UCLA had no business being on the court with SC! Great coaching game plan by UCLA staff. What’s their HC background? Hope they can keep this group together because I’m witnessing poor sportsmanship from their starters to end the game. Just saw a shouting matchup in the huddle..someone wasn’t happy!
This is not quite how I see things from a Pac 12 perspective. For one thing, UCLA does belong on the court with SC. Not saying they will/would/should win, but, as tonight has shown, they can be a tough out. I'm also not convinced that minus the (for UCLA) out of body accuracy from 3, they would necessarily end up with a loss playing the Lady Vols a second time. And, for what it's worth, Cori Close is generally not considered one of the better coaches in the conference.
From my perspective, the UCLA team on the SEC Network today is basically the team UCLA has been putting on the court for many years now: very little height, but usually decent rebounding due to team speed and leaping ability; a lot of talented/strong/aggressive guards; shaky shooting from beyond the arc (usually), and a tendency to have scoring droughts--some of them substantial--when their ability to force turnovers doesn't make up for missed baskets. And that scoring difficulty, in turn, can also lead to a lot of hero ball (thus, the relatively low number of assists tonight), although one could also argue that sometimes it's the hero ball that leads to the droughts. (The latter was especially true of the teams featuring Jordan Canada.) What seems different is that this team plays in a more controlled fashion than many prior UCLA teams. Despite her unfortunate loss of composure near the end, I think that Rice will be the key to continuing this trend. Unlike Osborne, who is a shoot first guard and has a tendency to try to do too much, Rice is a true point who can already do just about everything well only 7 or so games into her freshman year. If the team becomes hers, as I think it should, then I think it will benefit tremendously.