Mar. 5, 2013
What a great weekend for all Bruins, especially our men's and women's basketball programs, who earned big-time wins. We also hosted an enthusiastic house for ESPN's Game Day crew on Saturday. As exciting as the weekend was, there was a lot of discussion about adidas' unveiling of our alternate uniforms, and I want to start off this edition of Word From Westwood by addressing it up front.
As you know, last week, our long-time apparel partner, adidas, unveiled a set of alternate uniforms for some of their partners, including UCLA, Notre Dame, and Kansas, three schools entrenched with athletic tradition. As you are aware, our men's basketball team had worn an alternate uniform earlier this season at Pauley Pavilion, and our players have continued to love the idea of mixing it up. As such, we decided to go ahead with a unique uniform in line with our peers to wear during the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
In my recent conversations with leadership at adidas and with the men's basketball staff, we decided to wear the alternate uniform only for our initial game at the Pac-12 Tournament. Due to our anticipated seed in the tournament, we will suit up in the white version of the alternate uniform, as worn by Larry Drew II in the photo to the right.
Retail replicas of the alternate uniforms will be available for purchase in the UCLA Store.
Now, on to the exciting weekend of hoops ...
UCLA Athletic Director
Women's Basketball Team Ready for Pac -12 Tournament Action
The #13-ranked UCLA women's basketball team concluded its regular season with a road sweep of the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona State Friday and Arizona Sunday. The victories gave the 23-6/14-4 Bruins a season sweep against both teams and increased UCLA's current winning streak to four games.
The Bruins own the number three seed in this week's Pac-12 Tournament and will not play until the quarterfinals, when they meet the winner of the Utah-Arizona first-round game. The UCLA quarterfinal game will air Friday at 2:30 pm on the Pac-12 Networks. For the entire tournament schedule, please visit here.
Single-session tickets are still available for the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament and can be purchased here.
Men's Basketball Heads North to Conclude Pac-12 Play
Wrapping up its inaugural season at New Pauley Pavilion with emotion-filled victories over both Arizona State and Arizona, the #23-ranked men's basketball team finishes its regular season at the Washington schools this week.
UCLA (22-7, 12-4) will face Washington State on Wednesday at 6:30 pm (PT) on the Pac-12 Networks, before battling the Huskies at 11 am Saturday on CBS. Both games will air on the radio as well, on the UCLA-IMG flagship station, AM 570 FOX Sports LA.
The Bruins are tied for first place in the conference with Oregon entering this week, and have assured themselves of a third-place or better finish in the standings and a guaranteed bye in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Up to date conference standings are available here.
Limited single-session tickets to the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament can be purchased here.
Students Rock Pauley Pavilion for ESPN's College GameDay
Pauley Pavilion was abuzz all day Saturday for the thrilling final home game of the men's basketball season, thanks to the energy generated by The Den for UCLA's appearance on ESPN's College GameDay, presented by State Farm.
Hundreds of students camped out Friday night (many of whom were in line at noon), and were treated to late-night pizza, hand-delivered by the men's basketball coaching staff and players. With very little sleep, students and fans entered the building at 5 am, and the live broadcast began at 7 am.
After an amazing and boisterous showing for the early morning television appearance, the students then returned to Pauley on Saturday afternoon for a pregame TV appearance, and later rocked the house all game long, creating one of the best home game atmospheres of the season. Their presence played a big part in the Bruins' defeat of Arizona that put them in a tie for first place in the conference.
Spring Football Practice Dates Announced
Year two of the Jim Mora era will officially get underway on the early morning of Tuesday, April 2 with the start of Spring Football practice on Spaulding Field. The Bruins will be on the field three days during the first week of practice and then four days of the week during each of the final three weeks.
The annual Spring Game will be held at the Rose Bowl Stadium at 5 pm on Saturday, April 27. All practices, as well as the Spring Game, will be open to the public. For a complete schedule of practices, please click here.
UCLA opens the 2013 season against Nevada on Aug. 31 at the Rose Bowl. For ticket information or to place a season-ticket deposit, please call 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946).
Bruin Football Honored at LA Sports Awards
The Pac-12 South Division Champion UCLA football team was honored on Sunday night at the LA Sports Awards. The Bruins' 38-28 win over USC in the Rose Bowl (which earned them the Division title and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game) was recognized as the eighth-greatest L.A. Sports Moment of 2012. Head Coach Jim Mora and UCLA's all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin were on hand to collect the award.
