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Fierce UCLA defense buries Oregon State, 84-49

Taylor Kalmer looks to get by Japreece Dean. Photo by Maria Noble/WomensHoopsWorld.
Taylor Kalmer looks to get by Japreece Dean. Photo by Maria Noble/WomensHoopsWorld.
Taylor Kalmer looks to get by Japreece Dean. Photo by Maria Noble/WomensHoopsWorld.

Los Angeles – What was supposed to be a tough matchup between two closely-ranked teams turned into a one-sided affair Friday, as No. 14 UCLA pounded No. 16 Oregon State, 84-49.

Monique Billings led five Bruins in double figures with 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Michaela Onyenwere had 12 points and Jordin Canada and Japreece Dean each had 11. Canada also added six assists and four rebounds.

In their first home game in over a month, UCLA took control from tipoff with suffocating full-court defense that kept the Beavers from scoring a field goal until the 7:06 mark of the first quarter. They continued their assault in the second period, this time led by reserves, as Dean scored eight points and freshman Onyenwere put up six. A three-pointer by Dean at the buzzer gave the Bruins a 40-21 halftime advantage.

The third quarter saw the hosts pad their lead to 37, and in the fourth period they had a 40-point lead twice, as UCLA coach Cori Close systematically rotated players in and out. The Bruins’ bench outscored Oregon State’s, 36-16; they outrebounded them, 42-31; and they had 23 assists to the Beaver’s 13. UCLA had four turnovers going into the fourth quarter, and had a season-low nine to finish the game.

Close said the team depth she foresaw last fall is coming to fruition, and it is showing in the Bruin’s defense and team play.

“It wasn’t easy (earlier in the year) to find rhythms and sub enough where we could play that kind of defense and also keep us in a rhythm offensively, but we’re starting to get it,” she said. “Having a bench that not only comes in and give you a punch is good, but you have to have selflessness and determination. To have a 6-10 (players) is going to be huge down the stretch.”

Close said the proficiency of the Beavers made them a hard team to face. She was most pleased about her team’s ability to outrebound.

“Our identity is starting to round the corner to pressure defense, rebounding the basketball and unselfishly sharing the ball on the offensive end,” Close said.

Oregon State shot 41 percent on the night and only 16.7 percent from the three-point line, as they were never able to get into an offensive flow. Coach Scott Rueck said UCLA’s defense was the difference for his young team.

“Their initial on-ball pressure just against the point guard disrupts you, and they disrupted us most of the night, kept us on our heels and kept us off our spots and out of our sets,” he said. “There was nothing easy. And for us, we’re relatively inexperienced, and this is the most athleticism we’ve seen all year. They got more aggressive as we went and we got a little bit more passive. We needed to get comfortable and we just couldn’t.”

Marie Gulich led the Beavers with 16 points, while Taya Corosdale added 10.

Oregon State faces USC Sunday, while the 11-3 Bruins host No. 9 Oregon. UCLA’s most recent loss, to Stanford last week, taught them something.

“We have a very similar game plan (for Oregon),” Close said. “We need to not think so much that we’re not able to play with the aggression that we know we can.”

Pac-12 attendance average thus far

Pac-12 attendance average

Oregon State, 3872
Stanford, 3213
Oregon, 3033
California, 2459
UCLA, 2455
Arizona State, 2175
Washington, 1598
Arizona, 1521
Washington State, 1440
USC, 1396
Colorado, 1361
Utah, 1289

Statistics as of Jan. 4, 2018, courtesy of the Pac-12

Wins-losses inspire new questions, answer old ones

Upsets:

LSU tripped up #16 Missouri, 69-65.

Virginia downed NC State, 73-63.

Undefeateds:

#3 Louisville held off #17 Duke, 66-60. The Cardinals are 17-0.

#5 Mississippi State routed Arkansas, 11-69. The Bulldogs are 16-0.

#7 Tennessee pushed past Auburn, 70-59. The Lady Vols are 14-0.

