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Defense and rebounding will be UCLA's focus in NCAA second-round game against Texas A&M

Defense and rebounding will be UCLA's focus in NCAA second-round game against Texas A&M

Nicole Kornet knocked down a three-pointer to open a 20-point UCLA lead before Boise State missed a couple of shots and called a timeout.

It was late in the third quarter of an NCAA tournament opener Saturday and the Bruins were in a comfortable spot. Their coach, however, wasn’t comfortable at all.

During the timeout, Cori Close met Monique Billings near mid-court and delivered an earful. Close caught Billings jogging, not sprinting, on transition defense.

A day after the fourth-seeded Bruins (24-8) routed 13th-seeded Boise State, 83-56, to advance to the second round of the 64-team tournament, Close was adamant that she would hold her team accountable every play...

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