GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Texas 71, UCLA 62

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

SAN ANTONIO - Celeste Taylor scored 24 points, Kyra Lambert added 17 and No. 6 seed Texas beat third-seeded UCLA 71-62 to advance to the Sweet 16.

Texas (20-9) outscored the Bruins 22-6 to go up 35-14 at halftime. That including holding UCLA (17-6) scoreless for nearly 6:30 minutes during a 12-0 run.

UCLA showed much more fight in the second half, cutting the deficit to 51-41 after three quarters. Charisma Osborne's three-point play with a second left got the Bruins as close as they had been since early in the second quarter.

But UCLA absorbed a couple of big blows early in the fourth. Michaela Onyenwere picked up her fourth foul, and Lauryn Miller crumpled to the floor after turning the ball over on the baseline. She had to be helped off the court and walked gingerly to the locker room midway through the quarter with assistance. She returned a few minutes later with a crutch and a heavy wrap on her right knee.

The Bruins kept hanging around and got within nine, but a busted play led to a corner 3-pointer by Joanne Allen-Taylor that restored Texas' double-digit lead with 4:12 left. The Bruins couldn't get closer than eight the rest of the way.

The game was expected to be a post battle between potential No. 1 picks in the WNBA draft Charli Collier of Texas and Onyenwere of UCLA.

Collier, who was averaging 20 points and nearly 12 rebounds, was hampered by foul trouble. She finished with five points and five rebounds.

Onyenwere did all she could, scoring 21 points before fouling out. She had 10 of the team's 14 points in the first half. The rest of the team missed 13 of its 14 shots in the opening 20 minutes.

By the time she got a little bit of help, it was too late for the Bruins, who reached the Sweet 16 in the previous four NCAA Tournaments.

March 24, 2021


Texas
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Collier C 26 1-3 2-2 1-2 1-5 0 1 0 1 4 5
J. Allen-Taylor G 40 6-12 1-2 3-7 0-1 2 0 1 1 3 16
K. Lambert G 40 5-8 7-10 0-2 1-10 4 0 1 1 3 17
C. Taylor G 40 9-17 4-4 2-5 2-5 2 0 1 4 4 24
A. Warren G 22 1-4 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 1 2 4 2
L. Ebo 30 3-5 1-1 0-0 3-6 0 0 0 1 3 7
K. Ortiz 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 25-49
(.510)
15-19
(.789)
6-17
(.353)
7-29 8 1 4 11 21 71


UCLA
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Onyenwere F 33 8-21 5-7 0-5 3-5 0 0 1 3 5 21
L. Miller F 27 1-4 4-4 0-0 3-7 0 0 0 1 0 6
L. Corsaro G 37 0-5 1-2 0-1 0-3 0 1 1 1 3 1
N. Chou G 34 1-5 0-0 0-3 1-4 1 1 0 0 2 2
C. Osborne G 32 5-17 8-8 1-9 1-5 2 0 0 5 4 19
E. Bessoir 25 5-9 1-2 0-1 6-8 1 2 3 1 4 11
D. Darius 10 1-2 0-2 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 0 1 2
C. Horvat 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 21-63
(.333)
19-25
(.760)
1-19
(.053)
19-39 4 4 5 11 20 62


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