UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close secured two commitments from future Bruins over the weekend, marking her second and third recruits to commit in the past week. Close and the Bruins now have a pledge in both the class of 2022 and the class of 2023 in addition to a graduate transfer recruit eligible next season. (Ashley Kenney/Assistant Photo editor)
It’s been a busy week for coach Cori Close on the recruiting trail.
UCLA women’s basketball picked up commitments from class of 2022 guard Londynn Jones and graduate transfer forward IImar’I Thomas on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Less than a week after their unexpected early end to the season, the Bruins are gearing up for the future.
Four-star point guard Jada Williams announced her decision to commit to the UCLA women’s basketball program Monday morning by posting a video to her Instagram featuring shots of her in Westwood and on the Pacific Coast wearing Bruin gear.
“I promised my (grandfather) that I would choose a school that would not only be a great fit for me on the court but also help me develop into the person I want to become,” Williams said before revealing her choice.
UCLA started practicing Sept. 21, which, according to coach Cori Close, made it the last team in the country to start play.
It was only fitting that the Bruins ended their season in the same way – on a delay.
This post was updated March 22 at 10:56 p.m.
After higher seeds won all of the 16 NCAA tournament games Sunday, three were upset prior to the final game Monday.
The Bruins avoided being the fourth.
After falling short in their Pac-12 championship game, the Bruins begin their March Madness run against a conference champion.
No. 3 seed UCLA women’s basketball (16-5, 12-4 Pac-12) will take on No.
Kelli Hayes knew she wanted to do something different.
In late 2017, when Hayes was a senior guard for UCLA women’s basketball, many teams across the nation were kneeling during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protest against racial inequality and other forms of social injustice.
When the difference between the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament conditions became public, Cori Close was not surprised.
“We’re not blown away by this, this is not a surprise – it’s just that it’s way more public to everybody else,” the UCLA women’s basketball coach said.
UCLA women’s basketball (16-5, 12-4 Pac-12) will enter the NCAA tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Hemisfair region, giving the Bruins a first-round matchup against the Mountain West champions, No.
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