LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women’s basketball team lost a Pac-12 game to eighth-placed Arizona on Wednesday night but could lose even more.
Young guard Charisma Osborne was taken off the field in the third half of the Bruins’ 74-63 loss with what appeared to be a non-contact injury to her right knee. Coach Cori Close wasn’t clear on the extent of the injury after the game, but losing the former Windward High star for any length of time would be a blow to a UCLA team already underpowered by injury.
Jaelynn Penn (hand injury) missed the third game in a row on Wednesday, so when Osborne was sidelined, it left the Bruins with no return to start against a Wildcats celebrating their turn. Go.
Shaina Pellington scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth half and Sam Thomas added 19 as Arizona finished the game 12-0 at the Pauley Pavilion.
Arizona (15-2 total, 5-2 Pac-12) has won four of its last five games and ended UCLA’s four-game winning streak.
The Bruins (9-5, 4-2) were led by IImar’I Thomas, who had 14 points. Natalie Chou added 13 points, Osborne had 12, Chantel Horvat had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Dominique Onu had 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Osborne, who averages a team-best 17.9 points per game, was just named Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performance in two USC sweeps. She scored a season-high 27 points and won six rebounds in Sunday’s 68-58 victory at the Galen Center.
“If people go down, things happen,” said UCLA’s Thomas. “But like, the five of us need to gather there and we’ll carry on no matter what. Keep fighting and never give up.”
After going 11 points in the first half, Arizona sealed the score with Thomas’ 3-pointer, and Cat Reese gave the Wildcats a 44-42 lead as she shot a pair of free throws with 5 :05 left in the third quarter.
“We can go out on the field and get punched in the face and still fight,” said Sam Thomas. “But we can’t let that happen again.”
Thomas then hit another 3-pointer from the left to give Arizona a 5-point lead and UCLA called out of time. However, even without Osborne, UCLA stayed close until the final minutes of the game.
The Bruins took the final lead of the night 63-62 at Horvat with 4:12 remaining, but Arizona kept the Bruins from scoring for the rest of the run, with Pellington scoring. six points in the Wildcats’ 12-0 close.
“Pellington won the cup and Thomas hit 3 seconds,” said Close. “Everybody knows that. And they can still do it. Give them credit for their discipline and playing to their strengths. We need to learn to let those things go.”
The Wildcats had the highest scoring defense in the Pac-12 and they surrounded Thomas throughout the game and also forced UCLA to split 15 times.
“They’re not going to let us staged the offense, putting people in a position where we’re comfortable,” Close said. “And if we do well, we have really easy shots on the other end, but it’s really hard and that’s not where some of our young bodyguards really feel comfortable. ”
Arizona started the game cold as ice, missed the first nine shots and finished the first half with just 3 to 17 from the field. The Wildcats also overturned twice through attacking fouls in opening time, courtesy of Onu and Izzy Anstey.
Reese, Arizona’s top scorer, missed the first half with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Reese (12 points, 10 rebounds) was finally back, but her early absence was a luxury for UCLA, who seized the opportunity and opened the scoring 10-0 after Onu’s strike hit 3 points.
“We found a way to win,” said Arizona coach Adia Barnes. “We started very slowly and lacked intensity. What I’m proud of is that we played some of the characters and didn’t lie down and die. We found a way to win. The lesson from this game is that we can’t lose 19-8 and think we’re going to win the games.”
This was Arizona’s first win at the Pauley Pavilion since February 15, 2007.
“We have a lot of respect for Arizona, but we also have high expectations of ourselves,” said Close. “And we are not going to lower this level. I don’t care who gets up, who’s the next woman up, the bars just don’t come down. ”
UCLA plays at 19 Oregon on Friday, the third of the Bruins’ four road games this month. Arizona plays at Stanford #2 on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NCAA championship game.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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