UConn ends UCLA’s season in Sweet 16

Connecticut’s Napheesa Collier, right, pulls down a defense rebound against UCLA’s Jordin Canada, left, during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

A record-setting performance from Jordin Canada wasn’t enough for UCLA to fend off No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

UConn’s massive winning streak consumed another victim and grew to 110 as the Huskies took down the Bruins 86-71 in the Sweet 16 in Bridgeport, Conn.

Canada passed Mary Hegarty for the UCLA record for assists in a season, dishing out 11 and bringing her season total to 242. The junior guard recorded her third straight double-double, adding 20 points.

Monique Billings had another double-double for the Bruins (25-9) with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

“Jordin and Monique, they sort of hold the torch,” head coach Cori Close told reporters. “They know that they have to show up every single day, that we are playing around them. They may be the focal point, but you need every single person.” Continue reading “UConn ends UCLA’s season in Sweet 16” »

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UCLA women face UConn in Sweet 16

UCLA, fresh off a 75-43 dismantling of Texas A&M on Monday, face No. 1 UConn in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship on Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn. (Scott Varley/Staff Photographer)

When she saw that UCLA and shared a regional with No. 1 seed Connecticut, senior Kari Korver was admittedly not excited. That only lasted a few seconds though.

Although the undefeated Huskies seem to be a juggernaut, with its 109-game winning streak and legendary coach, the Bruins aren’t shying away from the challenge.

“There’s nothing you can do about it, it’s out of your control,” Korver said of being in UConn’s regional. “I actually feel like it’s going to be a really fun test, it’s going to be really cool.”

More on UCLA’s Sweet 16 matchup with UConn.

What: Bridgeport Regional Sweet 16
Who: No. 4 UCLA (25-8) vs. No. 1 Connecticut (34-0)
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
TV/Radio: ESPN/uclabruins.com

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UCLA football links: Bruins host scouts at Pro Day

UCLA tight end and fullback Nate Iese runs an agility drill in front of NFL scouts during UCLA’s pro day for NFL draft prospects in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

For the 12 UCLA seniors who didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine, Tuesday’s Pro Day was the biggest job interview of their lives.

“This is their Combine,” head coach Jim Mora said.

UCLA hosted its annual Pro Day on Tuesday, welcoming scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams, as 17 outgoing seniors worked out to improve their draft stocks. Former UCLA running back Jordan James and punter Matt Mengal also participated in the workout.

Wide receiver Kenneth Walker III had a good day, showing off his impressive speed (some scouts clocked his 40-yard dash in the 4.2-second range) and make a number of good catches in rainy conditions. Despite slipping a few times on the slick turf, linebacker Cameron Judge was approached by an Atlanta Falcon scout after the linebackers drills and was commended on his performance. Judge was also thrilled with his 40-yard dash time that was clocked in the low 4.5-second range.

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UCLA Pro Day: Jayon Brown, Eddie Vanderdoes, Takkarist McKinley

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about UCLA’s Pro Day and improving on his 40-yard dash.

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about dropping nearly 40 pounds since last summer, his health and his path to the NFL.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley talks about his recent shoulder surgery, watching Pro Day from the sideline and getting ready for the NFL Draft.

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