Friday's game against UC Berkeley was a nail biter and there is no doubt tonight’s game against Stanford will be the same. UCLA will need to do a better job offensively than they did against the Golden Bears when they take on the Cardinal.
To say Friday’s game wasn’t good is an understatement. It was sloppy, to say the least. They fought hard to come back, but their defense could not keep up. If they play just like they did the other night, they will lose again tonight. As it is, their already-low chances of winning the conference are all but disappeared as a result of Friday night’s loss.
Historically, Stanford has always been a tough opponent that the Bruins only play once this season. That may actually be a good thing seeing as how the Bruins have had difficulty against opponents ranked higher than them. Currently, Stanford is ranked 8th, seven spots ahead of UCLA as of today’s AP Top 25 Women’s Poll. The Cardinal leads the series 59-23.
While there is still a chance of a win, it will be an uphill challenge. Last week, Stanford’s coach Tara VanDerveer became the third Division I coach, man or woman, to win 1,000 games. Now, she looks to add to that total tonight against UCLA. Stanford is currently in second place in the conference one-half game behind first-place Oregon State. The Cardinal is one of six teams in the nation in the top 15 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. Against UC Berkeley, the Bruins were held in check by the Golden Bear defense. Expect the Stanford defense to try doing the same thing in tonight’s game.
If the previous game was tough, then tonight is going to be an even tougher one. Stanford has a very stingy defense that does not allow a lot of shots. At the same time, their offense is good at making their shots.
#15 UCLA Women’s Basketball (17-5, 8-3)
Opponent: #8 Stanford Cardinal (20-3, 10-1)
When: Monday, February 6, 2017, 6 pm PT
Where: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
TV: ESPN2 with Beth Mowins, Kara Lawson and Shelley Smith
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app
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