Senior guard Kennedy Burke (right) dances with freshman guard Ahlana Smith (left) during Burke’s player introduction before UCLA women’s basketball tips off against Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Senior guard Japreece Dean shoots a 3 in the first quarter. Dean went 0-of-7 from the field in the first half before finishing the game with 14 points.
Sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere attempts a fast break layup.
Freshman guard Kiara Jefferson secures a Tennessee rebound as redshirt senior forward Lajahna Drummer tries to swat the ball away.
Onyenwere led both teams in points and rebounds, logging 22 and 15, respectively.
UCLA coach Cori Close yells at her players from the sideline as Tennessee closes a once-17-point lead and pulls ahead by one point.
Drummer is double-teamed by Tennessee defense during the Bruins' bid to take back the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Onyenwere reacts to a call against her after a collision in the paint.
Burke capitalizes on her second steal in the fourth quarter and finishes a layup in transition. The guard notched three of UCLA's seven steals on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman guard Lindsey Corsaro drained two 3s midway through a back-and-forth final quarter to give UCLA the lead for good. Corsaro finished with a career-high 18 points in her first NCAA tournament game.
Forward Cheridene Green (right) comforts forward Rennia Davis (left) after Tennessee suffered a 17-point first-quarter deficit. Davis logged a team-high 21 points; however, the Lady Vols fell short of the comeback.
Assistant coach Tasha Brown laughs with redshirt freshman guard Kayla Owens and sophomore forward Lauryn Miller after UCLA held off Tennessee’s comeback by outscoring the Lady Vols 31-23 in the fourth quarter.