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UCLA tries to keep early NCAA tournament exit in perspective

UCLA knew this season was going to be difficult. Before their first game, the Bruins had players suing the federal government and others opting out during a pandemic. The eight players who did participate couldn’t use their locker room or share team meals.

With the odd circumstances, players and coaches agreed to base their season on the word “perspective.” The tears flowing after Wednesday’s loss to Texas made it difficult to find that view immediately.

“Right now it really stings so much,” coach Cori Close said fighting through tears after UCLA’s season ended in a 71-62 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.