UCLA Bruins Pull Off Historic Comeback to Defeat Top-Seeded Stanford in Pac-12 Semifinals
The UCLA Bruins pulled off a dramatic upset in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals on Friday, coming back from a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat the top-seeded Stanford Cardinal 69-65. Freshman Kiki Rice led the Bruins with 22 points and made several key free throws late to seal the victory.
Cardinal's Cameron Brink had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Haley Jones added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Stanford had a 16-point lead midway through the second quarter, but UCLA launched a 9-2 run to open the fourth quarter and take their first lead since the opening seconds of the game.
Rice amassed 11 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 5.3 seconds left to secure the victory. She was also 12-of-13 from the line. Emily Bessoir finished with 14 points and six rebounds, and Charisma Osborne added 13 points for the Bruins.
Despite the loss, Stanford is still on track to claim a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Brink dropped 19 points and had 11 rebounds for the Cardinal in the loss, and Jones finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinal shot 4-of-11 from 3-point range, and were the only two players to reach double digits in the scoring column.
The Bruins' remarkable comeback victory put them in the Pac-12 championship game, where they will face the winner of the Washington/Oregon State semifinal.
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