Bruins to Play Three Games at Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament
Paradise Island, the Bahamas – UCLA Women's Basketball (3-0) will compete in the three-game, three-day Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas from Nov. 19-21.
The Bruins match up against a team it saw twice last season, South Dakota State, in the first round of the tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Jackrabbits got the better of the Bruins in both meetings last year, handing UCLA losses in the Gulf Coast Showcase (66-76, Nov. 27, 2021) and the semifinals of the WNIT (59-62, March 31, 2022) to end the Bruins' 2022 postseason run. South Dakota State dropped its first game of the season against then-No. 21/21 Creighton but has bounced back with two-consecutive wins. UCLA is riding a three-game win streak heading into the Bahamian tourney.
Game 1 Information (vs. South Dakota State, Nov. 19)
Venue: Imperial Arena
Location: Paradise Island, the Bahamas
Tip-off Time: 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST
TV Talent: Jill Painter Lopez, Isis Young, Dani Wexelman
Radio Talent: Dave Marcus (play-by-play)
Game 2 Information (Sunday, Nov. 20 vs. No. 11/12 Tennessee OR Rutgers)
With a win in the first game in the tournament, the Bruins will move on to face the winner of Tennessee/Rutgers at noon EST / 9 a.m. PST on Sunday, Nov. 20.
If UCLA loses in the first round of games, it will play its second game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST against the loser of Tennessee/Rutgers. All second-round games will be shown on FloHoops.
Potential Matchup: No. 11/12 Tennessee (1-2)
The Lady Volunteers have faced two top-15 teams in the first three games to begin the 2022-23 season, dropping games against No. 8/10 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on opening night and versus No. 12/9 Indiana in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 14. Tennessee's sole win of the early season came against UMass.
Tennessee's Rickea Jackson leads the team in scoring (16.7 ppg) as part of a quartet of Lady Vols averaging double figures. Jackson, a senior, had a 30-point, 11-rebound double-double against UMass on Nov. 10.
Potential Matchup: Rutgers (3-1)
The Scarlet Knights sit at 3-1 going into the Battle 4 Atlantis, winning their last two games against NJIT and North Carolina Central. Rutgers' sole loss of the early season came against Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 11, in Piscataway, N.J., on New Jersey's Big 10 campus. Senior Awa Sidibe leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring (14.5 ppg) and is one of three players on the team averaging over seven rebounds per game.
Game 3 Information (Monday, Nov. 21)
The championship game will be played at noon EST / 9 a.m. PST on Monday, Nov. 21, and will be broadcast on ESPN. The third-place game will be broadcast on ESPNU on Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m. PST.
The battle for fifth place will be at 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST on Monday, broadcast to FloHoops. The seventh-place game will be shown on FloHoops at 7:30 p.m. EST / 4:30 p.m. PST on Nov. 21.
Potential Matchups: No. 3/5 Texas, No. 6/4 Louisville, RV/RV Gonzaga, Marquette
In the final round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Bruins will face off against one of the following teams: No. 3/5 Texas, No. 6/4 Louisville, Gonzaga or Marquette.
Texas (1-1) dropped its last matchup against then-No. 5/6 Connecticut in a close game that ended with the Huskies winning 83-76. The Longhorns have two players scoring 15 points or more per game in the early season: junior forward Taylor Jones (15.5 ppg) off the bench and graduate guard Sonya Morris (15 ppg).
Louisville has been led to a 3-0 start behind junior Hailey Van Lith's 21.7 ppg. The Cardinals have taken down Cincinnati, IUPUI, and had a close battle with Belmont (W, 75-70) on the road on Nov. 13.
Gonzaga (3-0) has faced Long Beach State, Southern Utah and Wyoming in its first three games, coming out with a 66-64 victory over the Cowgirls on Nov. 15. Junior forward Yvonne Ejim leads the Zags in scoring (21.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). Senior guard Kayleigh Truong (12.7 ppg) and graduate guard Brynna Maxwell (10 ppg) add double digit scoring for Gonzaga.
Marquette has started its season 3-0, racking up wins against Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross and Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles are led by starters Liza Karlen (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Chloe Marotta (14.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg) so far.