The UCLA Women’s Basketball team made a statement last night as the #20 Bruins put on a clinic against #12 Stanford.
Did you feel it? There was a Boom in Westwood which has caused a seismic shift in the Pac-12. The #20 UCLA Women’s Basketball team defeated #12 Stanford 56-36 at Pauley Pavilion Sunday night in a distinguishable Bruin victory.
The UCLA Women’s Basketball team righted the ship this week after a two-game road skid to USC and Washington. UCLA then defeated Washington State, Cal and now Stanford to go 6-2 in the Pac-12, which puts them in a tie for fourth place and are now two games out of first.
Only Washington, Oregon State and Arizona State are ahead of the Bruins in the standings. UCLA lost to the Huskies, defeated the Beavers and have yet to play the Sun Devils.
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Getting back to the UCLA Women’s Basketball victory, it was the first time the Bruins have claimed supremacy over the Cardinal in 21 games. On top of that, with a victory over Cal on Friday, the Bruins also got a sweep in the Bay Area, something they have not accomplished since 2006.
But this night was not only about streaks being broken as junior sharpshooter Kari Korver continued a momentous streak of her own against Stanford.
With her 3 three-pointers, Korver extended her streak of making a three-pointer in a contest to 30 games. She finished the night with 11 points, hitting 4 of her 5 shots.
Monique Billings led all Bruins in scoring with 12 points and added 7 rebounds. Nirra Fields and Jordin Canada also scored in double-digits as they made 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bruins also put out a terrific effort on the defensive side as they held the Cardinal to an exorbitantly low field goal percentage of 20.4%. Stanford, surprisingly, was only able to make 10 out of their 49 shots. This is directly attributed to the work Head Coach Cori Close has done improving the defense, something that is a breath of fresh air to all UCLA Basketball fans.
The Bruins next play Friday in Colorado, followed by a mid-Sunday battle at Utah.