Big Weekend for Past and Future Bruins

April 2, 2012

Future Bruin Kari Korver won a three-point shooting title on Friday, fellow freshman-to-be Nirra Fields scored 14 in an All-American Game on Saturday and former Bruin head coach Billie Moore was honored at the Final Four on Sunday in a big weekend for UCLA women's basketball.

Korver holds the hardware

Korver got the weekend started by winning the American Family Insurance High School 3-Point Championship in New Orleans on Friday. The product of Valley Christian High School (Paramount, Calif.) advanced to the semifinals after finishing with 16 points in the first round, which was third among her fellow participants.

Then Korver really heated up, scoring 18 in round two to advance to the finals, where she defeated Shilpa Tummala 19-11 to win the 3-point crown. Korver, who missed her senior season at VCHS with an ACL injury, scored 1,850 points during her three years and was a two-time All-CIF selection.

On Saturday, Fields scored a team-high 14 points at the WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE for Team Navy, which fell to Team White. She played 22 minutes and went 4-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from the 3-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw stripe, adding five rebounds and a steal.

Fields at the McDonald's All-American Basketball Game

It was the second All-Star game in four days for Fields, who just completed a Division I state championship run with Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.). Last Wednesday at the McDonald's All-American Basketball Game in Chicago, she scored a game-high 20 points, going 9-of-11 from the field in 18 minutes and adding three rebounds, a block and one steal.

Moore was recognized at halftime of the Stanford-Baylor National Semifinal in Denver with six other coaches who have led the United States Women's Basketball Team in the Olympics. Second from the right in the photo below, the former UCLA head coach was joined by Geno Auriemma, Theresa Grentz, Anne Donovan, Van Chancellor, Nell Fortner and Pat Summitt.

The head coach for Team USA in the sport's first Olympics in 1976, Moore led the Red, White and Blue to a silver medal. Her initial campaign at UCLA was the 1977-78 season, which saw the Bruins go 27-3 and win the AIAW National Championship. In 16 years in Westwood, Moore had a record of 296-181 with three NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of trips to the Regional Semifinals and two WCAA Conference titles. She was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball and Women's Basketball Halls of Fame in 1999.

(left to right: Geno Auriemma, Theresa Grentz, Anne Donovan, Van Chancellor,
Nell Fortner, Billie Moore, Pat Summitt)

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