One of the UCLA assistant coaches twittered right after the victory this afternoon that the game against Cal was one of the ugliest ever seen, but they won. I saw the score, 44-32, and thought I understood. But it wasn’t until I read about it that I really got it. The Bruins held the Bears to eight points in the first half.
The Bruins missed their first 12 field goals of the game before Dixon finally hit a jumper at 9:20. The tables turned for Cal, however, as the Golden Bears did not score for the final 11 minutes of the half, allowing UCLA to not only get back into the game, but take the lead. The Bruins used a 14-0 run to end the half with a 14-8 lead. Nina Earl had seven of the Bruins’ 14 points in the scoring run. The Golden Bears shot a paltry 8.7% (2-for-23) from the field in the half. UCLA did not fare much better, shooting 20% on 5-for-25 shooting…..
The two teams set a UCLA record for fewest points scored by both teams in a game with 76. The previous record was 85 in a 49-36 loss to USC on Feb. 17, 2008. Cal’s 32 points in the game was the fewest by a Bruin opponent since UC Santa Barbara scored 31 on Dec. 15, 1984. UCLA’s 44 points were the least ever by a Bruin squad in a winning effort.
Yikes. I’m glad I wasn’t there.
Tonight at Baylor, they honored the parents of the players before their game. Here is freshman Brittany Griner with her mom and dad. So where the heck did 6’8″ come from?
Extra: this is the 1000th post of Hoopism(!).