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UCLA 59, Southern Cal 56

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Emily Bessoir scored 16 points and No. 10 UCLA survived a late rally to beat Southern California 59-56 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Charisma Osborne added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Kiki Rice scored 14 points for the Bruins (10-1), who won despite shooting 32.9% from the field.

Kadi Sissoko led the Trojans (9-1) with 20 points. Rayah Marshall had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Destiny Littleton added 10 points.

UCLA had a 52-44 lead at the end of the third quarter. USC rallied back by scoring the first seven points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer by Marshall to get them to 52-51 before a layup by Bessoir snapped a Bruins' scoring drought of nearly seven minutes.

The Trojans had a chance to tie on their next possession when Marshall was fouled by Bessoir on a 3-point attempt, but the sophomore made only one free throw. The Bruins then scored the next three points to get some breathing room when Rice made a free throw and Bressoir got a basket after Rice missed her second foul shot.

USC had a chance to send it to overtime when Littleton got a rebound off Camryn Brown's missed layup with 11.8 seconds left. After a timeout, the Trojans tried to get a 3-pointer in the corner but UCLA's Gina Conti got a steal with 2 seconds left to preserve the win.

The game was tied at 22 midway through the second quarter before UCLA went on a 12-2 run that included five points each from Bessoir and Rice. The Bruins largest lead was 39-28 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Trojans are ninth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (32.7%), but were outrebounded by 11.

UCLA: The Bruins were held to a season low 59 points, but found a way to get a key win on the road.

December 16, 2022


UCLA
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Bessoir F 26 7-13 0-0 2-5 4-7 0 1 0 0 2 16
C. Osborne G 37 6-24 1-2 1-9 5-13 4 0 2 0 3 14
K. Rice G 35 6-18 2-3 0-4 1-3 1 2 1 1 2 14
G. Conti G 24 0-4 4-4 0-3 1-2 6 0 2 1 1 4
C. Brown G 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 2 3 2
L. Sontag 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 2-4 1 1 1 1 3 2
C. Iwuala 15 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-7 0 0 0 0 2 4
L. Jones 13 0-1 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 0 1 1
G. Jaquez 12 1-4 0-0 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 1 1 2
B. Masikewich 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals   199 24-73
(.329)
8-11
(.727)
3-23
(.130)
20-47 12 5 7 8 19 59


USC
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Sissoko F 40 8-15 4-7 0-1 3-8 1 0 1 3 1 20
R. Marshall F 35 5-11 4-8 1-1 1-10 0 4 0 2 3 15
O. Adika F 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 1 0 0 0 4 0
D. Littleton G 36 2-10 4-4 2-5 0-4 7 0 1 1 2 10
K. Williams G 32 1-8 0-1 0-1 0-1 3 0 0 0 3 2
T. Bigby 27 3-7 0-0 3-6 1-2 2 1 1 1 3 9
A. Miura 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
C. Akunwafo 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Love 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0
R. Doumbia 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 19-55
(.345)
12-20
(.600)
6-16
(.375)
9-36 14 5 3 10 16 56


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