Charisma Osborne and Michaela Onyenwere lead No. 10 UCLA to victory over USC
Charisma Osborne recorded the ninth triple-double in UCLA history, Michaela Onyenwere scored 30 points in her final home game and the 10th-ranked Bruins made a school-record 16 3-pointers in their 93-51 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
Osborne had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 34 minutes. The sophomore is the seventh player in program history to have a triple-double and first since Japreece Dean against Yale in November 2019.
It was a nice bounce-back game for Osborne, who is third in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.1 points per game) but was 4 of 21 from the field in a loss to Oregon State on Feb. 21.
“She never loses confidence and has swagger on nights like this,” Onyenwere said of Osborne.
The UCLA gymnastics team will wear black and gold leotards featuring a raised fist on their shoulders at Saturday’s Black Excellence meet against OSU.
Onyenwere — an Associated Press preseason All-America selection — scored at least 30 points for the second time this season and fifth in her career. The senior forward made a career-high six 3-pointers and was 11 of 19 from the field.
Onyenwere said she tried to keep her emotions in check going into the game.
“I’m not really an emotional person, but there were a couple times that almost got me,” she said. “We didn’t start playing well, but the defense was able to get some stops and we were able to have a lot of uncontested 3-pointers.”
Bruins coach Cori Close said Onyenwere has been working to improve her perimeter shooting and that she was happy to see it come together. Onyenwere is making 40.4% from beyond the arc this season after making only 28.9% her first three seasons.
“Our ability to consistently shoot 3-pointers has been pretty amazing this season. It is one of the best 3-point teams I have had,” Close said. “That gives me a lot of confidence going into the tournament.”
Lindsey Corsaro — who was also playing her final home game — added 14 points, including going 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, as UCLA (14-4, 12-4 Pac-12) posted its highest margin of victory over its crosstown rival since 1999 and won both regular-season games against the Trojans for the first time in three seasons.
Alissa Pili led USC (10-11, 8-10) with 18 points and Jordyn Jenkins scored 14.
This was the final game for both teams before next week’s Pac-12 Tournament.
“They have a great team and had a great Senior Night. We have to get back to work and get ready for the conference tournament,” USC coach Mark Trakh said.
The Bruins led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter before breaking it open in the second, outscoring the Trojans 29-12 in the stanza to extend their lead to 20 at halftime. UCLA was 7 of 9 from beyond the arc in the quarter. Osborne had 11 points during a 17-2 run, including three 3-pointers.
UCLA closed the game by scoring the final 12 points.
USC: The Trojans have lost their last three games by an average margin of 30.3 points.
UCLA: This is the sixth-straight season the Bruins have won at least 12 games in conference play.
The conference tournament in Las Vegas. USC will open play on Wednesday, while UCLA will get a first-round bye as one of the top four seeds before its first game Thursday.
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