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Michaela Onyenwere leads No. 11 UCLA to victory over No. 8 Oregon

UCLA forward Michaela Onyenwere looks on during a game against Colorado on Jan. 12, 2020.
UCLA forward Michaela Onyenwere finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds in UCLA’s 73-71 victory over Oregon on Sunday.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

EUGENE, Ore. — Michaela Onyenwere had a career-high 33 points along with 10 rebounds and No. 11 UCLA held off No. 8 Oregon 73-71 on Sunday, snapping the Ducks’ 27-game winning streak.

In addition to the longest active winning streak in the nation, the Ducks (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) had won 24 straight conference games and 22 consecutive games at Matthew Knight Arena.

Charisma Osborne added 22 points for the well-rested Bruins (6-2, 4-2), who had not played since Dec. 21 when they fell to No. 1 Stanford 61-49 at Pauley Pavilion.

Te-Hina Paopao had 19 points while Angela Dugalic added 13 for the Ducks, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the final quarter but went on a 9-0 run to pull within 71-69 with 2:25 left.

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Chris Smith could only cheer for UCLA in its 65-62 win over Colorado after it was revealed he will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL.

Nyara Sabally hit a pair of free throws to tie it with 1:20 to go but Onyenwere’s layup put the Bruins back in front. After trading turnovers, Oregon got the ball back with seven seconds left but couldn’t score.

UCLA was supposed to play Oregon State on Friday, but that game was postponed when the Beavers suspended play because of COVID-19.

The Bruins jumped out to a 14-9 lead and closed the first quarter up 20-15, paced by Onyenwere with 12 points. She has scored in double figures in all of UCLA’s games this season.

Maddie Scherr’s 3-pointer pulled the Ducks in front 23-22. Dugalic’s jumper gave Oregon a 31-28 lead but the Bruins went 10-3 to close out the half for a 38-34 lead.

Onyenwere’s layup and Lindsey Corsaro’s 3-pointer extended UCLA’s lead to 47-36 in the third quarter. But the Ducks closed the gap, pulling within 52-50 on Te-Hina Paopao’s 3-pointer followed by a layup.

Paopao’s layup tied it at 54, but Charisma Osborne’s 3-pointer gave the Bruins a 57-54 lead heading into the final quarter. Another 3 from Osborne put UCLA up 65-55 with 7:48 left.

Oregon coming off a 92-69 victory over USC on Friday. Six Ducks scored in double figures in the win.


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