UT's Ariel Atkins gauds Missouri's Sophie Cunningham at the Frank Erwin Center Monday March 21, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Women’s preview: Texas vs. UCLA

Posted March 25th, 2016


When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Webster Bank Arena (10,000), Bridgeport, Conn.

Records: Texas, 30-4; UCLA, 26-8



Radio: 104.9, 1260

Note: Winner plays Connecticut or Mississippi State on Monday for a berth in the Final Four.

Probable starting lineups

24FAriel Atkins
34PImani BoyetteSr.6-711.59.0
1GEmpress DavenportSr.5-97.03.1
11GBrooke McCartySoph.5-411.72.7
2GCelina RodrigoSr.5-65.13.9
30FBreanna StewartSr.6-419.38.6
3FMorgan TuckSr.6-29.31.9
33GKatie SamuelsonJr.5-911.23.3
11GKia NurseSoph.6-09.31.9
4GMoriah JeffersonSr.5-712.72.6

ABOUT TEXAS: The second-seeded Longhorns advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season by defeating Missouri 73-55 Monday at the Erwin Center. Ariel Atkins led Texas in scoring, tying her career-high of 22 points. … The Horns have reached 30 victories in a season for the first time since 2003-04, when they earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. … Imani Boyette ranks 15th in the country with 2.97 blocks per game. … Freshman guard Lashann Higgs added 11 points in the victory over Mizzou, reaching double figures in scoring for the third consecutive game. … The Longhorns are 37-27 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (.578) and 12-4 when they are seeded second.

ABOUT UCLA: The third-seeded Bruins advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating South Florida 72-67 Monday at Pauley Pavilion. Guard Jordin Canada, who had scored two points through three quarters, erupted for 17 in the fourth to help the Bruins triumph. … Nirra Fields ranks No. 4 on UCLA’s career scoring list with 1,863 points. She is tied for sixth — with former All-America guard Ann Meyers — with 36 20-point games. … UCLA has four players who were named to McDonald’s All-America teams: forward Ashley Hearn (2015), Canada (2014), forward Lajahna Drummer (2014) and Fields (2012). … The Bruins rank 31st in the country (out of 344 NCAA Division I teams) in scoring offense, averaging 74.1 points per game. … UCLA is 13-12 (.520) all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

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