Jordin Canada was 0-for-5 going into halftime. She finished the game leading UCLA with 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Many of those points came from crucial baskets down the stretch to defeat Texas 84-75 and advance to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1999.
Monique Billings got the Bruins going from the jump had a dominant performance herself finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. This senior-driven due in Canada and Billings have never advanced past the Sweet Sixteen. Kennedy Burke stepped up big time adding 15 points. The Bruins jumped out ahead 19-10 after the first quarter and maintained control for the majority of the game.
How's that for a finish from UCLA's Jordin Canada? pic.twitter.com/etwmzFTDdu
— Ben Dull (@splitthepost) March 24, 2018
In true UCLA fashion, they were able to use their pace of game to turn Texas over 21 times and converted that to 31 points off their turnovers. This was the major difference of the game and they converted many of those turnovers to easy baskets.
They finished the game with 17 fast break points. They out rebounded the Longhorns as well. Any time Texas tried to make a run, UCLA was able to respond. Texas was lead by senior Ariel Atkins with 20 points and seven rebounds.
UCLA will face top-seeded Mississippi State on Sunday for a chance at their first Final Four. The Bulldogs are coming off a 71-57 victory of NC State and have a 35-1 record with their lone loss coming to last years National Champion South Carolina.
Mississippi State is a senior dominant roster lead by Victoria Vivians at 19.5 points per game and 6-foot-7 Tearia McCowan who averages 18 points and over 13 rebounds a game.