This will be the final non-revenue sport update until 2010 because until then women's basketball will be the only sport in action, except for a gymnastics exhibition on Sunday. If there's a women's basketball fan out there, please keep us updated on the team either after each game or weekly because if not, we won't have an update for weeks.
They played tough, but it just wasn't enough as the Bruins lost to Stanford, 2-1, in the College Cup, bringing their season to an end. The match, which went to overtime, was a rather even affair, but a goal by Stanford sent the Bruins home without that elusive national title despite having made their seventh consecutive College Cup appearance. The match was the final one in a UCLA uniform for one of the greatest Bruins of all-time, Lauren Cheney, who scored the lone goal for the Bruins and leaves Westwood tied for the school record in goals and tops in UCLA history in points.
Men's Water Polo
One win and one loss, but unfortunately, it took two wins to bring home the national title. In the national semifinals, UCLA defeated LMU in double-overtime on a goal by Cole Consani, while Scott Davidson netted five of his own in the 9-8 win. That win set up a match with USC for the national title. The two teams had played four times prior, with each team winning twice and had a match for the national title to decide the season series. UCLA got behind 3-0, then later 6-3, but they fought back to get within a goal each time and with 15 seconds remaining, had the ball with a chance to send the game to overtime, but they were denied and fell one win short of a championship. UCLA finished the year 23-7, the most wins the program has had since their 2004 national title year.
Forced to travel across the country to face the country's #3 team that was in search of their fourth consecutive College Cup made the Bruins' quarterfinals match a brutal one, but they acquitted themselves well. In a match that was just about even in the stat book and to the eyes of those in attendance, UCLA pressured Wake Forest and created chances, but a shot hit the post, three missed inches wide of the net and twice the Demon Deacons keeper was forced to make a splendid save as the Bruins couldn't net a goal. Meanwhile, Wake found the net twice, giving them a 2-0 victory that eliminated UCLA from the tournament and ended their season.
If the selection committee was correct, the #8 national seed Bruins should have advanced to the national quarterfinals. UCLA proved the selection committee wrong though and not in a good way as yet another season ended short of expectations. Hosting the first and second rounds, the Bruins got off to a good start by defeating Long Beach St. in straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16. That was UCLA's last win of the year though as they dropped the first two sets in their second round match versus Baylor, then saw their season come to a screeching halt when they were dispatched by the Bears, 25-19, in the final set. UCLA finished 24-9.
For the second consecutive game, UCLA went on the road to play a ranked opponent, took a slim halftime lead and were close late, but came up short. Two weeks ago, it was #6 Tennessee that got the best of the Bruins and last week, it was #24 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat the Bruins, 54-49, despite shooting 37.8% because they limited UCLA to 36.1% shooting that mixed some great defense with awful shooting. Now 4-3, UCLA will take finals week off before playing twice next week.
Women's Swimming and Diving
Laura Winn led the divers with a Zone E qualifying score on the tower at the Texas Invitational, while the swimmers were flying at the USA Short Course National Championships. In the final day of competition alone, UCLA swimmers swam seven NCAA qualifying times and Brittany Beauchan set a UCLA record in the 200 breast stroke a day after setting the school mark in the 100 breast stroke. The swimmers and divers are both off until 2010.
The Bruins will compete in the Southern California College Preview, an exhibition, in preparation for their season opener on January 9.
Calendar (all times pacific)
Sunday, December 13
Gymnastics, Southern California College Preview (Exhibition), 2:00 pm- Fullerton, CA
Tuesday, December 15
Women's Basketball at UC Santa Barbara, 7:00 pm- Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, December 18
Women's Basketball vs. Texas Tech, 7:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Monday, December 21
Women's Basketball vs. St. Mary's, 12:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Monday, December 28
Women's Basketball vs. LMU, 7:00 pm- Pauley Pavilion
Friday, January 1
Women's Basketball at Arizona, 1:00 pm- Tucson, AZ
Sunday, January 3
Women's Basketball at Arizona St., 1:00 pm- Tempe, AZ