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Kari Korver is UCLA's spiritual leader

Kari Korver is UCLA's spiritual leader

UCLA opens play in the NCAA tournament Saturday with the goal of extending its season, and the career of Kari Korver.

Korver isn’t the Bruins’ best player, but she leads the team in motivation.

“Shoot, I want to coach for Kari,” Bruins Coach Cori Close said after practice this week. “Kari has served the individuals in this program, she has served the mission of this program and she has sacrificially loved the people in this program.”

Said teammate Jordin Canada: “Everything that Kari does behind the scenes is just unbelievable … she just cares about this team so much and is really the face of UCLA.”

Korver, a member of Close’s first recruiting class at UCLA in...