UCLA entered the game 4-3, coming off two consecutive tough road loses to ranked teams in which UCLA lead at halftime in both games. Nikki has been stressing that one thing that needs to improve about UCLA that has been a problem ever since i've been here is being able to win away from home and show the selection committee that UCLA can hold it's own on a neutral site, as well as be more competitive in Pac-10 play on the road, hence the tough road matches.
I know that there will not be any non-revenue sports updates over the winter break (which i greatly appreciate and enjoy reading every week), so i thought as a member of the band who goes to all of the home games and follows the team pretty avidly, i'd try and keep Bruinsnation up to date on the going-ons of our team in the meantime.
Playing their third consecutive road game, the big story of the game was that Jasmin Dixon was finally able to suit up. After transferring from Rutgers a season ago, she regained eligibility after fall quarter finals. She did not disappoint, as she lead all players with 19 points, to go along with 10 rebounds, giving her a double double in her first game as a Bruin.
Looking at the box score, which can be seen here Box Score, both teams shot poorly, as even Dixon's 19 points came off of 7 for 18 shooting. Erica Tukiainen, who was on fire earlier on in the season from 3 has since cooled down, going 1-3 on the night. The box score also revealed trends common on the season. UCLA out rebounded UCSB 46-31, got a whopping 25 offensive boards, and took 21 more shots than UCSB, but just can't seem to get the ball in the basket. With Nikki stressing rebounding, UCLA is doing a great job on the class, now just needs to finish around the rim.
5-3 now on the season, UCLA faces a huge home game on Friday vs Texas Tech at 7pm, an 8-1 team who has grown fat on cupcake teams but still presents a tough challenge for our team and a good opportunity to pick up a quality win for when march rolls around. Womens basketball sadly gets little support outside of the band and family/friends, so those in the area should come support the team for their biggest non-conference home game.