Canada leads No. 15 UCLA to upset of No. 11 Beavers
LOS ANGELES — UCLA has been at its best in the third quarter this season and Monday night was no different for the No. 15 Bruins.
Much to the dismay of No. 11 Oregon State.
Jordin Canada scored 13 of her game-high 24 points in the third and the Bruins turned an eight-point halftime edge into a 59-43 lead as they cruised to a 71-51 Pac-12 victory over the Beavers at Pauley Pavilion.
It was UCLA’s (11-3, 3-0) first win over a ranked opponent in 22 tries, with the last victory coming in 2013. OSU (10-3, 1-1) lost its third game of the season, all to ranked teams. The first two losses were by a combined four points.
The Beavers struggled offensively, finishing 20-for-53 from the floor and just 4-for-18 on 3-pointers.
“The ball just didn’t go down for us tonight,” OSU coach Scott Rueck said during his postgame radio interview. “We’ve got to play much better offensively to have a chance on the road against a good team.”
Canada scored the first seven points of the third quarter for the Bruins. She then hit a 3 after OSU closed within 49-41 with just under 3 minutes to play in the period. She added her third triple of the quarter with 26 seconds left as the shot clock was about to expire.
The Beavers could never recover and UCLA pushed the lead to as many as 22 in the final quarter. OSU never led.
Jamie Weisner led the Beavers with 19 points but it was not enough to overcome Canada and her teammates.
Kari Korver added 12 points and Nirra Fields, the Pac-12 player of the week, chipped in 10 for the Bruins.
UCLA's pressure helped force the Beavers into 26 turnovers, which led to 23 points for the Bruins
“That summed up the night,” Rueck said. “We were careless with the basketball. I didn’t feel like we handled it as well as we could have. Certainly you have to give them credit, that’s who they are. They press and I know they didn’t want to allow us to have a comfortable dribble or pass."
Both teams had 18 offensive rebounds, but the Bruins held a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points.
Foul trouble was an issue for the Beavers in the first half.
Ruth Hamblin picked up two personals in the first four minutes and sat the remaining 16 minutes of the half. Weisner also had two fouls and played just 11 minutes.
Hamblin did play the entire second half but managed just four shots, making three to finish with seven points.
Rueck said the Beavers need to find a way to get her more looks.
“That’s on us for not getting her the basketball and we have to do a better job of that moving forward,” he said.
The Bruins started fast, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and held a three-point lead.
They pushed the lead to 31-21 on a four-point play by Korver after she hit a 3 and was fouled by Taylor Kalmer.
Samantha Siegner kept the Beavers close as she hit two 3-pointers in her seven minutes.
But the Beavers struggled offensively in the second quarter and the Bruins kept switching defenses and finished with just eight points.
Korver and Canada had nine each to lead the Bruins in the first half.
Katie McWilliams had seven points in the first half — they all came in the first quarter — for the Beavers while Siegner and Weisner each had six.
“Credit UCLA, they brought a big-time effort for 40 minutes tonight and they know the implications of protecting your home court and that was evident,” Rueck said. “They came out here tonight to go to war and we need to be a little bit tougher than we were in response.”
The Beavers return home to take on Oregon, which was swept by the Los Angeles schools, at 7 p.m. Friday in Gill Coliseum. The teams then face off at noon Sunday in Eugene.