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Word From Westwood - Dec. 18, 2012
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  12/19/2012

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Dec. 18, 2012

After hosting just a few events in the early part of December, New Pauley Pavilion once again becomes the focal point of the campus the latter half of the month.

All told, five basketball games will be played there from December 18-31, giving Bruins who haven't had the opportunity to see the venue since it re-opened a chance to get a glimpse of what the excitement is all about ...


Women's Basketball Rolls out Blue Carpet for Northridge
Following two victories to take the tournament crown in the St. John's (NY) Chartwells Holiday Classic, the women's basketball team now has five-straight wins and an improved record of 7-1. The #12-ranked Bruins take on Cal State Northridge on Thursday at 6 pm in New Pauley.

Though the Bruins and Matadors both competed in the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Cal State Northridge a year ago, the teams did not meet in that tournament. UCLA leads the all-time series, 9-0, and the schools last played on November 30, 2008 in Pauley.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to this or any other UCLA women's basketball home game this season, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2942) or order online at uclabruins.com/tickets.

Men's Basketball Hosts Two In-State Opponents
Fresh off a convincing 95-53 victory against Prairie View A&M last Saturday that improved its record to 5-1 in New Pauley (7-3 overall), the men's basketball team will host Long Beach State (4-6) on Tuesday at 8 pm and Fresno State at the same time on Saturday night.

Tickets for both games are still available. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2942) or visit uclabruins.com/tickets.

Football Team Off to San Diego Later This Week
The #17-ranked UCLA football team will wrap up its pre-Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl practices in Westwood later this week before heading to San Diego on Friday afternoon and making final preparations for next week's game. The team will be using San Diego State as its home base for bowl practices.

Jim Mora and the team will also be participating in a bevy of bowl-related activities throughout "America's Finest City" over the course of the week leading up to the game on December 27.

To see and read all about the team's days there, be sure visit the Bowl Central page on uclabruins.com often and follow @uclaathletics and @uclafootball on Twitter.


Tickets Available for Bruin Bash Game Day Tailgate
Tickets are still on sale for the Bruin Bash, UCLA's Official Pre-Game Tailgate Party, which will be held on-site at Qualcomm Stadium (Lot H-2) prior to UCLA and Baylor meeting in the Holiday Bowl.

Fans attending the tailgate will have the chance to enjoy food and drink while they listen to and watch the UCLA IMG Sports Network pregame show broadcast LIVE from the party with hosts Wayne Cook and Matt Stevens. In addition, there will be special appearances by the UCLA Band and Spirit Squad.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Bruin Bash, please click here

Wooden Athletic Fund Enjoys Amazing Year in 2012
As announced last week, UCLA exhausted its institutional allotment of 11,000 tickets to the Holiday Bowl.

Many of those who bought tickets were members of UCLA's Wooden Athletic Fund (WAF). The WAF has set numerous fundraising records in 2012, thanks to the generosity of nearly 5,000 UCLA alumni, fans and friends. With the giving year coming to an end in less than two weeks, the WAF has already received more than $11 million in cash contributions.

Click here for more information on joining the Wooden Athletic Fund.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

Bruin Fans:

As the football team prepares to travel to San Diego later this week, I just wanted to take a few minutes and personally thank everyone who purchased tickets for the Holiday Bowl game against Baylor.

By doing your part to ensure that we were able to move our institutional allotment of 11,000 tickets, you not only contributed to creating a home-field advantage for our Bruins, but you also helped make us more attractive for marquee bowls in future years.

The fervor with which a university's fan base travels to bowls and other high-profile neutral site contests is becoming increasingly important in the grand scheme of things, and we are one of only six universities (out of 70) competing in a bowl this year that has exhausted its entire allocation. Collectively, we should all feel proud of this accomplishment.

That said, you have been stepping up all year, as witnessed by our nationally-heralded 21-percent attendance increase at football home games. It truly has been a special year for the team on the field, but you also made it just as special in terms of atmosphere, by coming out to the Rose Bowl in droves.

Now, with a trip to San Diego next week in all of our sights to cap off the 2012 campaign and a chance to secure a school-record-tying 10th win, please accept my sincerest appreciation to each of you, on behalf of our football program (as well as each of our other 23 sports), for your incredible support this year.

I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego next week. If you aren't able to join the team there, I'll be in touch after the New Year when Word from Westwood returns.

Go Bruins and Happy Holidays!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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