No. 3-seeded UCLA women’s basketball huddle up minutes before tipoff as they take on No. 11 seed Creighton in round two of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior guard Kelli Hayes performs her pregame ritual with junior guard Japreece Dean as the senior hears her name one last time at Pauley Pavilion during the starting lineup call.
Senior guard Jordin Canada high-fives teammates during her last starting lineup call in front of a UCLA home crowd.
Junior guard Kennedy Burke jumps straight up to defend guard Olivia Elger’s layup.
Burke defends guard Temi Carda as she drives into the paint, seconds before she leaps up behind Carda to swat the ball away for one of UCLA’s four blocks.
In the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, redshirt junior Lajahna Drummer scored a combined 19 points and eight rebounds in the two games.
Guard Sydney Lamberty goes up for a layup, her only made field goal of the night. The senior logged 20 points in Creighton’s first-round upset against No. 6 seed Iowa, but shot just 1-of-7 on Monday night.
Burke defends forward Jaylyn Agnew as she drives to the basket. Agnew, who notched 24 points in round one, logged only 5 points and fouled out in the final quarter.
The Bruins’ bench goes crazy following Dean’s fourth triple of the night. Canada found Dean wide open on the right corner for a 3, grabbed the reboud off of Dean’s miss and passed the ball right back to Dean – this time it went in.
Drummer fights to grab a rebound. She finished with four rebounds on the night and is averaging 6.8 boards this season.
Billings goes up for a fastbreak layup after stealing the ball in the passing lane. She finished the night with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Canada missed only two shots Monday night: a layup and a free throw. The senior shot 6-of-7 from the field and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Dean looks to pass inside to Drummer in the third quarter. Dean had zero turnovers for the third time in her last four games.
Drummer fouls Carda who elevates for a layup, finishing with 4 points, three rebounds and two assists for the Bluejays’ bench.
Billings and assistant coach Shannon Perry share a special moment as the senior checked out of her last game at Pauley Pavilion. With about two minutes left in the game, coach Cori Close subbed in all three seniors so that the trio could exit to the crowd’s standing ovation together.
Freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere congratulates redshirt junior guard Chrissy Baird on making her first 3-pointer in her career. Baird logged her second made field goal this year and has only played 17 minutes this season.
Onyenwere and the rest of her team throw their hands up in celebration of making UCLA’s third-consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. The Bruins had only made the Sweet 16 three times in program history prior to that.
Canada and Dean pose to celebrate an 86-64 victory to knock off Creighton and advance to the Sweet 16. The two guards led the team in scoring with 21 points and 16 points, respectively.
The Bruins pose for a team photo in their locker room following the victory. UCLA is headed to Kansas City, Missouri, for the Sweet 16 and will play No. 2 seed Texas for an opportunity to reach its first Elite 8 since 1999.