Tonight’s UCLA Women’s Basketball game was over with eight minutes left in the first quarter, but let’s begin at the beginning.
Creighton took an early lead on a three-pointer by Audrey Faber with 8:57 to go in the opening frame. Just 13 seconds later, Kelli Hayes hit a jumper that started a 13-0 run by the Bruins that gave UCLA a 10-point lead. UCLA led 26-15 after a quarter of play.
The Bruins used tonight’s second quarter to stretch their lead to as many as 18 points before heading into the half with a 17-point lead, 49-32.
After the break, UCLA used an 11-2 run in the middle of the quarter to increase their lead to 27 points, 66-39. It didn’t change much in the final four minutes of the quarter and the Bruins led 71-45 after three quarters.
While the Bluejays narrowed the Bruin lead to 21 points in the fourth quarter, Creighton just couldn’t get the comeback they needed in the fourth. As a result, the Bruins closed out the game, and their season at home, with a 22-point victory, 86-64.
This was a complete team effort by the Bruins. While Jordin Canada led all scorers with 21 points and 8 assists, UCLA had five players in double figures. In what could be seen as a passing of the torch at home, Japreece Dean had the second-most points for the Bruins with 16 while Monique Billings scored 15 and grabbing 9 rebounds. Kennedy Burke added 11 while Lajahna Drummer had 10.
The Bruins now advance to their third straight Sweet 16 against #2-seed Texas in Kansas City on Friday. If UCLA is able to get past the Longhorns, they will face the winner of the other Sweet 16 matchup in the Kansas City Region between #1-seed Mississippi State and #4-seed North Carolina State on Sunday.