Bruins basketball get Pac-12 honors

It was a good week for UCLA basketball. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams had individuals earn weekly Pac-12 Conference honors. Let’s start with the UCLA women’s basketball team where Charisma Osborne put on a show against crosstown rival USC. Osborne was selected as Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Pac-12 Conference announced.

Osborne averaged 19.0 points per game across UCLA’s two-game sweep of USC this past week. The junior led all scorers with a season-high 27 points at Galen Center on Sunday, Jan. 23, adding six rebounds and three assists in the victory.

The Moreno Valley, Calif., native scored 11 points in the first quarter and 18 in the first half in the road contest It was her third game with at least 25 points on the year, also picking up a pair of steals on the defensive end.
 
She opened her week with an 11-point performance in the team’s win over USC at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom, dishing out a season-high seven assists and grabbing six rebounds in the Bruins’ 66-43 win on Thursday, Jan. 20. Thursday’s win also saw Osborne tally a season-high four steals.

UCLA guard Johnny Juzang (3) has been a driving force all season for the Bruins. The photo appears courtesy of Mark Hammond/BlackNews Service

In men’s basketball, UCLA junior guard Johnny Juzang was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week as well after the week he had.

Juzang has secured his third career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor (and his second of this season). Juzang was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 15, 2021, after UCLA’s season-opening wins against CSU Bakersfield and Villanova.

Most recently, Juzang averaged 25.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a pair of Pac-12 road wins at Utah and Colorado. He shot 58.1 percent from the field (18-for-31) and made 4 of 7 attempts from 3-point range (57.1 percent). In addition, Juzang made 11 of 12 free throws in the two victories.

Juzang scored a season-high 28 points in UCLA’s 63-58 win at Utah last Thursday, knocking down 9 of 13 shots. He followed that performance with a 23-point, 6-rebound effort on Saturday as the Bruins outlasted Colorado, 71-65. Juzang made 9-of-18 shots at Colorado and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

Hailing from nearby Tarzana, Calif., Juzang has averaged a team-leading 18.3 points per game and has also registered 5.0 rebounds per game in all 15 contests this season.

Juzang has scored at least 20 points in each of the Bruins’ last four games. Through that four-game stretch, he has averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Juzang has entered the week as the Pac-12 Conference’s second-leading scorer (at 18.3 points per game). Washington’s Terrell Brown Jr. leads the league with a scoring average of 21.4 points per game.

Featured Image Caption: UCLA guard Charisma Osborne (20) on the defense against Stanford. Stanford claimed 75-55 Pac-12 Tournament victory against the Bruins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtesy photo/Pac-12

Source: Pac-12