Los Angeles, Calif. - #13 Oregon State dominated both ends of the court Saturday to rout UCLA, 65-47, in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Jamie Weisner lead the Beavers with 17 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Sydney Wiese's 16 points included four three-shots. Gabriella Hanson added 11 points, and Ruth Hamblin and Deven Hunter had 13 and nine rebounds, respectively.
To say that last season didn’t go as planned for UCLA would be an understatement. As four players were hammered with season-ending injuries before opening day, the Bruins were left with a seven-member roster most games, and struggled to a 13-15 record.
But there was hope in the background during the year, as coach Cori Close had signed four of the nation’s top recruits, who together gave the Bruins the top freshman class in the country. Media and coaches polls banked on this, and gave UCLA a preseason ranking of 23.
Los Angeles, Calif. - #10 Texas used rebounds and defensive intensity to beat UCLA Sunday, 75-65, and close out a winning California road trip.
The Longhorns were out shot, but outrebounded their hosts 50-34, which included 20 offensive boards that enabled them to get 20 second chance points. Texas didn't allow UCLA to score a field goal for the last 3:36 of the game. The Longhorns had just upset #6 Stanford three nights prior.
Team Canada's recently announced list of the 25 top Canadian women basketball players who have been invited to try out for the 2012 Canadian Senior Women's National Team includes more than a few faces that will be familiar to U.S. fans of NCAA women's basketball.