Sunday, August 25

Senior forward Monique Billings has been an integral part of UCLA women's basketball for four years, but her reach extends far beyond the hardwood. She has dedicated much of her time off the court to inspiring young women across the country. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Projected WNBA top pick talks modeling, future plans

Monique Billings leapt across the stage at a ballet recital when she was 6 years old, but she looked more fit for a jersey than a tutu. Read more...

Photo: Senior forward Monique Billings has been an integral part of UCLA women's basketball for four years, but her reach extends far beyond the hardwood. She has dedicated much of her time off the court to inspiring young women across the country. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior forward Monique Billings has been an integral part of UCLA women's basketball for four years, but her reach extends far beyond the hardwood. She has dedicated much of her time off the court to inspiring young women across the country. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA women's basketball will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion after securing a No. 3 seed. The Bruins will face American in the Round of 64 on Saturday afternoon. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

No 3. seed women’s basketball to face American in NCAA Tournament

The Bruins are going dancing for the third consecutive year – a stretch that ties a program record among its 15 total NCAA Tournament appearances. UCLA women’s basketball (24-7) earned a No. Read more...

Photo: UCLA women's basketball will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion after securing a No. 3 seed. The Bruins will face American in the Round of 64 on Saturday afternoon. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA women's basketball will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion after securing a No. 3 seed. The Bruins will face American in the Round of 64 on Saturday afternoon. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

After dropping their first match of the weekend against LSU, sophomore Savvy Simo and partner junior Zana Muno were victorious in their other three matches in the East Meets West Challenge. Simo said she attributes their success to their experience together in indoors. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Women’s volleyball battles teams from East and West, finishes undefeated

For the first time this season, UCLA finished a weekend undefeated – even in unusual Southern California weather. The Bruins were drenched from the rain in three of their four matches. Read more...

Photo: After dropping their first match of the weekend against LSU, sophomore Savvy Simo and partner junior Zana Muno were victorious in their other three matches in the East Meets West Challenge. Simo said she attributes their success to their experience together in indoors. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

After dropping their first match of the weekend against LSU, sophomore Savvy Simo and partner junior Zana Muno were victorious in their other three matches in the East Meets West Challenge. Simo said she attributes their success to their experience together in indoors. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Lily Justine defeated a pair from USC with partner Sarah Sponcil in the Bruins' loss to the Trojans last weekend. The UCLA duo fell to the team from Pepperdine and looks to recover in its matches Thursday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA beach volleyball to play first home game of the season

After a rocky start to the season due to battling the wind, the Bruins will compete at home for the first time. “We feel good about the conditions because our conditions are different than Hawaii, different than LMU and we’re used it,” said coach Stein Metzger. Read more...

Photo: Lily Justine defeated a pair from USC with partner Sarah Sponcil in the Bruins' loss to the Trojans last weekend. The UCLA duo fell to the team from Pepperdine and looks to recover in its matches Thursday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Lily Justine defeated a pair from USC with partner Sarah Sponcil in the Bruins' loss to the Trojans last weekend. The UCLA duo fell to the team from Pepperdine and looks to recover in its matches Thursday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Coach Cori Close and UCLA women's basketball fell in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals for the second straight year on Saturday. However, the Bruins are still in a prime position to make a run at the NCAA Tournament later this month. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Women’s basketball seniors leave lasting imprint on program, look to NCAAs

SEATTLE, Wash. — Coach Cori Close has harped all season long on wanting to grow the game of women’s basketball. “As usual, I always thank you as journalists … for telling the stories of our players because it is so important for our game,” Close said in her opening statement following the loss to top-seeded Oregon. Read more...

Photo: Coach Cori Close and UCLA women's basketball fell in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals for the second straight year on Saturday. However, the Bruins are still in a prime position to make a run at the NCAA Tournament later this month. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Coach Cori Close and UCLA women's basketball fell in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals for the second straight year on Saturday. However, the Bruins are still in a prime position to make a run at the NCAA Tournament later this month. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA women’s basketball could not hang onto the lead in Saturday night’s semifinal matchup with Oregon, despite senior guard Jordin Canada's 19 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA women’s basketball loses to Oregon 65-62 in Pac-12 semifinal

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Bruins failed to accomplish something they hadn’t been able to do all season: beat the Ducks. No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball (24-7, 14-4 Pac-12) fell short to No. Read more...

Photo: UCLA women’s basketball could not hang onto the lead in Saturday night’s semifinal matchup with Oregon, despite senior guard Jordin Canada's 19 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA women’s basketball could not hang onto the lead in Saturday night’s semifinal matchup with Oregon, despite senior guard Jordin Canada's 19 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Senior forward Monique Billings recorded 18 points and eight rebounds  in the Bruins’ 77-74 win over the Bears on Friday night. UCLA will face Oregon in the semifinal of the Pac-12 Tournament on Saturday.

UCLA defeats Cal, to face Oregon in Pac-12 Tournament semifinals

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Bruins will play in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals for the third consecutive year. No. 9 UCLA women’s basketball (24-6, 15-4 Pac-12) knocked off California (21-10, 11-8) 77-74 in the quarterfinal Friday night, setting the stage for a semifinal meeting with Oregon on Saturday. Read more...

Photo: Senior forward Monique Billings recorded 18 points and eight rebounds in the Bruins’ 77-74 win over the Bears on Friday night. UCLA will face Oregon in the semifinal of the Pac-12 Tournament on Saturday.

Senior forward Monique Billings recorded 18 points and eight rebounds  in the Bruins’ 77-74 win over the Bears on Friday night. UCLA will face Oregon in the semifinal of the Pac-12 Tournament on Saturday.