ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Iimar’i Thomas scored eight of her 19 points in the last six-plus minutes, Charisma Osborne added her seventh career double-double and the No. 19 UCLA women broke away late to defeat St. John’s 73-65 at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday.
The Bruins (4-2) earned seventh place at the tournament and salvaged a win after back-to-back upset losses to Kent State and South Dakota State. All eight players scored for UCLA with four in double figures.
Osborne also scored 19 points — 12 in the first quarter — and added 11 rebounds and six assists. Natalie Chou and Dominique Onu each scored 10.
St. John’s (3-4) Leilani Correa scored 17 points and Danielle Patterson scored 12 with 10 rebounds. The Red Storm have lost three at the tournament.
St. John’s trailed by as many as 12 with Osborne knocking down early 3-pointers but St. John’s stormed back to tie twice in the third quarter and briefly take a 49-48 lead on a Patterson layup that capped a 7-0 surge.
St. John’s tied twice more as the fourth-quarter and trailed by no more than four until Thomas got hot in the final minutes, knocking down her last four shots.
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