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One Game Away From 100

The lady Bruins made it six in a row against USC yesterday to advance to the NCAA championship game against Stanford today.  Per the LA Times:

The UCLA women's team defeated USC for the sixth consecutive time, and fourth time this season, 7-6, Saturday night in the semifinals of the NCAA championships at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

The second-seeded Bruins (27-2) will play top-seeded Stanford (27-2) today at 5:30 p.m. in the championship match. The Cardinal advanced by beating San Diego State, 13-4.

If UCLA wins, it would be the school's 100th NCAA team title. UCLA would be the first school to accomplish that feat.

As in last year's NCAA tournament match between the Trojans and Bruins, Courtney Mathewson scored the winning goal late in the fourth quarter.

Mathewson scored with just over a minute left in the game to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead. Kelly Rulon stole the ball on USC's final possession to secure the win.

UCLA is now 32-12 all-time against USC, which dropped to 21-6 and will play San Diego State for third place at 3:30.

Courtney Mathewson; Photo by Jennifer Drader

Here's the official recap, as well as some notes from the campus rag.  If you'd like to dial into the game, try
here, or head out to Los Alamitos.  For the uninitiated, once you figure out all the whistles, I think you'll find water polo to be one hell of a sport.

Anyway, whatever happens, it's been a tremendous season for these ladies.  Hopefully they can keep it rolling against an extremely talented Stanford squad.