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UCLA Women's Basketball Wins A Sloppy Exhibition Game 79-43

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

From WBB vs. Vanguard

After an off season full of expectations and media attention that normally does not surround the program, the Bruins finally got to get back on the court tonight.  UCLA was never really in any danger, and got a lot of playing time in for the bench and the freshmen, but looked rusty and sloppy, hopefully something that can be gotten rid of by having an exhibition match before the season begins.

From WBB vs. Vanguard

The starters tonight were Doreena Campbell, Darxia Morris, Rebekah Gardner, Jasmine Dixon, and Christina Nzekwe, in replacement of Markel Walker.  Markel only played 7 minutes, all in the second half, so it was very curious to see her not play, and if it was due to a minor injury Nikki is being cautious with, or perhaps a disciplinary measure.

UCLA opened up play slowly, falling behind 8-2, and 11-5 at the 17:20 mark.  After that, the game was essentially over as the Bruins went on a 36-2 run to close the half to go up 41-13.  Between the majority of the first half and the start of the 2nd half, UCLA had held Vanguard scoreless for over 17 minutes and held a 50-13 advantage before Vanguard would score again.  However, UCLA's offense seemed sloppy as they missed countless chip shots, though they would often get their own rebound, and it seemed like the last 10 minutes the defensive intensity wasn't there from the first 30.  Still, UCLA never let it get close and everyone got to play minutes before a final score of 79-43.

The energy just seemed off in Pauley tonight.  During the 2nd half one of the Vanguard players went down with an injury, stopping game play for about 5 minutes, and later one of the spirit squad members was injured during a time out routine and was treated along the sidelines by EMTs while the game was going on.  It definitely made for an odd environment, and honestly it was hard to focus on the basketball game for the later part of the second half.

Looking at the box score, there were some obvious positives (though keeping in mind the level of competition in an exhibition game) and some negatives.  In the positives, UCLA scored 50 of their 79 points in the paint, got to the freethrow line 27 times, out rebounded Vanguard 65-35, and shot 40% for the game.  In terms of negatives, freethrow shooting remains a point of weakness, shooting 63% (17-27) on the night.  As i mentioned in my season preview, 3 point shooting was a potential worry for this team.  UCLA shot 0-6 on the night, with only Rebekah Gardner and Darxia Morris trying 3 each, and the team not taking a single 3 point shot in the second half.  UCLA had many careless passes en route to 21 turnovers, though they forced 29.

From WBB vs. Vanguard

Leading the way was Jasmine Dixon with 23 points and 16 rebounds.  Rebekah Gardner stepped up in the role of a starter with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Darxia finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and a team high 6 assists.  Personally, it was great to see Atonye Nyingifa back on the court.  While her shot seems a little rusty, she finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds, and i'm sure things will improve as she gets back into the flow of the game.  The freshmen got some court time, with only Corinne Costa scoring 2 points.  I'm surprised we didn't see more of Thea Lemberger who only got 3 minutes, and it is clear Costa is going to be a project but hopefully one day will be a force in the paint.

UCLA is going to need to clean things up fast as they start the season on the road friday night at San Diego St, a sweet 16 team from last season.  In her post game interview, Nikki was very clear she was not pleased with the effort tonight and the sloppiness, saying things need to improve quickly, as the team faces 2 sweet 16 teams in their first 3 games, both on the road.  Pictures as always generously donated by B D.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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