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UCLA women outlast Arizona 98-93 in triple overtime

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 20:03:13-05

Michaela Onyenwere scored 28 points and snagged 13 rebounds and Japreece Dean scored 26 as UCLA outlasted Arizona 98-93 in triple overtime on Sunday.

Lajahna Drummer pitched in with 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Bruins (11-9, 4-4 Pac-12 Conference), who beat the Wildcats (14-6, 4-5) for a 12th straight time. Onyenwere and Drummer teamed up to grab 15 of UCLA's 27 offensive rebounds and that led to a 29-9 advantage in second-chance points. Kennedy Burke added 16 points.

Aarion McDonald scored 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting for Arizona, giving her six 30-point games this season. She is the first Wildcats player since current Wildcats coach Adia Barnes (1997-98) to accomplish the feat.

The Wildcats lost the rebound battle 58-48 and made just 11 of 27 free throws (40 percent). Sam Thomas scored 17 before fouling out, Cate Reese had 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out and Lucia Alonso scored 14. The Wildcats had three players foul out and four players finish the game with four fouls. The Bruins had two players foul out and two finish with four fouls.

Onyenwere's rebound basket with three seconds left sent the game to overtime tied at 61. Onyenwere's layup with 16 seconds left evened the score at 71 and forced a second OT. McDonald's 3-pointer with two seconds remaining sent it to a third extra period tied at 84. Dean's 3-point play with 2:11 left in the third overtime gave the Bruins the lead for good.