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Lauren Betts Powers No. 2 UCLA To 95-78 Win Over 20th-ranked Florida State – News18


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Last Updated: December 11, 2023, 01:00 IST

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Lauren Betts had 22 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 2 UCLA beat 20thranked Florida State 9578 on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase.

UNCASVILLE, Conn.: Lauren Betts had 22 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 2 UCLA beat 20th-ranked Florida State 95-78 on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase.

Charisma Osborne and Angela Dugalic added 16 points each for the balanced Bruins (8-0), who had five players score in double figures. UCLA started the game scoring 13 of the opening 15 points and led 20-5 as Florida State made just one of its first 14 shots.

Betts had six quick points as the Seminoles had little answer for the sophomore center’s 6-foot-7 frame. Florida State finally got going at the end of the quarter behind Carla Viegas’ five points to trail 26-17 after one.

Florida State (7-3) hung around by hitting 3-pointers and only trailed 47-37 before the Bruins scored seven straight to go into the half up 54-40. Betts had 18 points at half, hitting nine of her 10 shots.

The Seminoles collapsed inside against Betts in the second half and got within 64-55 late in the third quarter before the Bruins scored 10 straight to put the game away.

Ta’Niya Latson scored 26 to lead the Seminoles while Sara Bejedi added 19.

While the two teams had never played before Sunday, they do have a connection as UCLA coach Cori Close served as Florida State’s associate head coach from 2004-11 before getting the job with the Bruins.

The Seminoles were looking to tie their highest-ranked win in program history against UCLA. The Seminoles defeated No. 2 Duke at home, 80-74, on Feb. 4, 2004, and also defeated No. 2 Louisville on the road, 50-49, on Jan. 21, 2018.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

This is Florida State’s fourth trip to Mohegan Sun over the past eight seasons. The Seminoles played UConn twice (2015 and 2022) and also faced Michigan (2019) in the home of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Florida State coach Brooke Wyckoff spent three seasons playing for the Sun from 2003-05.

UP NEXT:

Florida State: Visits Drexel on Dec. 17.

UCLA: Visits No. 12 Ohio State on Dec. 18.

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AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Associated Press)



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