The visiting UCLA Bruins used a size advantage and aggressive defensive approach to hold off a late Sooners charge at home for an 86-80 win in Norman. The Sooners had claimed victories in their previous 14 home openers.
UCLA (2-0) opened up an eighteen point lead midway through the second half before OU (1-1) narrowed the game to a single point in the final minute before UCLA held on for the win. The Sooners made just 19 of 31 free throws.
Aaryn Ellenberg moved into second place in school history for career threes by nailing her first two three pointers of the game as she scored 20 1st half points, but UCLA limited her chances in the second half. Ellenberg finished with seven three pointers and 24 points to lead four Sooners in double figures. Whitney Hand picked up the scoring slack in the second half for OU with 16 of her 19 points.
UCLA out scored OU 46-24 in the paint, with four players in double figures, including Alyssia Brewer with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Sooners were dominated on the offensive boards 56-34 as the visiting Bruins pulled down 24 offensive rebounds. UCLA entered the game unranked nationally while OU came in at number 11 in the AP poll.
The Sooners and Bruins met for just the 4th time in the history of the two storied women’s programs. The series is now even at two wins each. Oklahoma plays next at home against St. Louis University while UCLA prepares for upcoming games versus Notre Dame and Princeton.