The UCLA Women’s Basketball team are the no. 4 seed in the up coming Pac-12 Tournament. Though they missed on a regular season championship, there is still a lot to play for.
The UCLA Women’s Basketball team both succeeded and missed out on several goals this season. Despite what has happened, it has resulted in the Bruins being the fourth seed in the conference tourney and getting a first-round bye.
The Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Wednesday, will be the next opportunity for the Bruins to win some hardware. UCLA plays the winner of 12 Washington and 5 Cal on Friday at 2 p.m. PT.
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UCLA was picked to win the conference at the beginning of the season, but unfortunately missed that mark. The Bruins started Pac-12 play 2-2, but then went on a 10-game win streak and had been in contention for the regular season championship.
Unfortuately, two weeks ago they had a tough time up in the state of Oregon as they lost to both the Ducks and Beavers in overtime. Though UCLA won their next two (and final conference games), the Bruins finished fourth in the standings.
It was an unfortunate run, but one that is not without reasons to cheer.
Senior point guard Jordan Canada recently became the Pac-12’s all-time leader in assists and she keeps pushing that record with every game UCLA stays alive for in the post-season. This year, she is second in the conference in assists with 7.2 per game, 9th in scoring with 16.3 and leads the conference with 3.1 steals.
Senior forward Monique Billings has also made her mark as she leads the Pac with 9.8 rebounds per game. She is also just behind Canada in the scoring department with 15.0 ppg. Kennedy Burke has also been a scoring factor as she contributing 10.4 ppg. All three have been named to the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams, with Burke getting honorable mention in both categories.
The top four seeds in the Pac-12 Tournament are as follows: 1 Oregon, 2 Stanford, 3 Oregon State and 4 UCLA.