Paradise Island, Bahamas – UCLA Women’s Basketball (3-0) will compete in the three-day, three-game Battle 4 Atlantis tournament November 19-21 in the Bahamas.
The Bruins will face a team they saw twice last season, South Dakota State, in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, November 19, on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Surrendering UCLA losses at the Gulf Coast Showcase (66-76, Nov. 27, 2021) and semifinals of the WNIT (59-62, Mar. 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 straight wins. UCLA is on a three-game winning streak en route to the tournament in the Bahamas.
Game 1 Information (vs. South Dakota State, Nov. 19)
Venue: Imperial Arena
Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Tip-off time: 2:30pm EST / 11:30am 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 of the tournament, the Bruins take on the winners Tennessee/Rutgers on Sunday, November 20 at 12pm EST / 9am PST.
If UCLA loses in the first round of play, they will play their second game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 p.m. PST against the loser Tennessee/Rutgers. All second round matches will be shown on FloHoops.
Potential encounter: #11/12 Tennessee (1-2)
The Lady Volunteers faced two top-15 teams in their first three games early in the 2022-23 season, losing games to No. 8-10 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio and No. 12-9 on opening night from Indiana Knoxville, Tennessee on November 14. Tennessee’s only win of the preseason came against UMass.
Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson leads the team in scores (16.7 ppg) as part of a quartet of Lady Vols averaging double digits. Jackson, a senior, had a 30-point, 11-rebound double-double against UMass on Nov. 10.
Possible matchup: Rutgers (3-1)
The Scarlet Knights go 3-1 into Battle 4 Atlantis, winning their last two games against NJIT and North Carolina Central. Rutger’s only loss of the preseason came to Seton Hall on Friday, November 11 in Piscataway, NJ, on the Big 10 New Jersey campus. Senior Awa Sidibe leads the Scarlet Knights with 14.5 ppg and is one of only three players on the team to average over seven rebounds per game.
Game 3 information (Monday, Nov 21)
The championship game will be played on Monday, November 21 at 12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST and will be broadcast on ESPN. The third place match will be broadcast on ESPNU on November 21 at 2:30pm EST / 11:30am PST.
The fight for fifth place will be broadcast Monday at 5pm EST / 2pm PST on FloHoops. The seventh place match will be broadcast on FloHoops on November 21 at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST.
Possible encounters: #3/5 Texas, #6/4 Louisville, RV/RV Gonzaga, Marquette
In the final round of 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 final matchup against then-No. 5/6 Connecticut in a close game that ended in an 83-76 win for the Huskies. The Longhorns have two players who score 15 points or more per game early in the season: junior forward Taylor Jones (15.5 ppg) from the bench and graduate guard Sonya Morris (15 ppg).
Louisville was led to a 3-0 start behind junior Hailey Van Lith’s 21.7 ppg. The Cardinals defeated Cincinnati, IUPUI, and went head-to-head with Belmont (W, 75-70) on Nov. 13 on the road.
Gonzaga (3-0) faced Long Beach State, southern Utah and Wyoming in his first three games and came out on November 15 with a 66-64 win over the Cowgirls and Rebound (6.7 rpg). Senior guard Kayleigh Truong (12.7 ppg) and graduate guard Brynna Maxwell (10 ppg) add a double-digit score to Gonzaga.
Marquette started the season 3-0 with wins over Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross and Milwaukee. The Golden Flashes are led so far by starters Liza Karlen (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Chloe Marotta (14.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg).