The visitor’s locker room door opened slowly, as if the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats were decompressing a bit after a nerve-jangling game at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night.
UCLA blasted three homers to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Wildcats with a 12-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
UA's Brigette Del Ponte, flipping the ball to Chelsea Suitos in a game last week, says the final nine games are "gonna make or break us."
The Arizona Wildcats had a bad week.
Arizona's Mandie Perez makes a running catch in left field during the sixth inning, one of the Wildcats' bright spots on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
When UA pitchers have had tremendous trouble keeping the ball in the park this season, coach Mike Candrea's refrain remained the same: The Arizona Wildcats can't catch the ball if it lands on the other side of the fence.
UA center Kaleb Tarczewski finished with 13 rebounds, but the freshman found it tough to score against the Wear twins - Travis, center, and David - finishing with six points. Tarczewski fouled out near the final minute.
Mark Lyons, left, huddles with (from left) Kaleb Tarczewski, Solomon Hill, Brandon Ashley and Nick Johnson as the Wildcats try to figure out a way to stop UCLA's second-half momentum. UA saw an 11-point lead disappear midway through the half.
LAS VEGAS - The Arizona Wildcats were almost their early-season selves once again Friday.
UCLA freshman Jordan Adams guards Arizona's Solomon Hill in the second half. In the final moments of the game, Adams broke his foot while trying to cover Hill.
LAS VEGAS - Jordan Adams limped from the X-ray room to his locker.
LOS ANGELES - The day after Larry Drew II and Brandon Jennings played in the 2007 Cactus Classic at McKale Center, they each met with Lute Olson.
Arizona will try to avenge its 84-73 "white-out" loss to UCLA on Jan. 24 when the two teams meet tonight at Pauley Pavilion.
LOS ANGELES - When the Pac-12 basketball schedule surfaced this season, March 2 was always the date that stuck out.
The Pauley Pavilion renovations included a new floor. The old one had "no life to it" guard Larry Drew II said. The new one "is alive," he added.
An 8-foot bronze statue of UCLA coaching great John Wooden now stands in front of the refurbished Pauley Pavilion.
LOS ANGELES - Renovating one of the most historic arenas in college basketball required attention to the smallest detail, a way to usher in change without altering the soul of Pauley Pavilion.
Travis Wear didn't play the second half Thursday night, resigned to cheering from the bench and taking concussion tests after being whacked by a stray elbow from one of the Arizona Wildcats.