With the win against Colorado, UCLA now has 20 consecutive wins at home. This weekend, the Bruins travel to Washington to face the set of schools. First up is the Washington State Cougars. A third consecutive win in conference play is the goal.
After a sloppy start in their conference opener, the Bruins wanted a stronger showing against Colorado. The Bruins lead Colorado all night with the Buffaloes cutting the led to eight points. That’s the closest they got all night. The biggest superstar of the night was Monique Billings. She tied a career-high 27 points with 18 rebounds for the night. With this double-double, when a player reaches double figures in two statistical categories, Billings records her eight of the season and 18 in her career. After the game she had, it came as no surprise when she was chosen as Pac-12 player of the week. Billings helped lead UCLA to their 20th consecutive win at home.
Now they face Washington State, who have a 6-8, 1-2 record. On paper, this game looks to be one of the easier ones in conference play, but it might not look the nicest. Sometimes, when a game looks to be in the bag, the Bruins play a sloppy game. Heck, there have even been games against higher-ranked schools where they play like that. But, against lower ranked teams, it is most likely to happen. Once UCLA starts letting themselves slip against lower ranked teams, it is highly possible the same happens against higher ranked ones. Hopefully, the Bruins decide to show off their talent against Washington State and not their messy style of play they have shown the last couple of games.
As they make their way to the state of Washington, UCLA looks for a sweep of victories. First, they face off against Washington State. A team that did not have the best non-conference play and conference play either. With a record of 2-0 in the conference, UCLA looks to continue their dominance on the road.
No. 9 UCLA Women’s Basketball (11-2, 2-0)
Opponent: Washington State (6-8, 1-2)
When: 6 PM PT, Friday, January 6, 2017
Where: Beasley Coliseum, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
TV: Pac-12 Network Los Angeles & Washington
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
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