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November 14, 2012

Topping Bruins now could pay off big later



Senior guard and team captain Whitney Hand understands UCLA may offer a unique opportunity.

“Big-name schools are always fun to beat,” she said. “It gives you an opportunity to set a standard and make a statement.”

It would seem so, for the unranked Bruins may be very undervalued.

In getting Walker (6-1), Dixon (6-3) and Brewer (6-3) on the floor, UCLA has an abundance of size. Also, Walker led the Pac-12 with 11 rebounds per game before getting hurt last season, Dixon was an honorable mention All-American and a first-team all-conference performer two seasons ago, and Brewer, a Sapulpa grad, averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in three seasons on some terrific Tennessee teams.

“I know they’re very capable players. I think what UCLA is going through right now is figuring out their own identity with all these new parts,” Coale said. “Down the stretch, that’s just going to get better and better and better for them. It’s probably fortunate for us to get them while they’re still trying to figure things out.”

Might as well make the most of it.

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