UCLA athletics suffered another blow at the hands of Stanford, this time, with UCLA women's hoops losing a heartbreaker to Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament championship game in Seattle, WA.
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The Bruins fell behind early, as Stanford raced to an 11-0 lead while the Bruins missed their first 12 shots from the floor. After a 2-for-21 start and a 12-2 deficit, however, the Bruins battled back, closing out the first half by knocking down seven of their final 11 shots and earning the lead as the first period expired.
What would ensue was a dramatic back-and-forth, which saw countless ties and lead changes nearing the end of the game. After UCLA tied the game at 49 with just under 30 seconds to go, however, Stanford knocked down another shot with just eight seconds left, and the score stood at 51-49 when the final buzzer rang.
This is UCLA's 16th straight loss to the Cardinal in women's hoops, and perhaps the millionth time that a UCLA athletics program was defeated by Stanford in a high-stakes contest. Earlier in the year, UCLA women's soccer lost twice to Stanford (once in the NCAA tournament and once in the regular season) and are currently on a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal. In November, UCLA also lost a close contest to Stanford in football in the Pac-12 championship game, marking the fifth loss in a row to the Cardinal spanning four years.
The Bruins figure to be a No. 3 seed or higher in the NCAA tournament according to Daily Bruin reporter Chris Kalra, however, so the season isn't over yet.
Still, this is a crushing blow to UCLA women's hoops, primarily because the team had looked like world-beaters heading into the match-up and largely played a more complete game after an awful start.
Selection day for the NCAA tournament is Monday.