TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Japreece Dean drilled the game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining, and sophomore Lauryn Miller exploded for a career-high 17 points off the bench to propel UCLA to a thrilling 61-59 win over No. 16 Arizona State on Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
Dean finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four dimes, while Miller went 8-for-11 from the field in 18 minutes of play to go along with five rebounds.
Sophomore Michaela Onyenwere added 11 points, and senior Lajahna Drummer just missed a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds.
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UCLA's defense set the tone in the first quarter, holding Arizona State scoreless for the first 2:35 and forcing the Sun Devils to start 3-for-10 from the field. Miller gave the Bruins a spark off the bench in the first quarter, scoring six of UCLA's 12 points.
Miller continued her offensive tear in the second frame, moving into double figures with a put-back to knot the game at 22 apiece, but Arizona State closed the first half with a 9-4 spurt to go up five.
The Bruins scored 20 of their 26 first-half points in the paint, had eight second chance points and forced seven Sun Devil turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
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UCLA came out of the locker room on fire, scoring nine of the first 11 points to take a 35-33 lead after a layup by redshirt freshman Lindsey Corsaro. The third quarter was back and fourth, as it featured five ties and two lead changes and produced a 44-all tie entering the fourth frame.
Despite falling behind 48-44 in the final stanza, UCLA clawed its way back, getting consecutive baskets from Dean to tie it. Miller notched the and-one to give the Bruins a 51-50 advantage at the 5:33 mark, but the Sun Devils scored four straight to go back in front.
Dean's long two cut the gap to 57-55, and UCLA got a stop on its next possession with one minute left to go. Onyenwere swooshed a 3-pointer on the left wing to put the Bruins on top briefly before Arizona State fired back 14 seconds later with a layup.
Following a Bruin timeout, Dean received the ball near the right wing. The Texas native then dribbled near the top of the key, side-stepped the taller Arizona State defender and canned the game-winning 3-pointer.