Senior guard Kelli Hayes and junior guard Japreece Dean perform their pregame “milly rock” dance during the starting lineup call.
Junior Kennedy Burke beats her defender on a drive to the basket. The guard scored on the layup to give the Bruins a 4-0 in the opening frame and finished the night with 15 points and five rebounds.
Senior forward Monique Billings launches a midrange jumper at the top of the key to get the Bruins on the scoreboard first. Billings logged 8 of UCLA’s 19 first-quarter points.
Redshirt junior Lajahna Drummer shot 4-of-5 from the field to log 8 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Billings executes a layup in traffic on her way to registering 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the game.
Texas led by as many as 3 points in the third quarter, but could not stop Canada, who went on to score 6 of UCLA’s next 9 points to regain the lead for good.
Texas forward Jatarie White blocks freshman forward Michaela Onyenwere while Billings prepares to rebound.
Guard/forward Joyner Holmes leaps for a rebound, finishing with seven total boards on the night.
Onyenwere added 8 points and four rebounds to give the Bruins a spark off the bench. The UCLA reserves outscored Texas’ bench 20-14.
UCLA advanced to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1999, and will have the chance to make program history Sunday night – the Bruins have never made the Final Four before.
Members of the UCLA band, who made the trip out to Kansas City, cheer as senior guard Jordin Canada explodes in the fourth quarter, earning 20 of her 22 points in the second half.
Canada drives into the lane and flips up a behind-the-head shot to give the Bruins an 80-72 lead with 59 seconds left in the contest.
Canada would not let a repeat of two years ago, when UCLA let a fourth-quarter lead slip away against Texas, happen again. This time around, she led her team to the Elite Eight with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
White looks to pass to a teammate through UCLA’s full-court pressure. She finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.