UCLA basketball sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere has been named as one of ten regional finalists for the 2019 WBCA All-America Team.
The UCLA basketball women’s team has had much success this season and part of that is due to the leadership and production of their sophomore superstar Michaela Onyenwere.
Today, those efforts have gotten Onyenwere named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Team as a regional finalist. The WBCA has made a list of ten players in five regions, with Onyenwere being named as a finalist among some of the best in the western part of the U.S.
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This season, Onyenwere led the Bruins in scoring with 18.2 points per game, which was good for 7th overall in the Pac-12 Conference. She was also second on the team in rebounds with 8.1 as she dominated the boards and the paint. Onyenwere, along with Kennedy Burke and Lindsay Corsaro, was also an All-Pac-12 selection.
Onyenwere and the Bruins had a tremendous upturn in Pac-12 play as they went 12-6 in conference which included an impressive 7-2 road record. The Bruins finished the season strong as they locked up 4th place in the Pac-12, and have won 11 of their last 14 games.
Though the Bruins came up short in the Pac-12 Tournament, losing to top-seeded Oregon in overtime, they are carrying a lot of momentum into the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are currently a 6-seed in the tourney and begin their journey through the Big Dance on Saturday morning against 11-seed Tenessee in Maryland.
UCLA has a tough path through the tourney as the will potentially meet up with #3 Maryland, #2 UCONN, and #1 Louisville.