UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus’ floor routine highlights close win

If you missed it, Sophina DeJesus’s floor routine was the must-watch moment from Pauley Pavilion this weekend.

The UCLA senior put together a killer performance on Saturday, mixing in dance moves and a split landing to earn a 9.925 from the judges. She wasn’t the highest scorer of the day — that title went to teammate Angi Cipra, who scored 9.975 — but the Bruins needed every little bit of help they could get in a 197.100-197.075 win over Utah.

Some more highlights from the meet, which closed with Sadiqua Bynum earning a 9.950 to push UCLA past the Utes.

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USC 80, UCLA 61: Thomas Welsh

Thomas Welsh talked about UCLA’s 80-61 loss at USC, one that the Bruins’ opened by falling into a 9-0 hole. According to the sophomore center, the ugly offensive start trickled into the team’s defensive play too.

“That’s not the way it should be,” he said. “You should always be able to play hard on the defensive side of the ball, but we just weren’t making shots. It was downhill from there.”

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USC 80, UCLA 61: Steve Alford

Steve Alford talked after UCLA’s 80-61 loss at USC, the Trojans’ first sweep in the rivalry since 2010. The Bruins shot a season-worst 34.8 percent from the field, including 29.7 percent in the first half.

Asked what changes he’ll consider making between now and March, the third-year coach said: “No idea. We’ll see how practices ago. …

“We are who we are at this time. We’re not going to start doing a 1-3-1 zone and trapping everywhere. We’ve just got to get better at who we are.”

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