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UCLA Women's Basketball Conducts Third Annual Photo Shoot
By: UCLA Athletics

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The 2013-14 UCLA women's basketball team held its annual photo shoot at a studio in downtown Los Angeles this past weekend with professional photographer Christopher Greco, marking the third straight year that the team has partnered with Greco and his creative team.

Head Coach Cori Close came across the idea when she was an assistant at Florida State and implemented it when she arrived at UCLA.

"I wanted to portray our young ladies in a very different, new and edgy way,"Close said. "As we went through the experience, I saw what a team bonding experience it was and how important it was to celebrate our student-athletes as young ladies and not just as basketball players."

That sentiment was also shared by redshirt junior Corinne Costa.

"It is a great experience for the team to get made up and take pictures and show another side of us," Costa said. "It is also fun to hang out with the new players and get to know them a little better. It is a fun day where the whole team gets to bond."

The majority of the images will be used throughout the year to promote the UCLA women's basketball team. Some of the images will be utilized in game programs and the media guide while others will be used for marketing purposes via social media sites."

I think it is really cool that our program makes such a big deal out of us," sophomore guard Kari Korver said. "We all have a great time getting dressed up and having our photos taken to show off our feminine side. It is really a fun day."

Coach Close said that many of the images will be used to help market the program, especially in the area of recruiting, but that pales in comparison for what it does for the team chemistry and for the self esteem and the celebration of the young ladies on the squad.

"I think it is important for our fans to see the femine side of women's basketball," redshirt junior guard/forward Rhema Gardner said. "They usually just see us in our jerseys and baggy clothes. It's a great opportunity and we enjoy it every year."

This year, the studio was larger than in the past and came complete with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The larger studio also provided more stations for hair and make-up as well as for lighting and backdrops. The Wi-Fi also allowed the student-athletes to do their homework during downtime throughout the day as most are in summer school.

The players had an 8:00 a.m. call time for hair and makeup. There were a total of three photo stations, one with jerseys, one with business attire and one station where each player could showcase her personality with clothes and props that represented their interests and hobbies.

"I have never done a photo shoot quite like this," freshman forward Paulina Hersler said. "I have done smaller ones with my mom. I really had a lot of fun being a model for a day."

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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
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 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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