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How UCLA and Gonzaga women match up in NCAA tournament second-round game

The Bruins will have to slow down Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot and prevent the Bulldogs' frontcourt players from getting second opportunities on missed shots.

March 20, 2011|By Gary Klein
  • Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot drives down the lane against Iowa's Kachine Alexander before making a pass on Saturday.
Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot drives down the lane against Iowa's… (Elaine Thompson / Associated…)

A look at UCLA's second-round NCAA tournament game against Gonzaga on Monday.

Gonzaga; Ht; Stats; P; UCLA; Ht; Stats

Kayla Standish; 6-2; 17.0 ppg; F; Jasmine Dixon; 6-0; 11.9 ppg

Kelly Bowen; 6-0; 5.0 rpg; F; Markel Walker; 6-1; 8.5 ppg

Janelle Bekkering; 6-0; 11.3 ppg; F; Atonye Nyingifa; 5-11; 8.9 ppg

Courtney Vandersloot; 5-8; 19.1 ppg; G; Darxia Morris; 5-8; 12.0 ppg

Katelon Redmon;6-1 ; 17.0 ppg; G; Doreena Campbell; 5-10; 9.3 ppg

RESERVES

Claire Rapp; 5-11; 5.9 ppg; F/G; Rebekah Gardner; 6-1; 7.7 ppg

Shannon Reader; 6-2; 2.4 ppg; F; Christina Nzekwe; 6-4; 2.5 rpg

Jazmine Redmon; 5-9; 2.8 ppg; G; Mariah Williams; 5-4; 1.5 ppg

SCOUTING REPORT: UCLA has built its success on rattling teams with full-court pressure. But unnerving Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot, the NCAA's assists leader, will be difficult. So the Bruins must take advantage of the rare times the ball is in other players' hands. Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring at 86.2 points a game. UCLA gives up 54.3. Coach Kelly Graves and Vandersloot will attempt to impose an up-tempo pace on the Bruins.

KEY TO THE GAME: UCLA must slow down Vandersloot and prevent forward Kayla Standish and other Gonzaga frontcourt players from getting second opportunities on missed shots. Gonzaga needs to limit turnovers and allow its loud home crowd to affect the Bruins.

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