Saturday, June 15

UCLA women's basketball kicked off its season with a 3-5 start – its worst in five years. But the Bruins have since then gone 13-5, sit in fifth place in the conference and are projected to be a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Anirudh Keni/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball picks up speed as it tries to qualify for March Madness

Coach Cori Close said the Bruins are playing their best basketball of the season. “I told them today at shootaround, ‘Y’all, a pretty fun part about this team is that we have come so far,’” Close said. Read more...

Photo: UCLA women's basketball kicked off its season with a 3-5 start – its worst in five years. But the Bruins have since then gone 13-5, sit in fifth place in the conference and are projected to be a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Anirudh Keni/Daily Bruin)

UCLA women's basketball kicked off its season with a 3-5 start – its worst in five years. But the Bruins have since then gone 13-5, sit in fifth place in the conference and are projected to be a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Anirudh Keni/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Japreece Dean drilled a pull-up 3 to cap off an 8-0 UCLA women's basketball run, giving the Bruins a six-point lead with 2:29 to go in the game. Dean went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished with career-high 28 points. (Lauren Man/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball bests California 80-74 with strong scoring drives

Japreece Dean handed out high-fives during timeouts. “I think (the senior guard) was the key,” said coach Cori Close. “She sets the tone for us.” UCLA women’s basketball (16-10, 9-5 Pac-12) defeated California (14-11, 5-9) 80-74 on Sunday with a career-high 28 points, four 3-pointers, seven assists and a lone turnover from Dean. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Japreece Dean drilled a pull-up 3 to cap off an 8-0 UCLA women's basketball run, giving the Bruins a six-point lead with 2:29 to go in the game. Dean went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished with career-high 28 points. (Lauren Man/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Japreece Dean drilled a pull-up 3 to cap off an 8-0 UCLA women's basketball run, giving the Bruins a six-point lead with 2:29 to go in the game. Dean went 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and finished with career-high 28 points. (Lauren Man/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere logged 21 points and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds. Onyenwere has turned in at least 21 points in nine games of UCLA women's basketball's 13 Pac-12 games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball yields to Stanford, ceding its 6-game win streak

It was a roller-coaster game for the Bruins. UCLA women’s basketball (15-10, 8-5 Pac-12) snapped its six-game winning streak in its 65-51 loss to No. 10 Stanford (20-4, 10-3) on Friday. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere logged 21 points and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds. Onyenwere has turned in at least 21 points in nine games of UCLA women's basketball's 13 Pac-12 games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere logged 21 points and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to go along with six rebounds. Onyenwere has turned in at least 21 points in nine games of UCLA women's basketball's 13 Pac-12 games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt freshman guard Lindsey Corsaro ranks second on UCLA women’s basketball in assists, averaging 3.1 per game. UCLA will host No. 10 Stanford, which is coming off its worst home loss under coach Tara VanDerveer after falling to No. 3 Oregon 88-48 on Sunday afternoon. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Women’s basketball to rematch Stanford and California in weekend games

The Bruins will have an opportunity to win their first top-10 matchup of the season. UCLA women’s basketball (15-9, 8-4 Pac-12) will rematch against No. 10 Stanford (19-4, 9-3) on Friday and California (14-9, 5-7) on Sunday at home. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt freshman guard Lindsey Corsaro ranks second on UCLA women’s basketball in assists, averaging 3.1 per game. UCLA will host No. 10 Stanford, which is coming off its worst home loss under coach Tara VanDerveer after falling to No. 3 Oregon 88-48 on Sunday afternoon. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman guard Lindsey Corsaro ranks second on UCLA women’s basketball in assists, averaging 3.1 per game. UCLA will host No. 10 Stanford, which is coming off its worst home loss under coach Tara VanDerveer after falling to No. 3 Oregon 88-48 on Sunday afternoon. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Senior guard Japreece Dean and the rest of UCLA women's basketball drank beet juice in preparation for playing in a higher elevation against Colorado and Utah last weekend. (Sim Beauchamp/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball beats high altitudes with beet juice

The Bruins ascended in both altitude and national consideration this past weekend. UCLA women’s basketball (15-9, 8-4 Pac-12) received eight votes in the latest AP Poll after defeating Colorado and then-No. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Japreece Dean and the rest of UCLA women's basketball drank beet juice in preparation for playing in a higher elevation against Colorado and Utah last weekend. (Sim Beauchamp/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Japreece Dean and the rest of UCLA women's basketball drank beet juice in preparation for playing in a higher elevation against Colorado and Utah last weekend. (Sim Beauchamp/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Kennedy Burke registered a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 from the field. Burke's 10-point performance against Colorado on Friday moved her into the top 20 on UCLA women's basketball's all-time scoring list with 1,291 career points. (Tanmay Shankar/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball moves up rankings with victories against Colorado, Utah

The Bruins are higher in the Pac-12 standings than they have been all season. UCLA women’s basketball (15-9, 8-4) stretched its winning streak to six games with a 64-60 victory over Colorado (11-12, 1-11) and a 100-90 victory over No. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Kennedy Burke registered a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 from the field. Burke's 10-point performance against Colorado on Friday moved her into the top 20 on UCLA women's basketball's all-time scoring list with 1,291 career points. (Tanmay Shankar/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Kennedy Burke registered a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 from the field. Burke's 10-point performance against Colorado on Friday moved her into the top 20 on UCLA women's basketball's all-time scoring list with 1,291 career points. (Tanmay Shankar/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Kennedy Burke is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the midway point of Pac-12 play. UCLA women's basketball will face Colorado on the road Friday night. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Women’s basketball travels east for pair of weekend matchups against Colorado, Utah

Michaela Onyenwere said the Bruins’ next matchup will be a rebounding battle. “(Colorado is) a really good offensive rebounding team,” said the sophomore forward. “(I) know that that’s one of their strengths.” UCLA women’s basketball (13-9, 6-4 Pac-12) will travel to Colorado (10-11, 0-10) on Friday and No. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Kennedy Burke is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the midway point of Pac-12 play. UCLA women's basketball will face Colorado on the road Friday night. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Senior guard Kennedy Burke is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game at the midway point of Pac-12 play. UCLA women's basketball will face Colorado on the road Friday night. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)


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