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March 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
SEATTLE -- There was no explaining it. UCLA just enjoyed it. The Bruins overwhelmed fifth-ranked California, 70-58, in the Pac-12 women's tournament semifinals Saturday night. They were so dominant that the only real competition the crowd at KeyArena saw was at halftime, when they were entertained by dogs racing to retrieve tennis balls. The victory put the No. 14 Bruins (25-6) in the conference tournament final for the third time in four seasons. UCLA lost to Stanford in 2010 and 2011.
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March 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - This ended as it always seems to end, with UCLA watching Stanford players celebrate. That rite of March continued Sunday, with the fourth-ranked Cardinal rallying behind guard Amber Orrange to pull out a 51-49 victory in the Pac-12 women's tournament championship game at KeyArena. Stanford cut down the nets. UCLA wondered what might have been. "This hurts right now," Bruins Coach Cori Close said. "My heart hurts for our seniors. I felt they gave so much of themselves out there today.
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March 8, 2013
AT WASHINGTON STATE When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Friel Court, Pullman, Wash. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 14-16, 9-8; Washington State 12-18, 3-14. Update: USC's chance of earning a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 tournament ended with a 65-57 loss at Washington on Wednesday. The Trojans are now tied for sixth place with Washington and Arizona State. USC defeated Washington State, 72-68, at the Galen Center on Feb. 7. Before Wednesday, the regular-season finale against the last-place Cougars appeared to be a probable win for the Trojans.
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March 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
  What did you expect from California versus Stanford… a pillow fight? These Bay Area rivals are accustomed to having things/players/musical instruments spill onto fields of play going back to 1982 and “The Play” that led to a shouting football exclamation, “The band is on the field!” So, it wasn't a huge surprise a “skirmish” broke out between the basketball teams Wednesday night near the end of Stanford's 83-70 upset win at Haas Pavilion. With ex-hippie Bill Walton calling the action on television in Berkeley,  the scuffle broke out with 5:04 left, when Cal's Allen Crabbe and Stanford's Aaron Bright wrestled for a loose ball.
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March 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Thuds don't come much louder than this. UCLA spent weeks restoring its image, climbing back to the top of the Pac-12 Conference, getting back into the rankings. One rainy night in Pullman put a dent in that. Washington State's 73-61 victory in a near-empty Beasley Coliseum was so surgically thorough that UCLA Coach Ben Howland spent nearly a half-hour sorting things out before meeting with the media. “Whether it was not being able to handle success, I was sitting there trying to figure it out after the game,” Howland said.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster
It was February 1993, the last time the UCLA men's basketball team traveled to Pullman, Wash., and came away with anything other than a win. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins' leading scorer this season, was nine months from being born. Kyle Anderson, a freshman who is UCLA's leading rebounder, was born seven months after that loss. "Wow," said Jordan Adams, who was born 17 months after the 67-56 loss. "That's a long time ago. " There have been 19 games since, and UCLA has won every one of them.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA Coach Ben Howland, resigned to freshman Shabazz Muhammad's leaving for the NBA after this, his first season of college basketball, would like to see a change in how the NBA handles drafting players. "I would prefer the kids could go right after high school, but once they are in college, they have to stay three years, or two," Howland said. The chance of that change being implemented? Howland knows it's the same as a snowball's in a warm place. "I don't see it happening," he lamented.
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