LAS VEGAS (AP) – Michaela Onyenwere scored 24 points on Friday night ը No. 9 UCLA beat Arizona No. 11 58-49 to advance to the Pac-12 Championship.
The third-placed Bruces (16-4) will play on Sunday for the number 4 position – Stanford – the highest tariff, the title of the conference.
The Bruns overcame a night of shooting in the semifinals, pushing back Arizona (16-5) late in the game, scoring a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stay short of just over a minute in two minutes. UCLA closed the final with a 9-2 run of 9-2.
Natalie Chu added seven points, six rebounds, three steals, including a key defensive shot and a free throw to UCLA during the last wave of the Bruns. Charisma Osbourne also had seven points in the last four 23 seconds.
“Natalie has gone from being a shooter to becoming a great basketball player, a versatile, versatile playmaker,” said UCLA coach Corey Close. “It was not about today’s statistics. It was about what our team needed to win the game. That is exactly what Charisma Osborne did. “
Pac-12 Player of the Year Ari MacDonald led second-placed Arizona with 24 points.
One night after the Brunins tied Washington in the quarter-finals with a season low of 46 points, they held Arizona to the lowest score of 18 1/2 points from a season low of 67.5 games. The Wildcats’ previous low was 59 points in a nine-point victory over California on February 19.
“We really wanted to focus on being dominant,” Onyenver said. “We knew Arizona would have ups and downs, left-right. They are a great team, they like to take you out of rhythm on the offensive line, in defense. Our key word was to stay stable. They started running in the fourth quarter. And like every such mess and break of time, “Look, stay strong.” They are going to run. Remain steadfast. ”
No team came off the pitch with a rhythm as UCLA had 16 of their pitches in the first quarter and Arizona hit just 4 to 10. In the wild, wild cats turn into six circuits.
But as UCLA began to find a niche, Arizona’s fight shifted to the second quarter after the Wildcats gave Kate Reese a 13-10 lead. The last 9 of the first floor. On the 13th, they fell into a drought in front of 0 from the floor. UCLA took advantage of that opportunity by hitting 14 of the 8 points in the section with a հատված 15-4 run into the locker room 25-17.
McDonald, trying to spark his team, struggled to hit Arizona with many blows. In the second quarter, he went from 1st to 6th, and in the first half, from 2nd to 9th. Only one other Wildcats player had two attempts in the second half, with no one making more than three shots in the opening half.
“It was a tough game, a physical game,” said MacDonald, who finished 8th out of 24 on the pitch. “We were getting stops, but registering droughts did not help, possible retaliatory blows without stopping the ball. It sucks. As a competitor, you do not want to lose. You want to play hard for 40 minutes. Especially since this is my last turn. But I’m proud of my team for fighting all along. He just wasn’t there yet. “
No Arizona player has had more than seven attempts.
“I think both teams were fighting offensively because we were both playing strong defense,” said Arizona coach Adia Barnes. “It’s awful. “I felt we had a chance this year.”
Arizona. Senior striker Sam Thomas has scored 53% of his 3-pointers in his last nine games. He took only two shots from the depth and fired one.
UCLA. Osborne scored twice in 12 consecutive games and averaged 17.8 points on Friday night. The freshman finished 1 out of 12 from the floor in 35 minutes.
Arizona. Awaiting bid for his NCAA Tournament.
UCLA. He will face high-ranking Stanford in the championship game on Sunday.
The AP Rapporteur, Anne M. Peterson, participated in this report.
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