UCLA dominated James Madison last night, 90-61. Nirra Fields lead four other Bruins in double figures, with 23 points. Jordin Canada added 20; Monique Billings 15; Kacy Swain 11, as well as 14 rebounds; and Kelli Hayes had 10 points.
It was an unexpected blowout, as the Dukes are a solid team that has made the NCAA Tournament for the last 10 years straight. But with the September loss of top scorer Precious Hall to an ACL tear, the Dukes are looking for someone to fill in the gap.
The Bruins, in their second counting game, continue to look like a much-evolved team from last season when there were five freshmen on the roster. Jordin Canada, who was the top scorer against St. John’s last week, got a slower start Friday night. Nirra Fields, in the meantime, reeled off 10 points in the first quarter and another 10 in the second. Both players, who were on the rosters for the USA and Canada, respectively, at last summer’s World University Games, benefited tremendously from the experience, which shows in their play.
The entire UCLA squad performs more like a team this season, and visibly has more on-court confidence. They should finish near the top of the Pac-12 conference.
Monique Billings snags a rebound for the Bruins in the first half.
JMU point guard Angela Mickens looks to distribute the ball.
Kari Korver runs the play for the Bruins.
Monique Billings looks for the open teammate.
Jazmon Gwathmey takes the ball inside the key for the Dukes.