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No. 3 UCLA women's fast pace is enough against No. 14 Hawaii in NCAA opener

No. 3 UCLA women's fast pace is enough against No. 14 Hawaii in NCAA opener

Third-seeded UCLA overcame a modest offense against 14th-seeded Hawaii, easily winning its opener, 66-50, Saturday in an NCAA women's basketball tournament game at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins (25-8) got 16 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Nirra Fields and 15 points on six-for-seven shooting from freshman guard Kennedy Burke. As one of the top four seeds in the Bridgeport Regional, the Bruins secured a home venue for the first two rounds and improved to 14-1 at Pauley this season.

"I was very pleased with how Nirra Fields and Kennedy Burke played," Coach Cori Close said. "I thought they played very confident, very aggressive, rebounded the ball...

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