Get out the noisemakers, Bruins. Your women’s basketball team is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999.
A year after being bounced from the Sweet Sixteen, UCLA topped Texas 84-75 in the regional semifinal to earn a chance to play for a Final Four berth. With Friday’s win, the Bruins have matched their best finish in program history, most recently accomplished nearly two decades ago.
“They had the courage to dream really big, but also to work really big and they delivered,” UCLA head coach Cori Close said, via the ESPN broadcast. “I’m just so proud of them.”
Jordin Canada led UCLA with 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds while Monique Billings added 17 points and 8 rebounds.
FINAL: No. 3 UCLA defeats No. 2 Texas, 84-75, to advance to its first Elite Eight since 1999! @moniquebillings had 17 pts, 8 rebs. @jaeecee3 had 22 pts, 8 asts. #GoBruins #GoBeyondGreat #ncaaw pic.twitter.com/ULNwnvHVSc
— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) March 24, 2018
The Bruins weathered a 7-for-16 day from deep from Texas by forcing the Longhorns to commit 21 turnovers, 12 of which caused by steals. Canada led the team with 5 steals and Lajahna Drummer added 4 more swipes for UCLA.
Ariel Atkins led the Longhorns in scoring with 16 points.
The Bruins will face No. 1 seed Mississippi State in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
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