Coach Nikki Caldwell's frustration was evident when UCLA dropped its first game last week. Her calm demeanor was too.
The Bruins (12-1, 2-0) have that sort of effect. Their two-point loss to Louisiana State was more their doing. UCLA, ranked No. 9 in last week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, responded with a pair of wins -- at Washington and Washington State -- to open Pac-10 play.
Friday, Dec. 31: UCLA 60, Washington 48
UCLA trailed by eight points early in the second half before taking the lead with 12 minutes remaining and pulling away late. Rebekah Gardner had a team-high 15 point off the bench.
Sunday, Jan. 2: UCLA 80, Washington State 55
Doreena Campbell, Darxia Morris and Jasmine Dixoneach had 12 points to lead UCLA offensively. The Bruins' high-pressure defense forced 26 turnovers.
Up next:UCLA faces crosstown rival USC (10-3, 2-0), winners of six straight, at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Caldwell is 3-2 against the Women of Troy since taking over in Westwood. Tip-off is at 1:30 p.m. PT.