UCLA women’s basketball pours in school-record 129 points in season opener

UCLA guard Jordin Canada notched a triple double in UCLA’s 129-69 season-opening win against San Jose State. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

After practice Wednesday, UCLA women’s basketball head coach Cori Close said her team’s offense looked chaotic and purposeless at times. Two days later, that same offense scored a school-record 129 points in its season opener, crushing San Jose State 129-69 at Pauley Pavilion on Friday.

Senior guard Jordin Canada notched the seventh triple-double in school history with 26 points (on 10-for-12 shooting), 11 steals and 10 assists. But the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was left wanting more.

“It just shows the potential that we have,” she told reporters after the game. “I know we made lots of mistakes tonight. They got off 35 3s. That’s something we need to focus on. It definitely shows the potential we have.”

The Bruins broke a 46-year school record with their 129 points, eclipsing the old mark of 125 points set in 1971 and matched in 1976. UCLA was 47-for-83 shooting with 27 free throws off 38 attempts.

“Whenever you break a record that was set in 1976, you’ve got to be respectful,” Close said. “Think about the amazing players who have played here. To be able to break that record, I’m very proud. The reason I’m proud is because of all the great people who laid the groundwork for us, who sacrificed, Denise Curry, Maylana Martin, Ann Meyers. Noelle Quinn was here. To be able to break a record that so many people built a foundation for, that’s pretty special.”

Canada and Meyers, now known as Ann Meyers-Drysdale, are the only two UCLA players with two triple-doubles in their careers. Canada is the only player in school history with a points-assists-steals triple-double.

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