ASU Outlasts UCLA In Women's Basketball

Jan. 18, 2001

The ASU women's basketball team posted a 78-68 win over UCLA this evening in a Pac-10 game played in Pauley Pavilion. Junior forward Cian Carvalho paced the Sun Devils, with a career-high 16 points. Michelle Greco, the conference's leading scorer at 19 points per game, topped UCLA with 22 points to pace three Bruins in double figures.

ASU broke open a close game with a 12-0 run to take a 34-19 lead with 3:44 remaining and enjoyed a 38-27 cushion at the half. The Bruins rallied to narrow the gap to three at 48-45 with 12:56 to play on a layup by Kristee Porter. The sophomore forward, who sat out 16 minutes of the first half with foul trouble, finished with career-highs on the night in both points (13) and rebounds (14). Freshman forward Whitney Jones tied her career-high with 11 points.

A Greco basket with 8:20 remaining gave UCLA its first lead since the early going, at 53-52. ASU answered back and managed to take a 63-57 lead with 6:08 remaining on a layin by Carvalho. A basket by UCLA's junior center Malika Leatham, with 3:47 on the clock, gave UCLA a 66-65 lead, but it would prove to be the Bruins' last advantage of the contest.

Arizona State sophomore guard Brett Leonard, who finished the night with a career-high 12 points, scored the next five points in the game and assisted on a three-pointer by junior guard Amanda Levens which gave the visitors a 73-66 margin with 2:18 to play. UCLA never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

The win improved ASU's records to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. It snapped a seven-game UCLA winning streak in the series and was ASU's first win at UCLA since 1992. UCLA fell to 2-13 overall and 1-3 in the conference. ASU will play at USC on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Bruins will host Arizona on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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