Women’s Basketball Announces Complete Non-Conference Schedule
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Women's Basketball program has announced its non-conference home schedule for the 2021-22 season, completing its full slate of non-conference games. The schedule includes marquee matchups against strong opponents traveling to Pauley Pavilion from around the country.
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"I am so excited about our non-conference schedule," said the Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Basketball Coach Cori Close. "Our schedule includes marquee matchups both at home and on the road for our fans to see this group be tested and refined. The objective of this non-conference period is two-fold – to build championship level habits and to come together as a synergistic unit, not just as a very good group of individuals. Our fans are really going to love this team – hard-working, enthusiastic, tough, and incredibly skilled."
November Home Matchups
The Bruins open their 2021-22 season with a matchup against local foe, Pepperdine, on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The Bruins and Waves meet for the first time since 2013 with UCLA owning a commanding 16-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Bruins then welcome CSUN to Pauley on Thursday, Nov. 18. The Matadors were forced to forfeit their 2020-21 season after several student-athletes opted out due to COVID-19 concerns. UCLA's last home matchup in November takes place on Saturday, Nov. 21, as the Bruins take on Virginia. UCLA earned a victory over Virginia in the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville back in Dec. 2019, with Michaela Onyenwere notching 27 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
December Home Matchups
UCLA opens its December home schedule with a matchup against San José State on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Bruins scored a school-record 129 points in a victory over the Spartans in the most recent matchup between the programs on Nov. 10, 2017. The Bruins then take on Texas Southern on Thursday, Dec. 16, the first-ever matchup between the programs. Ohio State is headed to Pauley on Sunday, Dec. 19, the first game between the teams since 2004. The Buckeyes made their last trip to Pauley Pavilion in Dec. 2003, suffering a 71-56 defeat to UCLA. The Bruins' final non-conference home contest is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 21 against Cal State Bakersfield. The Bruins are undefeated in three previous meetings against the Roadrunners.
Pauley Pavilion Dominance
The Bruins have shown perennial dominance playing at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Coach Close has guided the program to a 79-11 home record since the 2015-16 season, including an 8-2 campaign last year. The Bruins won at least 15 home games in each of the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 seasons and owned a 32-game home winning streak from Dec. 5, 2015 – Nov. 18, 2017.
Additional 2021-22 Non-Conference Matchups
UCLA previously announced marquee non-conference matchups away from Los Angeles. The Bruins are set to compete in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., from Nov. 26-28 following the Thanksgiving holiday. 2021 NCAA Tournament participants Iowa State and South Dakota State are among the Bruins' seven tournament opponents. More information on the Gulf Coast Showcase can be found here.
The Bruins are also scheduled to take on UConn at the Never Forget Tribute Classic presented by United Rentals in Newark, NJ. The high-profile non-conference game will air on ABC on Saturday, Dec. 11, with tip-off scheduled for 10:00am PT. More information on the Never Forget Tribute Classic can be found here.
2021 UCLA Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 10 vs. Pepperdine (Pauley Pavilion)
Nov. 18 vs. CSUN (Pauley Pavilion)
Nov. 21 vs. Virginia (Pauley Pavilion)
Nov. 26-28 at Gulf Coast Showcase (Estero, Fla.)
Dec. 5 vs. San José State (Pauley Pavilion)
Dec. 11 vs. UConn at Never Forget Tribute Classic (Newark, NJ)
Dec. 16 vs. Texas Southern (Pauley Pavilion)
Dec. 19 vs. Ohio State (Pauley Pavilion)
Dec. 21 vs. Cal State Bakersfield (Pauley Pavilion)