Charisma Osborne leads UCLA past Sacramento State in
LOS ANGELES — Fourth-seeded UCLA opened up the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Pauley Pavilion with dominance, beating No. 13 seed Sacramento State 67-45 on Saturday night.
The Bruins (26-9) move on to play fifth-seeded Oklahoma, which beat Portland, 85-63, earlier in the evening at Pauley Pavilion. The Greenville 1 Region second-round game will be at the same location on Monday at 7 p.m.
Three players finished in double-digits in scoring for UCLA. Charisma Osborne had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds in addition to five assists. Emily Bessoir had 14 points and eight boards and Kiki Rice chipped in a team-high 15 points.
As a team, the Bruins shot 41% and out-rebounded the Hornets 47-32.
Isnelle Natabou scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Sacramento State (25-8), which was making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history.
UCLA quickly jumped out to a 16-2 lead that was finished off by a Londynn Jones 3-pointer as the Bruins rotated through a plethora of player combinations. At one point, four freshmen were on the court in Lina Songtang, Kiki Rice, Gabriela Jaquez and Christeen Iwuala alongside senior Charisma Osborne.
The second quarter featured fluid passing and gritty hustle plays from the Bruins. When Sacramento State’s Kahlaijah Dean hit back-to-back jumpers, Osborne grabbed the ball off the ground and dribbled with the left hand then the right before passing to Emily Bessoir for a 3-pointer. The Bruins led 40-23 by halftime.
Both teams each put up nine points by he first media time out of the third quarter, but UCLA maintained its lead. Londynn Jones, who left the game just before halftime with an apparent lower body injury, gave her team a 30-point lead on a three.
UCLA outscored Sacramento State 13-11 in the final quarter to improve to 6-0 all-time against the Hornets.