UCLA, Cal win today

UCLA beat St. Mary’s today, 83-58. Junior guard Darxia Morris lead the charge with 20 points.

Hoopism reporter Daniel Uribe was at the game and said Friday’s lackluster performance against Texas Tech appeared to be a bad game for the Bruins, as they played aggressively and with cohesion today. He said he has been impressed lately with the way sophomore Rebekah Gardner has been stepping up.

Cal prevailed this evening over Long Beach State, 80-71, lead by freshman guard Layshia Clarendon’s 21 points (reppin San Bernardino!).

Uribe was also at that game, and said that despite the win, Cal isn’t looking sharp. They remind me of last year’s Tennessee squad with its bevy of freshman, and Uribe can’t disagree. On the other hand, he said the 49ers have improved since the Dec. 3 game he saw. Coach Jody Wynn also seems to be a “never say die” leader, coaching and shouting encouragement from the sidelines until the final buzzer.

Celebrity sightings: Bruin alumni Lisa Willis was at the UCLA game, and current Bruins Erica Tukiainen and Jasmine Dixon were at the Cal-LBS game.