I had the privilege of going to the Home Opener in Pauley for UCLA Women's Basketball. First off, we won 82-78. The score was closer at the end of the game than the game itself.. The band, cheer squad, Joe Bruin, I, my wife and about 1300 other fans saw the Bruins handle the Pepperdine Waves. This was one of the best college games I've seen live in a long time. Pepperdine has a pretty darn good guard named Brea Richardson (25 points) with a great technique, speed, and tenacity, so if you think that Pepperdine should have been a walk over, you should think again. Nyingifa grabbed 8 boards and 24 points, Lemberger had a team high of 25 points, was key to directing traffic on offense, and Fields had 10 boards and 20 points for a double-double.
What impressed me the most about the game, is that I never once felt like either team was going less than 100%. That's why it was the best game I've seen in a long time. While we had some trouble rebounding (especially defensive rebounds giving the waves multiple opportunities) in the first half, but that seemed to be fixed in the second half. And We didn't handle the last two minutes all that well. But, these young Women were tenacious. Pressing on every defensive possession, working hard on every offensive possession. it was * every* possession. Perhaps Alford's team should take some tips from the Women about how to play a game for a full 40 minutes.
Thanks Ladies. You did a great job yesterday afternoon. Looking forward to the next time my schedule allows us to drive up from San Diego to see another game.
When you get the chance, go see a Women's basketball game!