Freshman Kiki Rice led UCLA to a 66-58 overtime win over Marquette on Monday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game in the Bahamas.
Rice scored a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds, while alum Gina Conti scored 16 points. Top scorer Charisma Osbourne scored nine points — her first single-digit scoring game of the season — but added six assists as the Bruins (6-0) barely survived their third game in as many days.
Starting the tournament with a 72-65 win over South Dakota State on Saturday to avenge a season-ending loss to WNIT last year, UCLA dropped the then number. 11 Tennessee in the semi-finals on Sunday for a historic 3-point effort. The Bruins made 16 3-pointers in 30 attempts, setting a single-game record.
But their hot shot cooled off during the championship game. The Bruins hit just three of 18 shots from three-point range. Rice hit a six-for-18 shooting offense with only one shot from behind the arc, and a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line gave Marquette (5-1) the first loss of the year.
Senior Camryn Brown nailed the defense with five interceptions, including four in the fourth quarter and overtime, and six rebounds. UCLA hit 34.8% from the field but hit 24 assists to lead Marquette 45–38.
During the game, the Bruins were ranked in the top 25 by the Associated Press for the first time since November 28.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.