Women’s Basketball Downs State of South Dakota Bahamas

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women’s basketball team defeated South Dakota State 72-65 Saturday in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. With the win, UCLA meets No. 11/12 Tennessee in the second round of the tournament on Sunday, November 20.

Game 2 Information (vs. No. 11/12 Tennessee, Nov. 20)

Venue: Imperial Arena
Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Tip-off time: 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST
TV: FloHoops
TV talent: Jill Painter Lopez, Isis Young, Dani Wexelman
Radio: ucla.leanplayer.com
radio talent: Dave Marcus (Play by Play)

Once again led by Senior Charisma Osborne (28 points, 10-20 FG) The Bruins beat South Dakota State in three of the four quarters of Saturday’s game. The Bruins returned the favor by winning last season’s WNIT semifinals loss to the Jackrabbits.

UCLA’s bench outplayed South Dakota State 25-16 in the game Gabriela Jaquez 11 on 4-of-5 shooting (1-1 3PT, 2-3 FT). Red shirt sophomore Emily Besoir added 11 points as the Bruins launched forward and downed two of their three 3-point shot attempts against the Jackrabbits. Remarkably, Jaquez and Bessoir both celebrated their birthdays on Saturday and finished as the team’s second-best scorer in the game.

The Battle 4 Atlantis was aptly named as teams traded punches in the Imperial Arena during the first quarter. All six lead changes and both times the game was a tie happened in the back-and-forth phase. South Dakota State led by 21:17 and 1:48 to go, but the Bruins put on an 8-0 run behind two and a bucket; Bessoir, assisted by Jaquez, sank a layup through contact before converting her free throw. Osborne hit a mid-range jumper from a jackrabbit miss, then graduate student Gina Conti jumped into the fast lane to set up a layup by Jaquez at the last second. Jaquez was fouled in the game, sinking hers and a free throw to give the Bruins a 25-21 lead to end the quarter.

UCLA extended its lead in the second quarter, beating South Dakota State by five points during that period. Seven Bruins brought points to the board, with no player scoring more than four points in the quarter. The Bruins beefed up their defense, conceding just 14 points from the Jackrabbits. Senior Camryn Brown flew out to deny a shot with just under four minutes into the second, handed the ball and sent it over the media tables that lined the outside of the pitch.

South Dakota State did not attempt a shot from the free-throw line in the second quarter after shooting 8-for-10 in the first quarter. The Bruins went into halftime 44-35.

student in the first year Linda Sunday and Charisma Osborne combined for 10 of UCLA’s 12 points in the third quarter. South Dakota State shot just 2-for-8 that period and equaled the Bruins’ 12-game win before the last game period.

Gabriela Jaquez knocked down a three-point shot to open the final frame (Jaquez has made four straight games with a three-point shot). This sparked an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended UCLA’s lead to 15 with 7-01 still in play.

The Jackrabbits went on a 9-0 run of their own over the next three minutes before the Bruins calmed down. Bessoir stopped the bleeding with a bucket of paint. student in the first year Kiki Reis fed the forward to her fourth assist of the game (Q4, 4:09 – UCLA 66, South Dakota State 58). Neither team scored more than two minutes until Charisma Osborne hit one of her two free throws with 1:57 to go. The Jackrabbits intentionally fouled the Bruins in the final minute of the game and four UCLA players hit at least one of their charity strip attempts to end the game.

NEXT: #11/12 Tennessee (Nov. 20, 12 p.m. EST)

The Bruins meet No. 11/12 Tennessee (2-2) in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Sunday, November 20 at 12 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on FloHoops and on UCLA Digital Radio. The Lady Volunteers defeated Rutgers 94-54 in the first round.