LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds to lead No. 10 UCLA to a 70-58 win over 18th-ranked Arizona in a matchup that featured undefeated teams Sunday.
UCLA extended its best start in program history to 14-0 and is first in the Pac-12 at 3-0.
Chantal Horvat and Charisma Osborne each added 10 points.
Aari McDonald had 19 points for Arizona (13-1, 2-1 Pac-12) and Cate Reese added 10.
The Bruins and Wildcats were tied at halftime at 31, but UCLA pulled away early in the third quarter and it was never close again.
Point guard Japreece Dean had just two points and four turnovers in the first half. She finished with nine points and just one turnover in the second half.
The Bruins played sloppy early but cleaned things up by the second half. The teams were tied at 31 at halftime but UCLA went on a 16-5 run to start the third quarter and led 47-36, the first double-digit lead of the game. UCLA had four 3-pointers in that run by four players. Arizona’s offense went cold from the field.
It certainly looked like a noon tipoff as UCLA had 10 turnovers - and just six assists - and was 4 of 13 from the free throw line by halftime. The Bruins shot 37% from the field, and Arizona jut 33%.
Arizona finished the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 17-14 lead. In the third quarter, Arizona had a difficult time running its offense as it had done in the first half. The Wildcats shot just two free throws in the first half and its three frontcourt players - Sam Thomas, Reese and Semaj Smith - had a combined seven personal fouls in the first half. Smith fouled out in the fourth quarter.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats strong start shouldn’t be deterred by their first loss, but they’ll need to be more disciplined in taking better fouls.
UCLA: The Bruins can’t keep having slow starts and expect to recover. They’ll need to clean up all those unforced errors poor free throw shooting.
ARIZONA: Hosts Oregon State on Friday.
UCLA: Plays at Utah on Friday.
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