It marks the first game for the Tar Heels in the state of California since playing NCAA first and second round games in Santa Barbara in March of 2000. Carolina defeated Maine and Rice to advance to the Sweet 16, falling to Georgia in the West Regional semifinal in Portland, Ore.
Both clubs enter the contest with 1-1 records. North Carolina is coming off an 81-65 setback to No. 4 Tennessee on Monday night, while UCLA bounced back from a season opening loss to Nebraska by slipping past Pepperdine, 82-78, on Monday.
A balanced scoring attack has been key for the Tar Heels thus far in 2013-14. Carolina put six players in double figures in both exhibition wins, had three in the win over Air Force to tip off the season and against the Lady Vols four players scored 10 or more points.
Among the quartet against Tennessee, three players - Allisha Gray, Stephanie Mavunga and Xylina McDaniel - notched double-doubles. Mavunga has 10 plus points and rebounds in both games this season and ranks second in the ACC with 12.5 boards and leads the conference with 3.5 blocks per game.
Despite not starting in either game, Gray leads the club in scoring at 14.0 points per game. She had a team-leading 15 points against the Lady Vols.
Carolina leads the ACC by averaging 16.0 steals per contest, having forced 15 against Air Force in the season opener, before coming up with 17 takeaways against the Lady Vols. UNC ranked second nationally last year with 13.2 steals per game.
Freshmen Diamond DeShields and Gray lead the club with seven steals.
In other Carolina related news, head coach Sylvia Hatchell announced on Wednesday the signing of five-star point guard Jamie Cherry. Rated the ninth best guard in the class by ESPN, Cherry has averaged 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, scoring 2,245 career points in three seasons at West Craven High School.
Carolina will host two games next week at home against Coastal Carolina on Thursday at 6 p.m., and Coppin State on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games are available on GoHeelsTV.