Friday, May 24

Despite the hype and attention, UCLA and freshman Lonzo Ball have remained focused on the task at hand. Now with the tournament about to start, they'll need to bring their best every game to avoid a season-ending loss. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Bruins optimistic about NCAA Tournament, defense needs work

The hype and level of play have been building all year, but some things still stay the same for UCLA men’s basketball. The focus on defense, the preparation and, most importantly, the approach have not changed, even as the Bruins picked up the wins and a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Read more...

Photo: Despite the hype and attention, UCLA and freshman Lonzo Ball have remained focused on the task at hand. Now with the tournament about to start, they'll need to bring their best every game to avoid a season-ending loss. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Despite the hype and attention, UCLA and freshman Lonzo Ball have remained focused on the task at hand. Now with the tournament about to start, they'll need to bring their best every game to avoid a season-ending loss. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin)

Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

The Dam Truth: Sexual assault cases at Baylor should not be minimalized, dismissed

There are a lot of actions that could change the culture of Baylor University, a school riddled in sexual assault cases and cover-up claims dating back to 2012. Read more...

Photo: Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

Baylor is still reeling from the sex scandal that led to the resignation of the football coach, athletic director and chancellor. The women's basketball coach kept the university in the headlines after saying that parents who aren't willing to send their daughters to Baylor should get "(knocked) ... in the face." (Creative Commons photo by Lpret via Wikimedia)

Freshman T.J. Leaf is questionable for UCLA's regular season finale against Washington State, after suffering a left ankle sprain against Washington on Wednesday night. The forward hopes to be back for the Pac-12 tournament the following week. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Men’s basketball needs to fill in void left by T.J. Leaf’s injury

Even with freshman forward T.J. Leaf’s left ankle injury, coach Steve Alford tried to keep the mood in the locker room light. “I told him five minutes, two (points), one (rebound) and one (assist) – that’s not a bad line in five minutes,” Alford said after No. Read more...

Photo: Freshman T.J. Leaf is questionable for UCLA's regular season finale against Washington State, after suffering a left ankle sprain against Washington on Wednesday night. The forward hopes to be back for the Pac-12 tournament the following week. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman T.J. Leaf is questionable for UCLA's regular season finale against Washington State, after suffering a left ankle sprain against Washington on Wednesday night. The forward hopes to be back for the Pac-12 tournament the following week. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman Ena Shibahara dropped her first singles match in dual-play this season in a UCLA loss to Cal. Shibahara pinpointed her serving and aggressive playing as key to closing out future close matches. (Wesley Hardin/Daily Bruin)

Women’s tennis grapples with maintaining late-game momentum

Ball-for-ball and stroke-for-stroke, No. 9 UCLA women’s tennis was right in the matches against No. 12 Pepperdine and No. 18 California this weekend. But each time, the Bruins (6-3) were unable to close out their games, dropping them 5-2 and 6-1 respectively. Read more...

Photo: Freshman Ena Shibahara dropped her first singles match in dual-play this season in a UCLA loss to Cal. Shibahara pinpointed her serving and aggressive playing as key to closing out future close matches. (Wesley Hardin/Daily Bruin)

Freshman Ena Shibahara dropped her first singles match in dual-play this season in a UCLA loss to Cal. Shibahara pinpointed her serving and aggressive playing as key to closing out future close matches. (Wesley Hardin/Daily Bruin)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf finished his dominant showing in Tempe, Arizona, with nine points in the second half, for a total team-high 25. He also finished with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA men’s basketball survives injury scare to take down ASU 87-75

UCLA didn’t get the same Lonzo Ball that’s been spearheading its offense. Ball, who went to the locker room midway through the first half against ASU after tweaking his ankle, had just four points on 2-of-6 shooting. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward T.J. Leaf finished his dominant showing in Tempe, Arizona, with nine points in the second half, for a total team-high 25. He also finished with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf finished his dominant showing in Tempe, Arizona, with nine points in the second half, for a total team-high 25. He also finished with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf scored 16 points in the first half of Thursday evening’s game against Arizona State, and UCLA had a nine-point lead at the break. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA men’s basketball leads ASU 45-36 at halftime

Midway through the first half, Lonzo Ball limped off the floor. He landed awkwardly on senior guard Isaac Hamilton’s foot jumping to defend a deep 3, and headed to the locker room to retape his ankle. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward T.J. Leaf scored 16 points in the first half of Thursday evening’s game against Arizona State, and UCLA had a nine-point lead at the break. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf scored 16 points in the first half of Thursday evening’s game against Arizona State, and UCLA had a nine-point lead at the break. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman Jada Hart clinched No. 20 UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 22 USC on Saturday, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5. It was Hart's fifth singles win in her past six matches. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Women’s tennis defeats USC 4-3 in close competition

That 3-1 lead started feeling uncomfortably tight. No. 20 UCLA women’s tennis (6-1) had rolled to a 3-0 lead Saturday – taking the doubles point and cruising through two singles matches in straight sets – but host No. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt freshman Jada Hart clinched No. 20 UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 22 USC on Saturday, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5. It was Hart's fifth singles win in her past six matches. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt freshman Jada Hart clinched No. 20 UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 22 USC on Saturday, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5. It was Hart's fifth singles win in her past six matches. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)


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