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UCLA WBB Schedule Finalized with Gulf Coast Showcase Pairings
By: UCLA Athletics

LOS ANGELES - The 2013-14 UCLA women's basketball schedule is now finalized with today's announcement of the pairings and bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Dates and times are still subject to change.

The Bruins will face James Madison on Nov. 29 at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. JMU was 25-11 last year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. The Bruins will face the winner or loser of Mississippi State and Grand Canyon in the next game. Rounding out the tournament field is Wright State, North Carolina State, Middle Tennessee State and Southeastern Louisiana.

UCLA has once again put together a challenging non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The Bruins finished the 2012-13 season with a strength of schedule RPI rating of 11th in the country for the entire season and that rating was at No. 6 for the non-conference portion of the season.

In all, the Bruins will play eight different teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and that is up by one from last year's tough schedule. The Bruins will face another six squads that were selected for the NIT field.

After an exhibition game with Vanguard on Oct. 31, the Bruins will open the season on the road at Nebraska on Nov. 8. The Cornhuskers were 25-9 last year and reached the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the game in Lincoln, Neb., will be the first women's basketball game in Nebraska's new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Then the Bruins return to Los Angeles for their home opener with local foe Pepperdine on Nov. 11.

The Bruins then host a pair of powerhouses on back-to-back Sunday afternoons. First in town will be North Carolina (Nov. 17), which went 29-7 last year before exiting in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Then comes the rubber match with Oklahoma (Nov. 24), as the two teams split a pair of games last year. The Sooners lost in the "Sweet 16" a year ago, recording a 24-11 mark.

The Bruins spend the majority of December on the road. First, UCLA heads to Florida for three games (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Then UCLA will play its first of two Final Four teams from 2013 when they make a trip on Dec. 7 to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish was 35-2 a year ago and finished ranked No. 2 in the RPI. UCLA will then head to San Diego for a game with the Aztecs. San Diego State was 25-7 last year and lost in the second round of the WNIT. The Bruins will take part in a holiday tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., for two games in the Golden Gopher Classic. UCLA will square off with the hosts, Minnesota, on Dec. 20 and then face Auburn on Dec. 21. Both of the teams made the WNIT last year with Minnesota falling in the first round (18-14) and Auburn losing in the "Elite 8" (19-15).

UCLA closes out its non-conference schedule after the holiday break with a home game against NCAA Tournament participant, Cal Poly, on Dec. 28. The Mustangs, which suffered a first-round setback, were 21-11 last year.

The 2013-14 Pac-12 women’s basketball schedule will feature a league-record over 100 television appearances during the regular season, including 101 telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks and five on the ESPN networks as part of the Conference’s television package. Among those 106 appearances, all nine games of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle will be televised, with nine appearing on the Pac-12 Networks and the championship game on ESPN on March 9.

The UCLA Bruins will have the distinction of having the first televised conference game when they host USC on Dec. 30 (7:00 p.m.) and the last televised conference game on March 2 when they visit Utah (1:00 p.m.).

The UCLA Bruins will be making a total of 18 television appearances during the 2013-14 regular season. That is up from 14 a year ago and just four in 2011-12.

The Bruins will face a guaranteed 18 of 28 regular season games against teams that made the postseason last year and a possibility of 20 of 30 games as the Bruins progress through the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Last year, the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons, as second-year head coach Cori Close directed UCLA to a 26-8 overall record and a third-place finish in the competitive Pac-12. A consistent team all season, the Bruins compiled four separate winning streaks of at least five games, including two streaks of six consecutive victories.

UCLA advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament title game, losing by a 51-49 margin to top-seeded Stanford, before cruising past Stetson, 66-49, in a first-round meeting of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins’ season ended with an 85-72 setback to Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. The Bruins return two starters from last year, including leading scorer senior Atonye Nyingifa (11.6 ppg). The other returning starter is also a senior, guard Thea Lemberger (8.6 ppg).

Women's basketball season tickets are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN). For more ticket information, or to buy tickets now, click here.

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2013-14 UCLA Women's Basketball Schedule

Day Date Opponent Network Time
Thursday Oct. 31 Vanguard (Exhibition)   TBD
Friday Nov. 8 at Nebraska   10:00 am
Monday Nov. 11 Pepperdine   TBD
Sunday Nov. 17 North Carolina Pac-12 Networks 3:00 pm
Sunday Nov. 24 Oklahoma Pac-12 Networks 1:00 pm
Friday Nov. 29 James Madison   TBD
Saturday Nov. 30 Mississippi State/Grand Canyon   TBD
Sunday Dec. 1 TBD   TBD
Saturday Dec. 7 at Notre Dame   10:00 am
Sunday Dec. 15 at San Diego State   2:00 pm
Friday Dec. 20 at Minnesota   10:00 am
Saturday Dec. 21 vs. Auburn   12:00 pm
Saturday Dec. 28 Cal Poly   TBD
Monday Dec. 30 USC Pac-12 Networks 7:00 pm
Friday Jan. 3 Utah Pac-12 Networks 6:00 pm
Sunday Jan. 5 Colorado Pac-12 Networks 7:00 or 8:00 pm
Friday Jan. 10 at Arizona Pac-12 Networks 7:00 pm
Sunday Jan. 12 at Arizona State Pac-12 Networks 12:00 pm
Friday Jan. 17 Oregon Pac-12 Networks 8:00 pm
Monday Jan. 20 Oregon State Pac-12 Networks 12:00 pm
Friday Jan. 24 at Stanford Pac-12 Networks 8:00 pm
Sunday Jan. 26 at California Pac-12 Networks 6:00 pm
Friday Jan. 31 Washington Pac-12 Networks 8:00 pm
Sunday Feb. 2 Washington State   TBD
Saturday Feb. 8 at USC Pac-12 Networks 3:00 pm
Friday Feb. 14 at Oregon State   7:00 pm
Monday Feb. 17 at Oregon Pac-12 Networks 4:00 pm
Friday Feb. 21 California Pac-12 Networks 8:00 pm
Sunday Feb. 23 Stanford Pac-12 Networks 4:00 pm
Friday Feb. 28 at Colorado Pac-12 Networks 5:00 pm
Sunday Mar. 2 at Utah Pac-12 Networks 1:00 pm

All times listed Pacific.


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Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
Saturday, Jan 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
Sunday, Jan 10
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
Friday, Jan 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
Sunday, Jan 17
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
Friday, Jan 22
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
Friday, Jan 29
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 03 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 04 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Sunday, Mar 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Mar 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Apr 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN