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Winter 2017 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

All-American point guard Jordin Canada. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Women’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Washington

For the first time since 2000, UCLA was voted first in the Pac-12 women’s basketball preseason media poll. Much of the buzz around Head Coach Cori Close’s squad comes from her stellar junior class, which includes guards Jordin Canada and Kelli Hayes and forwards Lajahna Drummer and Monique Billings — all part of the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class two years ago. How far the Bruins go this year depends a lot on Canada. As the team’s point guard and a returning All-American, she controls the flow offensively; last season she led UCLA in scoring (16.1 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). The 2016 team went to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999, and this year’s edition has designs on winning the league and advancing even further. With that in mind, UCLA women’s basketball is expected to be one of the hottest tickets in town.

FEB. 17 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); free for children 2 and under; free for students with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon

It sounds cliché, but it’s fair to say that Head Coach Steve Alford’s UCLA men’s basketball team is looking to rebound this year, not only on the court but in the standings as well. The squad was picked to finish third in the annual Pac-12 media day poll and was ranked 20th in USA Today’s preseason ranking. UCLA fans are familiar with the returners: senior Bryce Alford, sophomore Aaron Holiday and junior Thomas Welsh. But all eyes will be on the newcomer — freshman Lonzo Ball from state champion Chino Hills High School. Ball is a 6’6” do-everything point guard, rated anywhere from the 4th- to the 7th-best high school player in the nation by the recruiting services, not to mention being named National Player of the Year by USA Today. Whether or not the Bruins return to national prominence will depend a lot on how Ball bounces.

Doubles All-American Martin Redlicki. Photo by Scott Chandler.

FEB. 9 / THURS / 7 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men’s Tennis: UCLA vs. Stanford

UCLA’s men’s tennis team won the Pac-12 in 2016 and were second-ranked in the NCAA tournament when they fell to Oklahoma in the NCAA quarterfinals. The anchor of that team — NCAA singles champ Mackenzie McDonald, the ITA Player of the Year — decided to forgo his senior season and turn professional. But his NCAA champion doubles partner, Martin Redlicki (who also plays singles), is back. So are key 2016 contributors Joseph DiGiulio, Austin Rapp, Maxime Cressy and Gage Brymer.

FEB. 25 / SAT / 1 P.M. Location: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts, UCLA. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

All-American Christine Peng-Peng Lee. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Gymnastics: UCLA vs. Cal

In 2016, UCLA women’s gymnastics won the Pac-12 title for the 17th time (their first since 2012), while finishing fifth at the NCAA championships. UCLA returns All-Americans Angi Cipra and Christine Peng-Peng Lee, along with Pac-12 uneven bars champion JaNay Honest. Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field also welcomes an outstanding freshman class that includes the first two Olympic gold medalists ever to compete in NCAA gymnastics: Kyla Ross (2012 team gold) and Madison Kocian (2016 team gold, uneven bars silver).

MAR. 5 / SUN / 2 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Baseball: UCLA vs. Arizona

Despite missing the playoffs last year, the Bruins put up their 11th consecutive 25+ win season. There were some highlights that the team hopes to build on this season, including pitcher Kyle Molnar’s being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. It was the second consecutive year a Bruin earned the honor, as pitcher Griffin Canning earned the honor in 2015. Molnar and Canning will anchor Head Coach John Savage’s pitching staff this season. The Bruins will also count heavily on their highly rated recruiting class, which includes three players who were drafted by Major League Baseball: infielder Ryan Kreidler, outfielder Jeremy Ydens and first baseman and outfielder Michael Toglia.

MAR. 17 – 19 / FRI – SUN / TIMES TBA. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets: $12 All-Bruin Dugout Club; $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under are free. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Softball: UCLA vs. Oregon

In 2016, the UCLA softball team advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the 26th time. Back from that squad is NFCA All-American Delaney Spaulding, who earned the honor for the second time. Also back to lead the Bruins as they seek their first national title since 2010 are Rachel Garcia, Paige Halstead and Madeline Jelenicki — all of whom (along with Spaulding) were invited to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp. Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez and her staff were named the NFCA West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight time.

APR. 7 – 9 / FRI – SUN / TIMES TBA. Location: Easton Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: