Arizona WBB looks to rebound against UCLA


Danielle Main

Senior Lauren Fields plays defense during Friday night’s game against the University of Utah on Feb. 17 in McKale Memorial Center. The final score was an 82-72 win for the Wildcats.

Nathaniel Levin

The Arizona women’s basketball team enters the Pac-12 Tournament with a record of 21-8 and 11-7 in Pac-12 play. The No. 4 seed University of Arizona plays the No. 5 seed UCLA on Thursday, March 2, at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Last weekend, Arizona dropped both of their road games, losing 73-59 to the University of Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 23 and losing 78-70 to Oregon State University on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Previewing No. 5 UCLA:

The UCLA Bruins enter their upcoming quarterfinal matchup against Arizona with a record of 23-8 and 11-7 in Pac-12 play. The Bruins defeated the No. 12 seed ASU 81-70 in OT on Wednesday, March 1, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Arizona defeated UCLA 71-66 Friday, Feb. 3, in their lone matchup this season. Since their last matchup, UCLA has gone 6-2, with back-to-back losses to Stanford University and Washington State University.

The Bruins are led by senior guard Charisma Osborne, freshman guard Kiki Rice, and freshman guard Londynn Jones. This season, Osborne is averaging 15.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, both of which lead the team. Rice is not far behind her, with an average of 11.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jones is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.3 points per game.

The UCLA vs Arizona matchup history has been heavily one-sided in favor of UCLA, which leads the series 63-23. Since 2012, UCLA is 16-7 against Arizona, including a winning streak of 13 games between January 2013 and January 2020. However, the Wildcats have had the upper hand as of late, winning four of their last six head-to-head matchups against UCLA.

Record against AP Top 25:

The Bruins are 2-6 against top-25 teams this season.

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