Wednesday, September 18

Redshirt junior forward Lajahna Drummer added 6 points in the Bruins' home game against USC, but scored nearly twice as many points when the Bruins traveled across town and took on the Trojans at the Galen Center. (Axel Lopez, Daily Bruin)

UCLA women’s basketball beat USC with the help of a supportive crowd

There were nearly more UCLA fans than USC fans in Monday’s rematch at the Galen Center. After cutting into a 14-point deficit, the Trojans had trimmed it to a 1-point game midway through the final frame. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior forward Lajahna Drummer added 6 points in the Bruins' home game against USC, but scored nearly twice as many points when the Bruins traveled across town and took on the Trojans at the Galen Center. (Axel Lopez, Daily Bruin)

Redshirt junior forward Lajahna Drummer added 6 points in the Bruins' home game against USC, but scored nearly twice as many points when the Bruins traveled across town and took on the Trojans at the Galen Center. (Axel Lopez, Daily Bruin)

After competing against one another at rival high schools for three years, senior guard Jordin Canada and junior forward Kennedy Burke have become inseparable as teammates for UCLA women's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Former high school rivals develop chemistry, bond at UCLA

Coach Cori Close received an unusual text message from her freshman point guard in 2015. “I don’t think we should recruit Kennedy Burke,” Jordin Canada wrote. Read more...

Photo: After competing against one another at rival high schools for three years, senior guard Jordin Canada and junior forward Kennedy Burke have become inseparable as teammates for UCLA women's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

After competing against one another at rival high schools for three years, senior guard Jordin Canada and junior forward Kennedy Burke have become inseparable as teammates for UCLA women's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior forward Monique Billings was fired up in UCLA's win over USC at the Galen Center on Monday night. She scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds en route to the 84-70 victory. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

UCLA takes down USC to complete season sweep over crosstown rival

The Bruins’ composure down the stretch helped them secure a season sweep over the Trojans. While UCLA led for the entire game, its largest lead of 14 in the third quarter dwindled to just one midway through the fourth. Read more...

Photo: Senior forward Monique Billings was fired up in UCLA's win over USC at the Galen Center on Monday night. She scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds en route to the 84-70 victory. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

Senior forward Monique Billings was fired up in UCLA's win over USC at the Galen Center on Monday night. She scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds en route to the 84-70 victory. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Kelli Hayes and UCLA women's basketball came up winless on their Washington road trip a season ago. This weekend, the Bruins return to the Pacific Northwest with a shot at redemption. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Women’s basketball seeks season’s longest win streak

UCLA will have the opportunity to mark its largest win streak of the season this weekend. But coach Cori Close remembers coming back from this road trip empty-handed last season. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Kelli Hayes and UCLA women's basketball came up winless on their Washington road trip a season ago. This weekend, the Bruins return to the Pacific Northwest with a shot at redemption. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior guard Kelli Hayes and UCLA women's basketball came up winless on their Washington road trip a season ago. This weekend, the Bruins return to the Pacific Northwest with a shot at redemption. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere has found her groove with UCLA women's basketball and is fresh off her best weekend as a Bruin. She has scored 31 points in her last two games combined, helping her earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Women’s basketball get well-deserved rest before California, Stanford match

The Bruins got two days off from practice this week – one more than they usually get. They earned it. Coach Cori Close promised her team extra rest if it reached a certain amount of passion plays regardless of the games’ outcomes. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere has found her groove with UCLA women's basketball and is fresh off her best weekend as a Bruin. She has scored 31 points in her last two games combined, helping her earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere has found her groove with UCLA women's basketball and is fresh off her best weekend as a Bruin. She has scored 31 points in her last two games combined, helping her earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Senior forward Monique Billings led all scoring for UCLA over the weekend. Against Oregon State, she logged 19 points and was 8-of-12. She did even better Sunday, scoring 22 of the Bruins' total points. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Women’s basketball routs Oregon State, falls to Oregon in home stand

UCLA faced its third consecutive top-25 team and saw its 20-game Pac-12 home win streak snapped Sunday. After clinging to a one- or two-possession lead through the majority of the fourth quarter, a triple by Oregon guard Lexi Bando sealed the team’s late victory – UCLA never made a field goal in the game’s final three minutes. Read more...

Photo: Senior forward Monique Billings led all scoring for UCLA over the weekend. Against Oregon State, she logged 19 points and was 8-of-12. She did even better Sunday, scoring 22 of the Bruins' total points. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior forward Monique Billings led all scoring for UCLA over the weekend. Against Oregon State, she logged 19 points and was 8-of-12. She did even better Sunday, scoring 22 of the Bruins' total points. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA women's basketball closed out 2017 with an 82-46 victory over California on Saturday. Senior forward Monique Billings had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Women’s basketball ends five-game road trip with 82-46 win against Cal

Coach Cori Close had two words for her team prior to the game – focus and freedom. After falling behind 7-0 to open up the game, UCLA kept its poise and remained aggressive, eventually taking the lead later in the quarter. Read more...

Photo: UCLA women's basketball closed out 2017 with an 82-46 victory over California on Saturday. Senior forward Monique Billings had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA women's basketball closed out 2017 with an 82-46 victory over California on Saturday. Senior forward Monique Billings had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)