Jordin Canada named Pac-12 Player of the Week

UCLA guard Jordin Canada, pictured in a game against San Jose State, was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after helping UCLA to a road sweep of Washington and Washington State. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

Senior guard Jordin Canada earned her second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season after helping No. 9 UCLA to a road sweep of Washington and Washington State last weekend, the conference announced Monday.

Canada averaged 20.5 points per game during the sweep with eight total assists, five blocks and four steals. With 303 career steals, Canada, the defending Pac-12 defensive player of the year, is just the fifth player in conference history with more than 300 steals.

The Bruins (17-4, 8-2 Pac-12) held Washington without a field goal in the fourth quarter on Friday in Seattle to pull away late and win 86-69. Canada scored 15 of her team-high 22 points in the second half to help UCLA come back from a three-point halftime deficit.

The point guard from Windward High led the Bruins with 19 points against Washington State on Sunday to complete the road sweep with a 79-71 victory in Pullman. Monique Billings had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Lajahna Drummer added another double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

With a six-game winning streak, the Bruins are second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon (20-3, 9-1 Pac-12) and host rival USC on Friday at 8 p.m.

Jordin Canada sets UCLA assists record in win over Colorado

Senior Jordin Canada set the UCLA record for career assists while leading No. 14 UCLA to a 93-55 win over Colorado in Boulder on Sunday as the point guard tallied 10 points and 11 assists.

Her 700 assists surpassed former Bruin Erica Gomez‘s (corrected) record of 697, and Canada is the first player in Pac-12 women’s basketball history to record 1,800 career points and 700 assists.

The Bruins (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) jumped out to a 16-0 lead against the Buffaloes and never looked back as the lead ballooned to as many as 41. Japreece Dean had a career-high 21 points with five 3-pointers.

Canada had only one turnover with her double-double as UCLA had six double-digit scorers and 13 steals. The Bruins secured their first road sweep of the Pac-12 season with Friday’s 81-74 win over Utah.

“I think we’re starting to finally believe who we are and that’s defense,” Canada told the Pac-12 Networks after the game. “Our defensive intensity is huge and we showed that these past two games. I thought we were aggressive and I thought we attacked every opportunity that there was to get stops.”

Photos: UCLA women’s basketball falls to No. 1 UConn

Click the photo above or (HERE) to see photos of No. 5 UCLA’s 78-60 loss to No. 1 Connecticut at Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday.

Above, clockwise from top left: UConn head coach Geno Auriemma cheers on his team from the bench; UCLA forward Monique Billings tries to box out UConn’s Azurá Stevens; UCLA guard Jordin Canada pushes the ball up court; UCLA head coach Cori Close talks to Canada. (All photos by Scott Varley/SCNG)

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.

UCLA women’s basketball picked to win Pac-12 in preseason poll

UCLA guard Jordin Canada goes to the basket past Boise State forward Shalen Shaw during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 83-56. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

With four starters returning from last year’s Sweet 16 team, the UCLA women’s basketball team was picked to win the Pac-12 in the preseason coaches poll, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Bruins are coming off back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances for the first time in school history. They received 115 points and seven first-place votes to lead the coaches poll.

UCLA was also picked to win the conference last year, but finished fourth.

Senior guard Jordin Canada led the conference in assists (7.12) and steals (2.5) last year. The L.A. native was third in the Pac-12 in scoring with 17.8 points per game. She was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team honors for the second straight year.

Senior forward Monique Billings was named All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team after starting all 34 games for the Bruins. He was the second-leading rebounder in the conference with 10.5 boards per game.

Full preseason women’s basketball coaches poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses:

1. UCLA (7) 115
T2. Oregon (3) 108
T2. Stanford (2) 108
4. Oregon State 85
5 California 83
6. Arizona State 74
7. Washington State 61
8. USC 47
9. Utah 40
10. Colorado 38
11. Arizona 20
12. Washington 13