After a win against Arizona, UCLA packs up their bags and hit the road where they play a four-game away stretch. They don’t travel too far as they stay on the northwest coast. First, they head to northern California this weekend and, next weekend, they travel over to Oregon. Their first opponent is the UC Berkeley tonight.
The last time UCLA and UC Berkeley met was in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in 2016. The Bruins came out victorious defeating the Golden Bears 73-67 in double overtime. The game before that in the Pauley Pavilion was also won by the Bruins 75-56. They have been more dominant at home than in Berkeley. In fact, UCLA has lost the last five games at UC Berkeley. Haas Pavilion has not been the kind to the Bruins recently.
UCLA enters the game against UC Berkeley on a high. On Sunday against Arizona, they played a whole lot better than in previous games. Their offense dominated the first half and then they let their defense take control of the second. Tonight, defense will going to be the biggest issue. Though offense does have times where they struggle in shooting, they somehow find a way. On defense, especially the fourth quarter, they have let their guard down and been outscored multiple times. They need to play tough defense tonight because being they are on the road and, at this point, every game is a must-win to keep the Bruins’ conference championship hopes alive.
Including tonight’s game, there are eight games left in the regular season and they are tied for third place in the conference. So, every game is important. They can still claim the Pac-12 title by themselves, but, in order for that to happen, they need to play like they did against Arizona. Both offense and defense need to play their best if they want to think about winning the title.
#12 UCLA Women’s Basketball (17-4, 8-2)
Opponent: UC Berkeley Golden Bears(15-7, 3-7)
When: Friday, February 3, 2017, 8 pm PT
Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Pac-12 National, Los Angeles and Bay Area with Roxy Bernstein and Mary Murphy
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and Pac-12 Now App