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How they match up: UCLA vs. Stetson

The Bruins open the NCAA women's basketball tournament Saturday against Stetson in Columbus, Ohio.

March 18, 2013|By Diane Pucin
  • UCLA's Jasmine Dixon dives for a loose ball as the Bruins took on Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference tournament championship game.
UCLA's Jasmine Dixon dives for a loose ball as the Bruins took on Stanford… (Elaine Thompson / Associated…)

No. 3 UCLA (25-7) vs. No. 14 Stetson (24-8)

Saturday, at Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 10:30 a.m. PDT (approximate).

How they got here: UCLA finished third in the Pac-12 Conference regular season and reached the final of the conference tournament to earn an at-large bid. Stetson earned an automatic bid by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3; Stetson 8-2.

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-6; Stetson 0-1.

Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated then-fifth-ranked California, 70-58, in the Pac-12 tournament last week; and Oklahoma, 86-80, in Norman earlier this season. But the Bruins also lost to Cal State Northridge, 77-72, at Pauley Pavilion in December. Stetson defeated Ball State, 78-66, but lost at Northern Kentucky, 73-68, on Feb. 16 and at Florida Gulf Coast, 74-55, on Jan. 26.

Common opponent: None.

UCLA lineup: Starters — F Atonye Nyingfa (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg), F Mariah Williams (3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg), F Alyssia Brewer (11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg), F Jasmine Dixon (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G Markel Walker (10.8 ppg, 5.4 apg). Top reserves — G Thea Lemberger (8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg), G Kari Korver (4.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg), G Nirra Fields (7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

Stetson lineup: Starters — F Sasha Sims (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), G Ashley Dennis (3.1 ppg, 1.0 rpg), G Victoria McGowan (16.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Shanasa Sanders (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg), G Jama Sharp (8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Top reserves — F Cherisse Burris (8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), G C.J. Coddington (3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg).

It's a fact: Stetson and UCLA have never played before.

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