The UCLA basketball women’s team are heading into the 2019 NCAA Tournament as a 6-seed in the Albany Regional and have a tough path in front of them.
David Bowie said it best, “Let’s Dance!” After a surprising conference performance, the UCLA basketball women’s team is putting on their dancing shoes as they have been invited to play in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
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The UCLA Bruins (20-12, 12-6) made a case for themselves in the last two months as they had several impressive Pac-12 wins which helped them boost their resume. This season they had defeated six ranked teams, went 7-2 on the road in conference, beat then-#2 Oregon on their home floor, and have won 11 of their last 14 games.
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In their last contest, UCLA took top-ranked Oregon to overtime in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Although they fell to the Ducks, the Bruins proved that they are one of the better teams in the conference.
The Bruins will start the tournament by heading east as #3 Maryland will host the first two rounds of the tournament. The first round will consist of the following matchups on Saturday: #3 UCLA vs. #11 Tennessee and #3 Maryland vs. #14 Radford. The second round will take place on Monday, March 24.
UCLA has created a lot of momentum late in the season and if they can ride it through the first weekend, then they will head to the Albany Region the following weekend. That is when UCLA could run into #2 UCONN, who has been a pest for the Bruins recently.
In their last encounter back on November 21, 2017, the Bruins fell to the Huskies in a non-conference game, 78-60. A few months before that on March 25, 2017, UCONN ousted UCLA from the 2017 NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by a score of 86-71.
Again, the past is the past and the Bruins have too much going for them to worry about the what has happened before this season. UCLA is on fire right now and that should help them get far in the tournament. If you haven’t already, now is the time to get on the UCLA women’s basketball bandwagon! Go Bruins!