It was an explosion in every sense of the word.
UCLA women’s basketball (5-2) dominated San Jose State (3-6) at the Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, using a 36-0 streak to complete the first half and ultimately win 112 -33. The Bruins kept the Spartans completely off the board throughout the second quarter and put in their best defensive effort and biggest margin of victory in the Cori Close era.
It wasn’t the first time UCLA had stomped on San Jose State at home, as the Bruins won 129-69 the last time the two teams met. Guard Jordin Canada finished the game with a 26-point triple-double and six players scored in double digits.
It didn’t look like the Bruins would be able to match that 60-point margin of victory early this time around, as they were caught at fault early and only led 12-10 with 3:30 to do in the first quarter.
From that point on, however, everything was UCLA and then some.
A 7-0 run for the Bruins gave them some separation before the Spartans hit two free throws and then they followed that up with a 9-0 run to end the first quarter with a 28-12 lead. The second quarter alone went 27-0 in UCLA’s favor, and it didn’t hurt that they shot 15 of 17 to end the half compared to the 18 back-to-back misses of the State of San Jose during the same period.
The Bruins’ halftime lead was 55-12 thanks to a 3-pointer from goalie Natalie Chou, beating the buzzer, and although the defense was technically not at the same level of record smothering in the second half. -time, Chou remained at long range red.
Chou finished with 31 points and shot 6 for 9 on 3 points. No matter where she was on the pitch – in corners, right away, on the dribble or on a pass – Chou was hitting almost every shot she pulled while grooming her teammates with 11 assists and leading UCLA with. two interceptions and two blocks.
Until she scored eight points in the final 90 seconds, it looked like IImar’I striker Thomas had done most of her damage in the first half, dropping 16 points before the break. But by hitting the quick break layup to take the Bruins to the mark of the century, then hitting four more layups in the deepest depths of garbage time, Thomas ended up with the 32 best points in the game. the team.
Goalie Jaelynn Penn also scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, ending the day with 20 points and eight rebounds. Guard Charisma Osborne had 13 points before leaving the game with an injury to the right midway through the third quarter. Osborne returned to the bench in the fourth quarter with an ice pack wrapped around his knee.
The best-scoring quartet totaled 96 points on 70.4% of shots, overtaking the Spartans by 63 alone.
The 79-point margin of victory meant the Bruins could have stopped scoring at 7:22 of the second quarter and still won the game. The 112 points were their highest since they last faced the Spartans.
UCLA is now 4-0 at home this season and returns to action on Saturday against UConn at 10 a.m. in Newark, New Jersey.
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