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The 2013-14 college basketball season officially got underway with the first practice of the year.
UCLA Women's Basketball Holds First Official Practice
By: UCLA Athletics
 

LOS ANGELES - The 2013-14 women’s basketball season officially got underway today with the first official practice in Pauley Pavilion.

The practice usually starts at Noon and lasts till 3:00 p.m. Today the team didn't get onto the court until around 12:30 p.m. as a special guest was in the house, UCLA Hall of Fame inductee and Olympic gold medalist, Rafer Johnson. Johnson shared his insights and passion for competitive greatness with the team and then demonstrated to the Bruins how to put their socks and shoes on correctly, the way John R. Wooden taught him.

Head Coach Cori Close enters her third year with the Bruins after guiding UCLA to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and a Pac-12 Tournament runner-up finish. She sports an overall record of 40-24 (.625). 

This year UCLA 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 Bruins will be making a total of 18 television appearances, the most in school history, during the 2013-14 regular season.

UCLA posted a 26-8 overall record and a third-place finish in the competitive Pac-12 Conference (14-4) last year. 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 senior starters from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons. Leading scorer Atonye Nyingifa (11.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Thea Lemberger (8.6 ppg, 2.6 apg) will lead a young but talented squad.

In addition, UCLA returns sophomore guard Nirra Fields (7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and junior forward Kacy Swain (3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg). The Bruins also regain the services of three players that missed most of last season due to injury. Redshirt junior Corinne Costa (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg) only played five games last year while redshirt freshman Lauren Holiday (1.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg) only played in three contests. Both will be back this season, as will redshirt junior Rhema Gardner, who missed the entire season a year ago. UCLA also retains the services of its newest scholarship player, junior guard Madeline Brooks (0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg).

The Bruins will be without sophomore guard Kari Korver for the season. An MRI revealed a tear in her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a tear in her lateral meniscus last week.

However, the Bruins bring in a recruiting class that features freshman guard Dominique Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./St. Mary's Catholic), freshman forward Paulina Hersler (Södertälje, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium), freshman center Savanna Trapp (Esko, Minn./Esko HS) and junior center Luiana Livulo (Lisbon, Portugal/Northwest Florida State).

While Trapp is slated to redshirt the season and Hersler might not be available until the start of conference season while rehabilitating from a knee injury, Williams and Livulo will look to make an immediate impact.

UCLA opens its regular-season at Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 8 at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The Bruins will host 13 regular-season home games after playing an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion versus Vanguard on Oct. 31.

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EVENT INFORMATION
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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
TBA
Sunday, Mar 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Sunday, Mar 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Apr 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS