Bruins announce Big 10 schedule for conference debut

UCLA women’s basketball has announced their home and away Big 10 conference opponents for the 2024-2025 season. The Bruins will enter the Big 10 after back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the Pac-12.

The Bruins will host Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State at Pauley Pavilion. These are the same conference rivals that crosstown foe USC will host, meaning each of these schools will likely come to Los Angeles for a two-game road trip.

UCLA will then hit the road and face Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers, Washington and Wisconsin. The only team they have never faced is Wisconsin. They are, of course, familiar with Oregon and Washington having played the two schools in the Pac-12 for years.

UCLA will also face USC at home and on the road. Since the two teams both made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, these could easily be the two most anticipated games of next season. Even in a new conference, USC could still very easily be the Bruins’ toughest opponent and biggest challenger to win the conference, as they won the Pac-12 Tournament last season and reached the Elite Eight.

The Bruins will enter the Big 10 behind the duo of Lauren Betts and Kiki Rice, both of whom made the All-Pac-12 Team last year. However, they will have to make do without Charisma Osborned, who entered the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.

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