COLLEGE PARK, Md. — UCLA put a speedy finish to Tennessee’s 38th consecutive look within the ladies’s NCAA match, blunting a second-half comeback bid and utilizing a powerful efficiency by Michaela Onyenwere to safe an 89-77 opening-round victory Saturday.
After squeezing into the match with an at-large bid, the No. 11 seeded Girl Volunteers erased a 17-point deficit earlier than shedding within the first spherical for under the second time at school historical past. The one different time it occurred was in 2009 in opposition to Ball State.
Tennessee is the lone program to compete in each NCAA match because the occasion was first held for ladies in 1982. The Girl Vols completed 19-13, failing to succeed in 20 wins for the primary time since 1975-76.
Tennessee rallied from 17 right down to take a fourth-quarter lead however ran out of fuel, falling to 6-seed UCLA for its second-ever first-round loss.
Onyenwere had 22 factors and 15 rebounds for the No. 6 seed Bruins (21-12), who will subsequent face host Maryland on Monday.
After going up by 16 early within the third quarter, UCLA fell behind 65-62 with 5 minutes left within the recreation and cast a tie at 70 with three:34 remaining earlier than rattling off 10 straight factors.
Onyenwere started the spree with a layup and Kennedy Burke made successive layups earlier than Japreece Dean sank two free throws. A layup by Onyenwere capped the run and made it 80-70 with 1:22 to go.
Rennia Davis had 21 factors and 10 rebounds for the Girl Vols and Kasiyahna Kushkituah added 16.
The Bruins raced to a 25-Eight lead and shot 10 of 20 from the sector throughout a 28-point first quarter. Tennessee went 10 for 30 from the sector and had 9 turnovers in a primary half that ended with UCLA up 44-32.
After Onyenwere scored the primary two baskets of the third quarter, the Girl Vols went on a 20-Four run to drag even at 52. Kushkituah and Mimi Collins every scored six factors within the surge and Westbrook had 5.
Tennessee discovered the lane open within the fourth quarter and exploited the weary UCLA protection for quite a lot of layups and brief jumpers. However the Bruins made up the distinction on the opposite finish through the pivotal 10-Zero run.
Tennessee: It was a really troublesome season for the rebuilding Girl Volunteers, who not less than saved alive their streak of creating the NCAA match. Subsequent season, coach Holly Warlick will work on getting the Girl Vols deep within the bracket.
UCLA: The Bruins confirmed resilience when it mattered after falling aside within the second half. They are going to want an entire recreation to get previous Maryland, a High-10 program with much more expertise than Tennessee.
With a victory Monday, UCLA will attain the Candy 16 for the fourth 12 months in a row.