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Winter 2018 Happenings


Published Jan 1, 2018 8:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Gymnastics: UCLA vs. Utah

The women’s gymnastics team is coming off a hot season after making it to the Super Six last year and performing strongly in both the uneven bars and balance beam. A showdown with Utah — who also made it to the Super Six last year — is sure to be exciting as UCLA returns five All-Americans from last year’s fourth-place squad. Returning are reigning NCAA bars and beam champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross, 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist Madison Kocian, 2017 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year Christine Peng-Peng Lee, and former U.S. National Team members Katelyn Ohashi and Felicia Hano. Among the newcomers to the squad are four-time U.S. National Team member Nia Dennis and German Olympic alternate Pauline Tratz.

FEB. 18 / SUN / 5 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Women's Basketball: UCLA vs. Stanford

Unlike the men’s team, UCLA women’s basketball has continuity on its side. Three of the team’s top scorers from last season return, including senior guard Jordin Canada and senior forward Monique Billings, who were both selected in August to represent Team USA in the U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, ultimately helping to lead Team USA to victory. Last season was the first time the women’s team had made back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Picked by league media to win the Pac-12 title, the Bruins — whose roster includes eight returning juniors and seniors, as well as new faces such as guard Chantel Horvat and wing Kayla Owens — could very well make a third trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2018.

Junior Aaron Holiday. Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

JAN. 21 / SUN / 3 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under free; UCLA students free with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Oregon

This won’t be the first time these two teams face down this season — UCLA will play Oregon on the Ducks’ home turf on Jan. 20. Both teams are experiencing losses this season; Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf left UCLA for the NBA and Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton graduated, leaving the Bruins without some of their firepower from last year. Oregon has lost seven top players, including heavy hitters Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey. UCLA, however, hopes to make up for the team’s losses with a freshman class that includes two McDonald’s All-Americans, Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes. The Bruins also return seniors Thomas Welsh and Gyorgy “G.G.” Goloman, junior Aaron Holiday and sophomores Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski, who both took redshirt years in 2016-2017.

FEB. 17 / SAT / 7:15 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic

The 2017 UCLA baseball team made great strides last season, finishing third in the Pac- 12 standings and making its second NCAA Regional appearance in the last three seasons. Starting pitchers Jon Olsen and Jake Bird return for another year in Westwood, as do last year’s offensive leaders Daniel Amaral and Michael Toglia. The Bruins will host college baseball powerhouses Vanderbilt on Friday (6 p.m.) and TCU on Saturday (2 p.m.) at Jackie Robinson Stadium before taking on crosstown rival USC at Dodger Stadium on Sunday in a game that has been decided by two runs or less in three of the last four seasons. Tickets for Sunday start at $10 and are good for the doubleheader (Vanderbilt- TCU and UCLA-USC) at Dodger Stadium.

MAR. 9-11 / FRI - SUN / VARIOUS TIMES. Location: Jackie Robinson Stadium and Dodger Stadium. Tickets: Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web:

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics.