Loom Cordoned Off at UCLA: The ‘Loomed’ Story Continues
UCLA basketball player Shavon Shields, left, and teammate Nick Kroll discuss the team’s win over UCLA in the NCAA tournament.
They have been dubbed the “Loomeds.”
The story of the Loomeds goes back to the 2016-17 season, when UCLA was ranked No. 2 in the nation and had a solid foundation of talent, according to senior guard Shavo Shields.
Shields has since gone on to play in six NBA games and has been named to the All-NBA First Team four times.
During the 2017-18 season, Shields started all 25 games for the Bruins, averaging 18.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
During the NCAA Tournament, he was named second-team All-Big East.
Shields is also the team captain and is considered one of the best rebounders in the Big East.
The UCLA women’s basketball team was a perennial top-25 team in the country heading into the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins finished with a record of 26-5 and won the national title.
The team was led by star forward Shavontae Henton, who averaged 21.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in her career.
The Bruins lost the first round to the No. 11 seed Indiana in the championship game.
The rematch was played in a best-of-three series that UCLA won in five games, 104-84.
The 2017-2018 season was a turning point for the team.
UCLA went from a No. 22 seed to a No, 10 seed.
The women’s team finished the regular season ranked No, 18.
UCLA finished with an 8-5 record in its first season in the conference.
During this season, UCLA was able to add the services of its most recent NCAA Tournament champion, sophomore guard Kavani Hamilton.
Hamilton, who was the team MVP, had a breakout season in 2017-19, averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 assists.
She led the Bruins to the Pac-12 Championship, where they lost to Stanford in the Elite Eight.
Hamilton was the Pac 12 Freshman of the Year and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top player.
Hamilton was a key player for the UCLA women, who reached the NCAA Final Four.
UCLA won the 2017 NIT Tournament title, defeating No. 5 seed Georgetown, 115-107, in the semifinals.
The game was played at UCLA’s new campus in Los Angeles.
Hamilton’s play helped the Bruins advance to the Elite 8.
The tournament champion UCLA women were eliminated in the first two rounds by No. 14 seed Duke.
Hamilton led UCLA to the Sweet 16, but fell in the Final Four against No. 17 seed Florida State.