UCLA finally heads home to Westwood. After a month on the road that included five games, they welcome the Oregon schools to Pauley. First, they take on Oregon State.
UCLA comes into the game looking for revenge after losing 2 of 3 games to the Beavers last season. The most important of those losses came in the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle. The team which won the first meeting was nowhere to be seen for the last two.
Oregon State will be a difficult opponent because they have won eight straight games. In the process, they managed to keep a handful of their opponents shooting under 35%. Things weren’t looking so great earlier in the season after the Beavers suffered losses to Notre Dame and Duke in games that were decided by seven or fewer points. The Beavers have turned things around, however, and have not lost a game since the loss to Duke.
While the team as a whole is going to be a challenge, UCLA will need to watch out for senior Marie Gulich. In Oregon State’s first two conference games against the Washington schools, Gulich recorded a total of 46 points, 24 against Washington and 22 against Washington State. In five of her last six games, she has reached double-double figures, while shooting 65.5% from the field.
When UCLA faced Stanford and UC Berkeley, two different teams showed up. A UCLA team who couldn’t put themselves together showed up against Stanford and a UCLA team who completely dominated in all aspects of the ball showed up against UC Berkeley. At this point, it’s difficult to tell which team will show up tonight, but here’s to praying it’s the latter.
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