The Bruins had a pleasant surprise on their way to Tuesday’s practice in Pauley Pavilion. For the first time in nearly four years, the Bruins, in the midst of a six-game winning streak, earned their way into the national poll, coming in at No. 25 on the Coaches Poll.

The newly-ranked Bruins (20-7, 13-3 Pac-10) will get their final test of the regular season as they host the Arizona schools, with Arizona State (17-10, 9-7) coming to Pauley Pavilion tonight and Arizona (13-14, 6-10) visiting Saturday for UCLA’s Senior Day.

With the Bruins entering their season-ending home stand on a hot streak, there is a palpable sense of optimism about a program that is looking for their first taste of postseason play since 2006. For the three Bruin seniors, center Moniquee Alexander and guards Erica Tukiainen and Allison Taka, the final two games will be an opportunity to leave Nell and John Wooden Court on a high note.