After defeating Arizona State on Friday, UCLA has extended their home winning streak to 24 games. They are now in fourth place in the conference, just a game behind Washington, Oregon State and Stanford who are tied for first with just one loss each in conference play. Today, the Bruins face Arizona at home before they hit the road for four games.
They had a little bit of a rough patch earlier in conference play when they lost back-to-back games on their Washington road trip. Since then, they are on a five-game winning streak.
On Friday night, the opening quarter was a little shaky for the Bruins as they trailed in the opening minutes. After that, the Sun Devils trailed the rest of the game. Even though the Bruins were winning, they were being outshot from the field 47.6% to 39.4%, but they made up for it by winning in turnovers and rebounds. While Arizona State had some momentum in their offense, they had no answer when it came to defending Jordin Canada. She was aggressive as always and scored 26 points to lead the Bruins to a 69-60 win.
Next, they face the Arizona Wildcats who have not had played well in conference play. Their conference record is just 2-7 with those two wins coming against Utah and Washington State. Of course, anything can happen today, just like it did when UCLA played Washington State. But the Bruins should come away with a win today since they are playing at home where they are undefeated.
Though the Bruins have been getting wins, they’ve struggled to put together a complete game. It seems like when they are rebounding and getting turnovers, their shooting is bad. Sometimes, their defense is terrible, but they are still able to win the game. Today, against Arizona, they should be able to make a few mistakes and still expect to win, but, after today, they can’t because the next part of the schedule will be harder.
Today, they need to put together a complete game in order to head into their road trip playing good basketball, especially since they will be facing teams who, at this moment, have the conference title within their grasps.
#12/13 UCLA Women’s Basketball (16-4, 7-2)
Opponent: University of Arizona Wildcats (11-9, 2-7)
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2 pm PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and Pac-12 Now App
Audio: AM 1150 and uclabruins.com with Dave Marcus