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Women's Hoop Report 71

by Winners Only about a year ago in basketball
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Onyenwere leads UCLA, Missouri State tops UC Davis, Texas A&M wins a very close one

Michaela Onyenwere

Women's NCAA Tournament First Round, March 22

UCLA 69, Wyoming 48

Above: Michaela Onyenwere

We warned everyone that Michaela Onyenwere would probably be a bit much for Wyoming and the senior forward lived up to the hype.

Onyenwere scored over 24 points for the third straight game. She scored a game high 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting. She also connected on all of her six free-throws. UCLA got off to a 23-11 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Wyoming guard Alba Sanchez Ramos posted her second double-double of the season. She scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was junior's fifth game of the season with 10 or more rebounds.

Despite Ramos' efforts, the UCLA defense and Onyenwere's offense was too much to bare. Sophomore guard Charisma Osbourne, mirrored Ramos' performance with 15 points and 10 boards as well. Osbourne, however was able to record a game high four assists, while Ramos recorded zero.

Guard Natalie Chou hit three-of-five three-pointers to score 15 points. The senior rose out of a shooting slump where as she hadn't scored in double digits in the previous five games. Her last time doing so was Feb. 19 when she scored 14 points in a victory against Oregon.

UCLA outrebounded Wyoming 43-27 and forced the Cowgirls to commit 12 turnovers with just five assists. UCLA had 11 assists and eight turnovers.

Missouri State 70, UC Davis 51

Junior forward Jasmine Franklin came to play Monday, when she took the basketball court for Missouri State. The six-foot-one forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina terrorized UC Davis with 18 rebounds, 17 points, four steals and two blocks in a win that many basketball experts call an upset. The effort marked the ninth time that Franklin posted a double-double this year.

Missouri State bullied UC Davis on the boards to a 53-32 advantage. The Bears pulled down 20 offensive rebounds while UC Davis had just seven.

After trailing 19-11 in the first, UC Davis kept the game under a 10-point deficit, entering the half down 33-25. In the fourth Missouri State put the hammer down, outscoring the Aggies 16-9, Missouri State guard Brice Calip and reserve Elle Ruffridge posted 18 and 12 points respectively to make things rough for UC Davis. Calip tallied seven rebounds and three steals.

Below: Brice Calip

UC Davis was led in scoring by sophomore guard Evanne Turner's 16 points. She hit four-of-10 threes, marking the third time this season she has made as many shots from long range in a game.

Texas A&M 84, Troy 80

Above: Jordan Nixon

Second seed Texas A&M survived a second half surge from 15th seeded Troy to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After being down 49-35 at the half, Troy outscored Texas A&M 23-16 in the third. The Trojans continued to inch closer and closer but their 22-19 fourth quarter landed them short of an upset.

Guard Jordan Nixon led Texas A&M with 21 points on six-of-10 shooting. While her hot hand helped her squad, her seven turnovers almost led to an early exit. Fortunately she was able to rely on a talented frontcourt that worked hard in the trenches. Center Ciera Johnson posted 16 points, 14 rebounds and one block. Forward N'Dea Jones had 11 points, 1o rebounds and one block as well.

Below: N'Dea Jones

Aggies guard Aaliyah Wilson scored 12 points but even more important, she managed to get six steals. This was the third time the senior collected as many steals this season.

Troy was led by two big performers as senior Alexus Dye posted 26 points and 11 rebounds and Felmas Koranga had 20 point and 11 boards in the defeat.

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