After losing to the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, Japreece Dean, Kennedy Burke and the rest of the Bruins had to wait a week to find out where they would be seeded in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
That wait is now over as the teams were announced this afternoon on ESPN.
The Bruins will play the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the first round of the Albany Region. As the 6-seed in the region, UCLA will have to travel to College Park, Maryland for the first two rounds of this year’s tournament.
The first two rounds will be tough for the Bruins. Tennessee is, after all, a women’s basketball blue blood program. If UCLA beats the Lady Vols, then they face a potential second round match-up with the 3-seed Maryland Terrapins. Should they get past both the Lady Vols and the Terps, they will advance to the Regional where they could end up playing the 2-seed UConn Huskies. Ouch.
Overall, it’s a tough draw for UCLA, and that’s without considering the distances they will have to travel. But, given how the Bruins have been playing down the stretch, I’m not sure Coach Close would have it any other way.
For a complete picture of this year’s tournament, be sure to check out the 2019 NCAA Women’s Tournament bracket.
UCLA will begin tournament play on Saturday, March 23 at 10 am PT.