The Women’s UCLA Basketball team has been ranked #1 for the second year in a row in the 2017-18 Pac-12 Coaches Poll.
It is happening. UCLA Basketball is starting to make a collective splash this season and that perception was boosted by the Women’s team getting the #1 spot in the 2017-18 Pac-12 Coaches Poll.
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For the second year in a row, the Bruins have been picked #1 overall, receiving seven first place votes. The full rankings are as follows:
2017-18 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll
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1. UCLA (7)
T-2. Oregon (3)
T-2. Stanford (3)
4. Oregon State
6. Arizona State
7. Washington State
Head Coach Cori Close enters her seventh season with the Bruins and it could be her best one yet. Ever since UCLA roared through the WNIT to win the championship back in 2015, the Bruins have been a growing force in women’s college basketball.
Close has done this with the help of now-senior point guard Jordan Canada who has taken her team on her shoulders and brought a new attitude to Westwood. Canada was the reason UCLA won the WNIT as she scored 31 points on 13-of-15 shooting as a freshman. Since then, UCLA has collected a lot of “Ws” with her at the helm.
After the WNIT championship, the Bruins have made it to two consecutive Sweet 16s, with this last time putting up a Fight Fight Fight but eventually losing to the mighty UCONN Huskies. Interestingly enough, UCLA has a chance to redeem themselves as they play the 11-time champs in the non-conference season.
The Bruins will also do battle with the likes of Baylor, Kansas State, Creighton, Oklahoma State and Seton Hall, just to name a few. And then it doesn’t get any easier with their Pac-12 schedule.
If the Bruins want to win a Pac-12 title and go farther than they have in the NCAA Tournaments in the Close era, then this is the team they can do it with. Go Bruins!