Women’s basketball season preview: UCLA reaching for new heights

UCLA coach Cori Close calls to her team from the bench during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State in the Pac-12 tournament, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UCLA women’s basketball head coach Cori Close roped in the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2014 and those highly touted freshmen are now seniors. Coming off the school’s first back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16, those senior leaders are hoping to make their final ride the best one yet.

“It’s why I came here, is to create a legacy with these girls,” senior guard Jordin Canada said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”

The No. 8 Bruins are the favorite to win the Pac-12 with four returning starters, led by Canada and fellow senior Monique Billings. They start their season Friday at home against San Jose State at 7 p.m.

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