears, who begin the season facing four ranked Pac-12 opponents in five games.
UCLA: At No. 4 Stanford on Sunday.
Cal: Hosts No. 15 Southern California on Sunday.