No. 8 UCLA’s upset bid falls quick as No. 2 Stanford surges late

Generally, a workforce on the crest of the nationwide rankings isn’t discernably higher than an opponent that not too long ago burst into the highest 10.

Different occasions, although, rankings mirror actuality.

And, sure, No. 2 Stanford proved superior to No. 8 UCLA on Friday night time in a Pac-12 Convention girls’s basketball sport at Pauley Pavilion, profitable 72-59.

The Bruins have a star in Charisma Osborne, spectacular depth and a superb freshman class. But they’re painfully inferior in a single key space: placing the ball within the basket.

Stanford (17-1, 5-0) scored 9 of the primary 11 factors within the third quarter, turning a 32-32 halftime tie right into a 41-34 lead earlier than UCLA (14-3, 3-2) referred to as a timeout. The Bruins rallied, although, and entered the fourth quarter trailing 51-49. However the Cardinal once more started a interval scorching, scoring the subsequent 15 factors.

UCLA was scoreless the primary 8:04 of the fourth quarter, lacking 11 consecutive pictures. Stanford middle Cameron Brink blocked 5 pictures and 7 general.

Spirited protection by UCLA stored the rating even within the first half 32-32.

Cardinal All-American Haley Jones made solely three of 9 pictures, alternately hounded by Osborne and freshman reserve Gabriela Jaquez.

Osborne additionally was chilly, making two of 10 pictures within the half. The hampers got here back-to-back from three-point vary lower than three minutes into the second quarter, pushing UCLA forward 25-20. Factors turned scarce from there, nonetheless. A 3-pointer by Jaquez with 2:36 to play within the half was the one Bruins’ basket from the sector within the final seven minutes of the half. Osborne completed with 13 factors and 7 rebounds. Gina Conti additionally had 13 factors for the Bruins.

“I like what we are doing on the defensive end,” UCLA coach Cori Shut stated at halftime. “On the offensive end, we need to move the basketball to take advantage of mismatches.”

Not a lot did change, with UCLA forcing turnovers and hanging powerful a lot of the second half, solely to falter offensively.