Regardless of what defense the USC women’s basketball team is using, each player seems to be focused on coaching UCLA’s Charisma Osborne.
She cheated again at the guard post on Sunday night, when the Bruins won, 68-58, at Galen Center for their second win in four days against the Trojans.
USC (9-7, 2-5 in Pac-12) defended Osborne aggressively, but the junior still hit double digits in scoring after halftime. She finished the game with 27 points, beating last season’s high of 26 and six bounces.
Her team built around her playstyle and matched her confidence. The Bruins (9-4, 4-1 in Pac-12) shot 71.4% from outside the arc in the first quarter for an early advantage with Osborne, Natalie Chou and Domonique Onu each producing at least one. point 3 points.
Chou finished the match with 10 points and four bounces. IImar’I Thomas, third in the Pac-12 in points per game, was once again a steady contributor with 14 points and a 50% shot.
The Trojans made two timely threes of their own to cut the deficit to 28-25, but Osborne made six free throws to give UCLA a 38-29 lead after halftime.
Just days after losing by nearly 20 points to the Bruins, USC picked up pace in the second half, with a change from Clarice Akunwafo giving the Trojans a three-point lead. Osborne and IImar’I Thomas teamed up for a seven-point run in the third quarter to thwart the USC effort.
Osborne was forced to leave the match with an injury with five minutes remaining. She was helped off the field, but played again soon after. Good news for a UCLA bench that is already short because of injury.
Arizona is next at UCLA, with a time of 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pauley Pavilion. USC is going to Oregon State on Thursday to play a game at 7 p.m. KST.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/23/charisma-osborne-leads-ucla-womens-basketball-over-usc/ Charisma Osborne Leads UCLA Women’s Basketball Tournament Against USC – San Bernardino Sun