UCLA stuns top-seeded Stanford to reach Pac-12 tournament championship game
Another first place fell in the Pac-12 tournament.
UCLA stunned Stanford 69-65 in the Pac-12 semi-finals on Friday night. The Bruins will now play either Washington State or Colorado in Sunday’s championship game in Las Vegas.
The loss follows Washington State’s shock loss to Utah on Thursday night, arguably ending the Cliffs’ quest for the top spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford led for most of the game and held a 16-point lead at the peak just before halftime. The Bruins, however, started the fourth quarter 9-2 and then held Stanford scoreless for over three minutes, taking the lead from the opening seconds of the game behind jumper Kiki Rice.
Although the Cardinal had a couple layups and two free throws in the last two minutes of the game, Rice and Charisma Osbourne together scored nine points in that stretch to seal a four-point win.
Rice led with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists for UCLA. Emily Bessoir finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Osbourne added 13 points.
Cameron Brink dropped 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Stanford in the loss, while Haley Jones finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. They were the only two to score in double figures for the Cardinal, who scored just 4 of 11 from beyond the arc on the team. Despite the loss according to ESPN’s Charlie CreamStanford is still on track to claim the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.