ASU Women's Hoops Outlasts UCLA, 78-68

Jan. 18, 2001

The ASU women's basketball team posted a 78-68 win over UCLA thisevening in a Pac-10 game played in Pauley Pavilion. Junior forward CianCarvalho 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 22points to pace three Bruins in double figures.

ASU broke open a close game with a 12-0 run to take a 34-19 lead with3:44 remaining and enjoyed a 38-27 cushion at the half. The Bruins ralliedto narrow the gap to three at 48-45 with 12:56 to play on a layup by KristeePorter. The sophomore forward, who sat out 16 minutes of the first half withfoul trouble, finished with career-highs on the night in both points (13)and rebounds (14).

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

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

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

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