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Game-Opening Run Sends UCLA to 81-35 Win Over Cal Poly

Game-Opening Run Sends UCLA to 81-35 Win Over Cal Poly

LOS ANGELES — UCLA scored the first 15 points of the game Friday evening in Pauley Pavilion, powering the Bruin women's basketball team to its 52nd win in 56 home games, 81-35 over Cal Poly.

Cal Poly junior forward Hana Vesela broke the initial streak, getting the Mustangs on the board with a jumper 5:33 into the game. Fueled by the 15-0 start, UCLA finished the opening quarter ahead 23-8.

A 3-pointer by Japreece Dean stretched UCLA's lead to 34-10 with 3:41 elapsed in the second quarter, en route to a 48-17 advantage at halftime.

In the third, Vesela sank a jump shot to make it 57-29 with 4:51 remaining in the period, but UCLA answered with eight straight points to pull ahead by what was then the largest margin of the night, 65-29, before equaling that gap at 69-33 heading to the fourth.

The Bruins (7-5), now winners of four straight in their quest to make a return trip to the Elite Eight, finished the game on a 12-0 surge, establishing the largest lead of the evening upon the final score.

Senior point guard Dye Stahley scored a team-high 10 points while also adding four rebounds and three steals for Cal Poly, which concluded non-conference play while also wrapping up the calendar year.

Dean led UCLA with 18 points, while senior guard Kennedy Burke shot 7-for-7 while adding 15 points, and 2018 Pac-12 All-Freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere added nine.

UCLA, which moved to 6-1 in Westwood for the year, forced a 28-4 advantage in points-off-turnovers on the day. 

Cal Poly (3-8) will return home to open Big West Conference play, hosting UC Irvine (9-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

A Youth Basketball Day in Mott Athletics Center, Jan. 5 vs. the Anteaters will feature free admission for kids 13-and-under. Mustang Kids Club members can also participate in a free youth basketball clinic with the team from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

File Photo © David E. Holmes