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Around the Pac: UCLA Finishes CSU Northridge 111-48

In a masterclass of rebounding and defense, the Bruins improve to 8-0 and will stay in the top two for now.

UCLA v South Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

It’s December and the slog of non conference is beginning to set in. For the fans, the inevitable start to conference play can’t come fast enough. For the UCLA Bruins women’s basketball team, they’re right where they want to be.

UCLA hosted CSU Northridge Thursday, December 7 and blasted them with a score of 111-48. #2 UCLA improves to 8-0 on the season and will move on to #20 Florida State. The resume includes a win over #17 UCONN.

In the first quarter, the Bruins outscored their opponent 23-5 and that still wasn’t the largest point differential of the night. By halftime, up 56-8, the game was essentially put away. Even with the success, worry showed its face today.

UCLA, an already weak 3PT team, had one of their worst nights from the perimeter going 7-23 compared to CSU Northridge’s 10-21. There wasn’t anything particularly improved with their turnovers at 13, either.

Perhaps the defense was the story as their opponent knew they could shoot, again going almost 50% from three. However, if one were to subtract the threes from the twos they’d get a pitiful 5-34. Credit the Bruins defense for such a feat as they add 19 steals to the mix.

UCLA included a masterclass on rebounding as they grabbed 90% of their opponent’s rebounds compared to CSU Northridge’s 50%.

UCLA’s leading scorer was Lauren Betts (C) with 18 points on 17 minutes. After FSU, WBB fans are treated to a matchup with Ohio State before the New Year's weekend sees ranked USC competing in a Battle of the Beaches.