More results:

#2 Notre Dame fended off Miami, 83-76.

#4 South Carolina dominated Mississippi, 88-62.

#10 Ohio State handled Minnesota, 91-75. (Gophers freshman Destiny Pitts had a career-high 28 points).

#13 Maryland took care of #18 Iowa, 80-64.

#19 Texas A&M gave Kentucky their seventh straight loss, 74-70.

All scores.

Old questions answered:

Iowa probably isn’t quite ready to knock off Maryland.

Yep: Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee ARE that good. The Lady Vols can close out down the stretch now, when the going gets tough.

Destiny Pitts is one of the best freshmen in the country.

Yes, the SEC will be wild this year.

Northern Colorado appears to be for real.

New questions:

How long can Louisville, Tennessee, Mississippi State and UConn remain undefeated?

Notre Dame has been unbelievably cursed with injuries this year. How long will they be able to keep winning?

Minnesota has had a rough start in Big Ten play, after a stellar preconference showing. Will they pick it back up?

When will Kentucky stop the bleeding?

When will Detroit Mercy win a game?

Tomorrow’s schedule includes Pac-12 play, so we’re excited.

Senior CLASS Award nominees announced

The list:

Name Position School

Raigyne Louis Guard LSU
Ariel Atkins Guard University of Texas
Briana Betz-White Guard Loyola University Maryland
Lexie Brown Guard Duke University
Tyra Buss Guard Indiana University
Amanda Cahill Forward Indiana University
Emily Clemens Guard Western Illinois University
Kylie Giebelhausen Guard Southern Illinois
Rebecca Greenwell Guard Duke University
Delaney Hodgins Forward Eastern Washington University
Faith Ihim Forward Oral Roberts University
Kaylee Jensen Center Oklahoma State
Jackie Kemph Point Guard Saint Louis University
Jordan Korinek Forward Kent State
Grace Lennox Guard Eastern Illinois University
Sally McCabe Center Belmont University
Brooke McCarty Guard University of Texas
Brittany McPhee Guard Stanford
Sydni Means Guard Mercer
Kia Nurse Guard UConn
Michelle Nwokedi Forward University of Pennsylvania
Vionise Pierre-Louis Center University of Oklahoma
Tianna Tarter Guard East Tennessee State University
Ellie Thompson Forward South Dakota State
Rebekah VanDijk Center UT Arlington
Victoria Vivians Guard Mississippi State
Carlie Wagner Guard University of Minnesota
Kristy Wallace Guard Baylor University
Morgan William Guard Mississippi State
Gabby Williams Forward UConn

More milestones

What a year for milestones in college hoops:

Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill grabbed a quadruple-double tonight: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. It’s only the fourth quadruple-double in Division I history.

Tyra Buss became Indiana’s all-time scoring leader in the Hoosier’s win tonight.

Today’s results:

Upset……Kansas State toppled #12 West Virginia, 60-52.

#8 Texas got past #20 Oklahoma State, 84-79.

Penn State slipped by Indiana, 77-74.

Rutgers buried Illinois, 76-37.

Michigan State blew out Northwestern, 81-51.

All scores.

Tomorrow’s schedule includes some tasty matchups.

College team news:

Maryland has owned the Big Ten. Could Iowa knock them off?

Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings likes the current team’s light mood.

South Carolina is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA on Te’a Cooper’s hardship waiver.

Three questions for MTSU as conference play begins.

Previewing the Power 5 conferences.

Mid-American Conference power rankings.

College player news:

Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham has a right knee sprain only.

The status of injured Notre Dame guard Lili Thompson is being kept quiet by the school. Uh oh.

Mallory McGwire accepts her new role as a reserve for Oregon.

Gabrielle Cooper attacks rebounds for Syracuse. Her teammate Desiree Elmore may not play.

NCAA starting five for the week.

Broadcast schedule for the next week:

Stacked.

WNBA news:

Overseas update.

Darius Taylor has returned to the bench to help coach the Atlanta Dream.

Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi are reportedly expecting a child.

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