Charisma Osborne exits with injury as Kiki Rice leads UCLA to win

Kiki Rice came to UCLA as the No. 2 recruit in the 2022 class. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UCLA ended the year on a high note Friday with a 82-74 win over No. 17 Oregon but appeared to lose their leading scorer to injury.

The No. 10 Bruins were led by freshman Kiki Rice, who had a career-high 21 points and seven assists in the win. The guard went 6-for-9 from the floor in the first half and, with Friday’s performance, improved her shooting percentage to 54.5 over UCLA’s last three games.

UCLA head coach Cori Close, while happy with her team’s grit, wanted to see more from them on the other side of the ball.

“We didn’t play extremely smart, we have to work on decision-making, but we won on guts and toughness and determination,” Close said. “I told them ‘Thank goodness for that.’ We play real hard and when we combine that with playing smarter, we can be real special. We are not there yet, but we have so much potential.”

Senior guard Charisma Osborne exited the game in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the shoulder. The WNBA draft prospect added 17 points before leaving.

Close was unsure of Osborne’s status after the game but hoped she wouldn’t be sidelined for long.

“A road win over a ranked team when our best player goes out and we withstand a run, then regroup and find a way to get the job done, those are huge things,” Close said. “We play a lot of freshmen a lot of minutes and these situations teach them so much so that is huge.”