LOS ANGELES — Closing out games has not always gone as planned for the UCLA women’s basketball team this season, but the Bruins found the formula on Friday night.
Gabriela Jaquez scored 14 points, Charisma Osborne had 12 points and 10 rebounds and No. 18 UCLA locked up Oregon State in the fourth quarter for a 62-54 victory at Pauley Pavilion.
Oregon State, which lost its fifth consecutive game, took a 51-46 lead with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter but didn’t make another field goal the rest of the way.
UCLA capitalized on back-to-back turnovers by Oregon State, leading to a pair of fast-break layups by Jaquez, during a 12-0 run that gave the Bruins a 58-51 lead.
Emily Bessoir missed the second of two free throws with 33 seconds left, but Lina Sontag grabbed the offensive rebound before being fouled and making one of two free throws for a 60-54 lead.
Kiki Rice and Sontag each had 11 points for UCLA (19-6 overall, 8-5 Pac-12). The Bruins finished just 3 for 27 from behind the arc, with their first 3-pointer, in 15 attempts, coming with 2:39 left in the third quarter to pull within 43-39.
UCLA made buzzer-beaters to end the second and third quarters.
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Bendu Yeaney led Oregon State (11-13, 3-10) with 11 points. Talia von Oelhoffen, averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game, was held to four points on 1-of-9 shooting. Freshman Raegan Beers was helped off the floor with 1:50 left in the third quarter after a hard fall under the basket, and she finished with three points in 17 minutes.
Oregon State started the second half on a 12-2 run, opened and closed by 3-pointers from Noelle Mannen and Shalexxus Aaron, to take a 41-33 lead.