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    Charisma Osborne, No. 2 UCLA women pull away from Washington
    • January 27, 2024

    By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Charisma Osborne scored 17 points and Londynn Jones added 13 to lead No. 2 UCLA to a 62-44 victory over Washington on Friday night.

    UCLA (16-2 overall, 5-2 Pac 12) had lost two of its last three games before beating the Huskies. With a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, UCLA went on a 10-0 run late to build a 60-40 lead.

    Washington (12-6, 2-5) has lost six of its last seven games. Dalayah Daniels had a team-high 14 points and Elle Ladine added 13.

    Lauren Betts, UCLA’s leading scorer at 15.4 points per game and one of the top players in the country, did not play due to undisclosed medical reasons. Washington’s Jayda Noble, a starter, did not make the trip to Los Angeles for undisclosed reasons.

    UCLA and Washington were both cold from the field in the first half. The Bruins made just 8 of 39 shots (20.5%) in the first half while Washington shot just 30%.

    UCLA also had seven turnovers in the first quarter. The Bruins turned it around in the second half, making 15 of 36 shots. Osborne made a 3-pointer from the left wing at the halftime buzzer to give the Bruins a 23-21 halftime lead.

    The Bruins outscored the Huskies 23-15 in the third quarter to take a 46-36 lead. Osborne had a pair of tough 3-point plays in the quarter to lead UCLA.

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    UCLA: Even though it wasn’t pretty, especially in the first half, the Bruins got back on track after losing two of their last three, providing a gritty win.

    Washington: The Huskies are young and are getting good experience for the freshmen and sophomores, who make up eight of the 12 roster spots.


    UCLA hosts Washington State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    Washington plays at USC on Sunday at noon.

    ​ Orange County Register