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No. 19 UCLA can’t keep pace with South Dakota State in 76-66 loss

UCLA's Charisma Osborne passes the ball
UCLA’s Charisma Osborne, shown here playing against Colorado in January 2020, finished with 15 points in the Bruins’ loss to South Dakota State on Saturday.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Lindsey Theuninck and Tori Nelson each scored 11 points and South Dakota State beat No. 19 UCLA 76-66 on Saturday at the Gulf Coast Showcase.

The Jackrabbits outscored UCLA 25-13 in the second quarter to take a 37-31 lead into the break. Paiton Burckhard opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and South Dakota State led by at least five points the rest of the way. Haleigh Timmer made SDSU’s last field goal with 3:37 left.

Burckhard and Paige Meyer added 10 points apiece for South Dakota State (3-4), which will play in the fifth-place game on Sunday. Myah Selland reached 500 career rebounds. The Jackrabbits made 23 of 28 free throws.

UCLA’s leading tackler on the defensive line will deliver a Thanksgiving spread fit for even the most ravenous of his 300-pound teammates.

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UCLA was given a technical at the end of the third quarter and Meyer sank both free throws for a 50-46 lead.

IImar’I Thomas scored 18 points for UCLA (3-2). Jaelynn Penn and Charisma Osborne each added 15 points.

Thomas became the fourth player in program history to reach 2,000 career points, joining Denise Curry, 3,198 (1978-81), Jordin Canada, 2,153 (2014-18) and Maylana Martin, 2,101 (1997-00).


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