After defeating Washington on Friday night, UCLA faces Washington State in their last home game of the regular season. The Bruins have been undefeated at home all season long and hope to continue the trend.
The last time UCLA and Washington State met was back in early January in Washington. The Bruins had started conference play the week prior and were on their first Pac-12 road trip. In this game, the Cougars came out with the upset when they handed the Bruins their first conference loss. The Bruins then went on to lose to Washington as well. This time around things are looking different. On Friday night, they pulled off the upset by defeating Washington and today they look for a sweep at their last home game.
In their last meeting, the biggest problem for UCLA came in the form of Washington State freshman Chanelle Molina. She scored a career-best of 33 points. They had no way to stop Molina. This time, the Cougars will be without one of their best players as Molina’s season ended two weeks after the initial meeting between these teams when she tore her ACL against Arizona State. As a result, the Bruins have one less problem to worry about.
UCLA has dominated at home winning 26 consecutive games. When they play at home they play a better ball game. This was evident against Washington. Both their offense and their defense played phenomenally. While their offense depends a lot on Jordin Canada, they have proven they can hold their own without her. The other players on the team have stepped up to keep the offense moving. While Canada started the last game on the bench, she should start today’s game unless she is still having some pain from her neck injury. Monique Billings played well Friday night going to the boards time after time and making baskets all night long since Canada only played 18 minutes due to her injury. Kari Korver did well to distribute the ball to her teammates and scoring three-pointers on her own and, when Nicole Kornet is feeling it, she is feeling it. She can score three-pointer after three-pointer. The Bruins have always had lots of weapons at their disposal, but have had difficulty using them. When it seems they have figured things out, it goes the other way. Hopefully, today goes as well as, or better than, Friday night.
In addition to today’s game being the last regular season home game, it is also Senior Day. The Bruins will honor Kari Korver, Nicole Kornet, and Dominique Williams before tip-off.
#16 UCLA Women’s Basketball (19-7, 10-5)
Opponent: Washington State Cougars (10-16, 5-10)
When: Sunday, February 19, 2017, 11 am PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Washington with Christian Miles and Maylana Martin Douglas
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and Pac-12 Now App
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