The UCLA Bruins are back at home for two games after a trip to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. This week, the Bruins play host to the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine. They are looking to extend their four-game winning streak.
UCLA has what it takes to make it far this season. The players have talent, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that sometimes they have trouble coming together and looking like a team. Their troubles were on display in the Toledo game. Breaths were held in the first quarter after Jordin Canada went down and hobbled off the court. She came back in the second quarter, though some questioned if it was the right decision or not. The doubt flew out the window after Canada dribbled through the Toledo defense before laying it in. Toledo exposed UCLA multiple times throughout the games. Just in the second half alone, the Bruins allowed eight three-pointers. That should not have been allowed. Hawai’i is not going to be a big as a problem as Toledo was. Granted UCLA played back-to-back games so fatigue could have played a factor. Actually, it did. This game, they have a little more than a week of rest. They should be able to play to the level that they have played all season long with a long rest. Another game like Toledo and even Iowa is unacceptable.
It is not a question if UCLA is going to win the game, but rather how they will go about it. After the Toledo match, all eyes are on the Bruins, especially Coach Close, to see how she handles a team that is more than capable of bringing home the Pac-12 and possibly a national title.
#9 UCLA Women’s Basketball (5-1,0-0)
Opponent: University of Hawai’i (2-5, 0-0)
When: 2:00 PM PT, Sunday, December 4, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Los Angeles with Krista Blunk and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
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