UCLA heads off to the state of Oregon this weekend after a big win against No. 8 Stanford. The Bruins need to start off the weekend with a win at Oregon tonight to keep their Pac-12 title hopes alive.
UCLA needs to follow up Monday’s game against Stanford and do it even better tonight. Their defense cannot relax and lose a 12-point lead again. Against a team like Oregon, they are more likely to be forgiven if that happens again. When the two teams met last month, the Bruins defeated the Ducks by 16 points. This time around, UCLA will travel to Oregon looking to dominate like they did at home and sweep the Ducks just like last season.
Conference play has been difficult for Oregon. They have recorded some wins since the last time they faced the Bruins, but are still in a three-way tie for sixth place. One of their biggest assets is Ruthy Hebard who ranks seventh in the nation in shooting field goals at 65.1%. Her teammate Lexi Bando leads the country in shooting at 51% from the three-point line. The Bruins will need to do good job guarding those two. If their defense isn’t the best, they can make it up on offense with players.
UCLA had a solid team performance in their latest win. Their defense slowed down their opponent while the offense battled to increase the lead and they secured the win with a complete game. While they’ve had their fair share of struggles, maybe this is the team turning a new leaf at the right moment.
#15 UCLA Women’s Basketball (18-5, 9-3)
Opponent: University of Oregon (15-9, 5-7)
When: Friday, February 10, 2017, 6 pm PT
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
TV: Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Oregon with Ann Schatz and Tammy Blackburn
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and Pac-12 Now App
Audio: uclabruins.com with Dave Marcus
Live Stats: Oregon Ducks Stat Broadcast
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