Tukiainen finds a home with Bruins
Finland native fits in at UCLA, hopes Bruins can find way into Sweet 16
MINNEAPOLIS -- UCLA's Erica Tukiainen was once the sort-of shy, slightly "chubby" kid whose mother gently pushed her into basketball to help her come out of her shell and improve her fitness.
She was once a stranger in a strange land: A 12-year-old from Finland navigating greater Los Angeles -- which seemed to her almost like a new planet -- and looking after her mom and little brother, all of them learning English.
She was once the teenager who sprouted ...
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