Monday, March 27

Women’s basketball ends NCAA Tournament run with loss to No. 1 UConn

UCLA had the early lead, but ultimately fell 86-71 to UConn, the four-time defending NCAA champions, in the Sweet 16. Junior forward Monique Billings had 17 points and 16 boards for the Bruins. (Jackson Haigis/The Daily Campus)

UCLA had the early lead, but ultimately fell 86-71 to UConn, the four-time defending NCAA champions, in the Sweet 16. Junior forward Monique Billings had 17 points and 16 boards for the Bruins. (Jackson Haigis/The Daily Campus)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Women’s college basketball is a different world in Connecticut. During the No. 4-seeded Bruins’ (25-9, 13-5 Pac-12) 86-71 loss to the No. 1 overall seed UConn Huskies (35-0, 16-0 American Athletic Conference) in the Sweet 16, the team didn’t want the atmosphere and situation to affect them.


UCLA's season ended with a loss in the Sweet 16. Freshman forward T.J. Leaf, who many predict will join Lonzo Ball in the NBA draft, choked up after the game. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
UCLA's season ended with a loss in the Sweet 16. Freshman forward T.J. Leaf, who many predict will join Lonzo Ball in the NBA draft, choked up after the game. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball announced after Friday’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament that he will enter the NBA draft. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball announced after Friday’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament that he will enter the NBA draft. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman Lonzo Ball scored 10 points in what is likely his last game for UCLA. The point guard is a projected No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman Lonzo Ball scored 10 points in what is likely his last game for UCLA. The point guard is a projected No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf had 13 points for UCLA in the first half. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Freshman forward T.J. Leaf had 13 points for UCLA in the first half. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

T.J. Leaf was a big part of UCLA's December win over Kentucky with Wildcats coach John Calipari saying the freshman forward dominated the game. Now Leaf and the Bruins will have a rematch against the Wildcats for a spot in the Elite Eight.
T.J. Leaf was a big part of UCLA's December win over Kentucky with Wildcats coach John Calipari saying the freshman forward dominated the game. Now Leaf and the Bruins will have a rematch against the Wildcats for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and UCLA's Lonzo Ball will go head-to-head Friday night, a matchup between two of the nation's best freshman point guards. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)
Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and UCLA's Lonzo Ball will go head-to-head Friday night, a matchup between two of the nation's best freshman point guards. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)


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