Osborne leads No. 5 UCLA past Washington 84-50

SEATTLE (AP) — Charisma Osborne scored 21 points, Michaela Onyenwere added 15 and No. 5 UCLA hammered Washington 84-50 on Sunday.

Osborne, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, reached 20 points for the seventh straight game as the Bruins (11-3, 9-3 Pac-12) sent the Huskies (4-10, 1-10) to their eighth straight loss. UCLA also got 14 points from Emily Bessoir in a near-perfect shooting night.

UCLA has now won six of its last seven after losing for the first time in 2021 at Washington State on Friday. The Bruins ran out to a 37-16 halftime advantage with Bessoir scoring nine straight at one point and led by as much as 28 in the second half, using its defense to stifle the Huskies.

Washington shot just 8 of 30 from the floor (26.7 percent) and missed all 11 of its 3-point shot attempts in the first half. The Huskies also committed 21 turnovers in the loss.

The Bruins outscored the Huskies 15-4 in the final 8 minutes of the first half, including seven straight quick points in a minute on two Natalie Chou hustle plays and an Osborne 3 that made it 29-12 with 6 minutes left. Onyenwere and Osborne teamed up for another quick 7-0 run to start the second half, pushing the lead to 44-16 with 7:45 left in the third quarter. The two UCLA stars also had seven rebounds and three assists apiece.

Haley Van Dyke led Washington with 13 points. No other Huskies player reached double figures.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: The win got the multifaceted Bruins back on track. After going 5-0 in January, UCLA lost its first game of February, falling 67-63 to Washington State last Friday. The Bruins had an easy 21-point lead at halftime against the Huskies and had all facets of their offense working with just five regular-season games left.

Washington: The Huskies had little going on offensively against the Bruins, mostly capitalizing on grit in the paint. They have reached 60 points just twice during the losing streak. Things will only get more difficult as they head out on the road next weekend.

UP NEXT

UCLA: The Bruins will continue a stretch of four straight road games with a trip to Utah on Friday.

Washington: The Huskies take a swing through the Southwest next weekend starting with No. 9 Arizona on Friday.

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