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No. 11 UCLA women roll to win over Cal; USC falls to No. 1 Stanford

UCLA Bruins forward Michaela Onyenwere shouts on the court against the Arizona Wildcats.
UCLA forward Michaela Onyenwere shouts during a game against Arizona on Dec. 4.
(Jennifer Stewart / Associated Press)

Michaela Onyenwere and Natalie Chou scored 18 points apiece and No. 11 UCLA cruised to a 71-37 win over California on Saturday.

Emily Bessoir added 13 points for the Bruins (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12 Conference), who face No. 1 Stanford on Monday.

Dalayah Daniels scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears (0-6, 0-3).

After Chase Griffin rallied UCLA in the second half, the Bruins failed on a two-point conversion try in the second overtime and lost 48-47 to Stanford.

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Onyenwere scored the first two baskets of the game and closed the first quarter that gave the Bruins aa 19-8 lead. It was 37-21 at the half and the lead kept growing.

UCLA only shot 39% but that was good enough with the Bruins’ defense. Cal shot 28%, going 2 of 14 from 3-point range, and had 30 turnovers UCLA, which had 10 turnovers, converted into 28 points. The Bruins were credited with 20 steals.

No. 1 Stanford 80, USC 60

Kiana Williams scored a season-high 27 points, and top-ranked Stanford defeated host USC for its sixth straight victory.

The Cardinal (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) haven’t lost in Los Angeles to the Trojans since 2008 and have won 11 in a row against them. Stanford closed out a week in which Tara VanDerveer became the winningest coach in women’s basketball history, passing the late Pat Summitt. VanDerveer now has 1,010 victories.

A day after losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, USC announced it will not play in a bowl game because of the risks associated with COVID-19.

Lexie Hull had 16 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Cameron Brink added 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes. Haley Jones grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Cardinal to a whopping 54-26 edge, including 22-4 on the offensive glass.

Endiya Rogers led the Trojans (3-2, 0-4) with 26 points.


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