Freshman Kiki Rice led UCLA to a 66-58 time beyond regulation win over Marquette on Monday within the championship recreation of the Battle 4 Atlantis within the Bahamas.
Rice had a career-high 18 factors and 7 rebounds, with grad switch Gina Conti notching 16 factors. Main scorer Charisma Osborne had 9 factors — her first single-digit scoring recreation of the season — however added a season-high six assists because the Bruins (6-0) slogged by their third recreation in as many days.
After beginning the match with a 72-65 win in opposition to South Dakota State on Saturday to avenge a season-ending loss within the WNIT final 12 months, UCLA took down then-No. 11 Tennessee within the semifinal on Sunday behind a historic three-point effort. The Bruins poured in 16 three-pointers on 30 makes an attempt, attempting a single-game file in makes.
However their scorching taking pictures contact cooled throughout the championship recreation. The Bruins made simply three of 18 pictures from three-point vary. Rice carried the offense on six-of-18 taking pictures, with just one shot coming from behind the arc, and an ideal six-for-six from the free throw line handy Marquette (5-1) its first lack of the 12 months.
Senior Camryn Brown anchored the protection with 5 steals, together with 4 within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation, and 6 rebounds. UCLA shot a season-low 34.8% from area, however pressured 24 turnovers and outrebounded Marquette 45-38.
The Bruins jumped into the Related Press high 25 throughout the recreation for the primary time since Nov. 28.