UCLA Faces Arizona on Day 2 of the Pac-12 Tourney
In case you missed it, the Pac-12 Tournament began yesterday. The Bruins are the third seed, and therefore earned a first round bye. Today's opponent--the 11th-seeded Arizona Wildcats--advanced to the second round of the tournament by upsetting the Oregon Ducks 74-68.
Tipoff for today's quarterfinal in Seattle is at 2:00 PM PST. Check back later today for a Bruins Nation preview of the game.
The Bruins Topple the Sun Devils on Senior Night
What a win for the Bruins! Nirra Fields had 24 points and 8 rebounds in an impressive Senior Day performance! pic.twitter.com/5URaCQRzdi— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) February 28, 2016
UCLA closed out the regular season with an impressive 74-61 victory over #9 Arizona State. It was a big win for a couple of reasons. First, it gave UCLA a 14-4 record in conference play, which clinched a tie for third place with Stanford, a perennial power in the conference. And by virtue of UCLA's 20-point win over Stanford earlier this year, the Bruins hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, which ensured that the Bruins snagged the No. 3 seed in the tournament, thereby avoiding a potential semifinal against Oregon State.
Second, by beating ASU, the Bruins were given a boost in their push to earn a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A top-16 seed would give UCLA home court advantage in the first two rounds.
If you haven't seen highlights of the Bruins' triumph over the Sun Devils, please take a minute to watch our women's basketball team in action. The Bruins have some terrific athletes, from point guard Jordin Canada to forward Monique Billings, and they play a style of basketball that is a joy to watch.
UCLA Grabs Top-10 Spot in NCAA Selection Committee Final Reveal
As reported by ESPN, UCLA is currently the tenth seed according to the NCAA women's basketball committee:
The NCAA women's basketball committee revealed its current top 10 Monday for the third and final time this month. Once again, nothing is different about the content of that list; it's been the same 10 teams since Feb. 1. What has changed, though, is the order of Nos. 5-10...
Rounding out the list is UCLA, which has been No. 10 all three times. The Pac-12, which has its conference tournament in Seattle, has three teams in the top 10 and another, Stanford, that received consideration.
For the reason mentioned earlier, that's welcome news for the Bruins. As things now stand, UCLA is on track to be a No. 3 seed in one of the regions. In the latest bracketology by ESPN's Charlie Creme, the Bruins are seeded third in the East Region with Pauley Pavilion serving as one of the hosts for the first weekend of tournament action.
Canada, Fields, Billings, and Burke Earn Pac-12 Honors
The Bruins collected a lot of honors this week in the end of season ritual of selecting All-Conference performers. Jordin Canada and Nirra Fields were both named to the All-Pac-12 Team, and Monique Billings was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Canada was also chosen for the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, and Nirra Fields was All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Last but not least, Kennedy Burke was selected for the Pac-12's All-Freshman team.
Congratulations to these four student-athletes for earning well-deserved recognition for their outstanding play this season!
Pac-12 All-Century Team Features Three Bruin Legends
The Pac-12 announced its All-Century Team this week, and three Bruins made the grade. The team includes Bruin basketball legends Ann Meyers (1974-78), Denise Curry (1979-82), and Natalie Williams (1990-94).
For what it's worth, the sister of UCLA great Reggie Miller was named Pac-12 Player of the Century.
And that's What's Bruin in this UCLA Women's Basketball Pac-12 Tournament game day edition.