No. 8 UCLA women fade late against No. 2 Stanford

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES — The UCLA women’s basketball team came up one quarter short of toppling one of the best teams in the country – again.

Haley Jones scored 16 points, Cameron Brink added 12 and second-ranked Stanford scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter to pull away for a 72-59 victory over the eighth-ranked Bruins on Friday night.

Jones also had 12 rebounds and six assists to help the Cardinal (17-1, 5-0 Pac-12) extend their winning streak over conference opponents to 38 games. Brink added 12 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots.

Charisma Osborne and Gina Conti scored 13 points apiece and Emily Bessoir had 10 for UCLA (14-3, 3-2), which was tied with top-ranked South Carolina through three quarters in late November before losing, 73-64.

Stanford led 51-49 going into the fourth quarter when Brink took over. The junior scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots in the quarter as the Cardinal jumped out to a 66-49 advantage.

UCLA missed 12 shots and committed four turnovers before Conti hit a 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining for the Bruins’ first points.

The loss was frustrating for UCLA coach Cori Close, whose program has a six-game losing streak against teams ranked in the top 10. Three of those losses have come against Stanford, including this, their biggest margin of defeat this season.

“To get out-toughed and outrebounded in the second half really stings,” Close said. “We didn’t take care of the things under our control. We had too many mental errors.”

This is the third straight season the Cardinal have opened conference play 5-0. It is also their fourth straight win against a Pac-12 team ranked in the top 10.

“At halftime, I was disappointed with some of our shots,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I thought people were rushing shots, not running our offense and turning the ball over. And then I think we settled down in the second half.”

Agnes Emma-Nnopu was another factor late with all of her season-high nine points coming in the final 10 minutes.

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“I think we’re just scratching the surface of how good we can be. We’re just figuring out how to play people and who to play together,” VanderVeer said.


Osborne is the 20th player in UCLA history to reach 1,500 points, doing so with a layup late in the third quarter. The senior has 1,501 points.


Brink came into the game second in the nation in blocked shots, and this was the junior’s fifth game this season with at least five.


Stanford: The Cardinal have held their last 19 conference opponents under 69 points.

UCLA: The Bruins hit their first two 3-point shots, but were 7 for 25 from behind the arc the rest of the night.


UCLA hosts Cal on Sunday at noon.

Stanford plays at USC on Sunday at 2 p.m.

“We have to take responsibility, and […] I’m ultimately responsible. I have to figure out a way to get us to execute in the second half on the things that are under our control.” – Cori Close at tonight’s postgame press conference.#GoBruns

— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) January 14, 2023

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