COLUMBUS, Ohio -- UCLA redshirt senior forward Alyssia Brewer was the happiest of all the happy Bruins when the third-seeded women's basketball team was sent to play their first two NCAA tournament games at St. John Arena.
After defeating Stetson, 66-49, on Saturday in the first round, UCLA will play sixth-seeded Oklahoma at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time Monday.
On Friday, when UCLA had its first practice here Brewer, who is UCLA's second-leading scorer (11. 1 points per game) and leading rebounder (7.8 per game), missed most of the session. She drove two and a half hours south to Cincinnati to visit her cousin, Keiyana Cheatham, 18, who lives in Oklahoma but is in a Cincinnati hospital being treated for HLH, a rare blood disorder.
"She's been sick since November and came to Cincinnati because that's where they know how to treat what she has," Brewer said. "When she got sick hers was only the fifth case ever documented in the state of Oklahoma," Brewer said.