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UCLA Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Non-conference Schedule
By: UCLA Athletics

LOS ANGELES - The 2013-14 UCLA women's basketball team has once again put together a challenging non-conference schedule for its 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 number 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 five 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 Naples, Fla., for three games (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) in the Gulf Coast Showcase (opponents will be announced at a later date). 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 Pac-12 slate will be announced in the coming weeks by the Pac-12 Conference.

The Bruins will face a guaranteed 17 of 27 regular season games against teams that made the postseason last year and a possibility of 20 of 30 games once the Gulf Coast Showcase field is set.

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).

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2013-14 UCLA Women's Basketball Non-conference Schedule

Day Date Opponent
Thursday Oct. 31 Vanguard (Exhibition)
Friday Nov. 8 at Nebraska
Monday Nov. 11 Pepperdine
Sunday Nov. 17 North Carolina
Sunday Nov. 24 Oklahoma
Friday-Sunday Nov. 29-Dec.1 at Gulf Coast Showcase
Saturday Dec. 7 at Notre Dame
Sunday Dec. 15 at San Diego State
Friday-Saturday Dec. 20-21 at Golden Gopher Classic
Friday Dec. 20 at Minnesota
Saturday Dec. 21 vs. Auburn
Saturday Dec. 28 Cal Poly
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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
W, 113 - 42
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 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
vs. Denver or Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
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