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Stanford women’s basketball claimed the Pac-12 Conference Tournament title, beating UCLA, 75-55, on Sunday night in the conference finals at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
Michaela Onyenwere led the Bruins with 30 points. Charisma Osborne added 11 points and pulled down five rebounds.
The No. 1-seed Cardinal (25-2) used 3-point shooting to get an early advantage. Stanford shot 50% from range for 12 points in the first quarter and added a six-point scoring run to close out the first with a 24-11 lead over the No. 3-seed Bruins (16-5).
Onyenwere scored 13 of UCLA’s 20 points in the opening half as the Cardinal defense continued to limit the Bruins. She pulled up for back-to-back jumpers as the clock reached the 3:00 mark, but Stanford headed into the break with a 43-20 lead.
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Upon returning to the floor, the Bruins began to chip away at Stanford’s advantage by going on a six-point scoring run, then a five-point run. A deep three from Osborne, who had just returned to the game after an apparent ankle injury earlier in the quarter, energized the bench as UCLA went on to outscore the Cardinal 20-11 in the frame.
The Bruins’ comeback attempt continued with Natalie Chou draining a three to start the fourth quarter, but Stanford added 21 points to UCLA’s 15 in the frame for the win.
Haley Jones posted a double-double for Stanford with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Kyana Williams scored 26 points, followed by Lexie Hull, who had 24 points.
The Selection Show for the NCAA Tournament is scheduled for March 15 at 7 p.m. and the first round will begin on March 21.