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Nikki Caldwell cultivates success

Once thought of as an also-ran, UCLA is building something dynamic in Westwood

Updated: January 20, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA's Darxia Morris knew right away. Words she'd known before suddenly carried more meaning. She was intimidated, intrigued.

Oh, and motivated.

In just a few moments, Morris had heard enough; she wanted to lace up her shoes, right there on the spot. Three years later and she can still recall Nikki Caldwell's introductory news conference.

"The way she was talking, I was ready," Morris said. "I knew it was going to be a whole new start."

With belief ...

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