Franklin also received the award for the Best UCLA Moment of the Year, for his 37-yard touchdown run against Arizona at the Rose Bowl (November 3) that gave him the school's all-time career rushing record.
The LA Sports Awards will first air on Prime Ticket Sunday, March 10 at 9:30 pm PT and will be re-aired several times after that.
Olympic Sports Report
- The #2-ranked men's golf team will play in two tournaments simultaneously next weekend. One fivesome will play in the Bandon Dunes Championship in Oregon, and the other team of five will play in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.
- With a week off from dual-match play, members of the #3-ranked Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov won the event, beating USC's Eric Johnson and Max De Vroome in the final. The Bruins will host Hawai'i on Wednesday at LATC.
- The #3-ranked women's tennis team had just one match last week, improving to 9-1 on the season with a 4-3 victory over Pepperdine in Malibu. The Bruins host cross-town rival USC on Friday at LATC.
- The #3-ranked women's water polo team suffered a 7-6 setback at #4-ranked Arizona State on Saturday in both team's conference opener. The Bruins (16-3, 0-1 MPSF) return home this week to host #5 California on Saturday at 1:00 pm in league play and #6 San Diego State on Sunday at noon in a nonconference game.
- The #6-ranked Al Scates calling the action.
- The #6-ranked gymnastics team wrapped up a grueling three-meet road stretch with a 197.075-196.375 loss at defending NCAA champion Alabama. The Bruins will finish the regular season slate with a pair of home meets on Sunday, Mar. 10 vs. Michigan, California and Iowa State and a week later against Arkansas. Both meets have a 2 pm start time and will take place in Pauley Pavilion.
- The sand volleyball team, ranked #6 in the preseason, kicks off its inaugural season next Monday, March 11, taking on Florida State on the sand volleyball courts at Long Beach State.
- The #9-ranked softball team (18-2) produced its third-straight 5-0 weekend at last week's San Diego Classic, outscoring the competition, 41-8. UCLA stays local this week, traveling to Cal State Northridge on Wednesday and to the Long Beach State Invitational in Lakewood this weekend.
- The #12-ranked baseball team won all four of its games last week, defeating UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon, and then sweeping Wright State in a three-game weekend series at home to improve to 8-2 on the year. UCLA faces Long Beach State tonight before returning home to host Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC at Jackie Robinson Stadium this weekend.
- The #13-ranked women's golf team finished second out of 15 teams in the Bruin-Wave Invitational and will be off the next couple of weeks before returning to action later this month at the Hawaii Spring Invitational.
- The #14-ranked swimming and diving team posted a fifth-place finish at last week's Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, Washington. The Bruins find out Wednesday which student-athletes will make the NCAA Championships (March 21-23).
- Five indoor track and field athletes will compete in next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. On the men's side, pole vaulter Mike Woepse and heptathlete Marcus Nilsson will represent UCLA. In addition, three Bruin women head to Fayetteville this weekend: senior Allison Koressel (pole vault), and sophomores Kylie Price (long jump) and Brea Buchanan (60m hurdles).
- The women's rowing program opens its 2013 spring campaign against Loyola Marymount in Marina del Rey on Saturday morning.
Rose Gilbert Retires from Teaching after More Than 60 Years
Rose Gilbert, a long-time and treasured friend to UCLA Athletics, recently announced her retirement at the age of 94, and after a 63-year teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District, mostly at Palisades High School.
Rose, on a first-name basis with many in the athletic department, has been rumored to attend as many as 100 UCLA sporting events across campus in a given year despite her teaching schedule, and, so far, has no plans to cut back now that she will have some more free time.
A heartfelt congratulations and "thank you" goes to Rose from all those whose lives she has touched, both here at UCLA and, of course, at Pali High.
Remembering a Great Bruin: Mike Marienthal Passes Away
Mike Marienthal, a decorated Marine who played football for UCLA and served as the men's basketball official scorer for 50 years, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 89.
Mike served as the official scorer at his first UCLA men's basketball game on Dec. 6, 1946 and held the position with distinction for 50 years, retiring at the end of the 1995-96 season. His passion and love of UCLA was second to none, and he will be sincerely missed by the Bruin family.
For a complete obituary, please visit here.