Having made the Sweet Sixteen, their best in 16 years, last season the UCLA Women’s Basketball team opens their 2016-2017 regular season campaign against the Pacific Tigers.
Some have argued the Bruins, ranked No. 9 in the nation, face difficulty after losing recent graduate Nirra Fields. Fields helped lead UCLA to one of their most successful seasons in almost two decades. Even with the hole Fields left, coach Cori Close feels they have a roster very capable of filling in the gap.
Last season they were second to last in three-pointers attempted. This season Close has a plan to shoot eight a game. With players like Nicole Kornet and Kennedy Burke, who are known for their range, the plan looks like one that can be fulfilled. Adding to the three-pointers plan, the team has redshirt senior guard Kari Korver, freshman guard Lindsey Corsaro, and junior forward Paulina Hersler to help spread the team out wider. On top of those players, is junior point guard Jordin Canada. She comes off a season where she finished second in assists in the Pac-12. Canada has even been ranked by ESPN as the No. 21 player in the country.
Even though they lost one of their best players due to graduation, UCLA has not flinched a bit. They have new game plans they hope to will bring about another successful season. The Bruins have a deep roster that can help bring home another Pac-12 title and if all goes well a NCAA national title.
#9 UCLA Women’s Basketball
Opponent: Pacific University Tigers (0-0)
When: 8:30 PM PT, Friday, November 11, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavillion, Los Angeles, CA
Audio: uclabruins.com with Dave Marcus and Tracy Murray