Arizona State Clips Cougars 74-72
Feb. 8, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Melody Johnson's lay-in with 5.7 seconds remaining gave the No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils a 74-72 victory over Washington State Thursday night at Friel Court.
Down 72-71 and behind for the past four minutes, Johnson's bucket gave the Sun Devils a 73-72 advantage. After a WSU turnover, Betsy Boardman was fouled and made good on a free throw to provide the final margin of victory. A Katie Nyseth three-point try caught iron at the buzzer and Arizona State escaped with the win.
The win was the Sun Devil's (16-6, 8-2) seventh in a row. It was the first time the squad has won seven consecutive conference games. The Cougars fell to 8-12 overall and 3-7 in the Pac-10.
Johnson ended the game with 19 points, heading a list of three Sun Devils that scored in double figures. Boardman and Amanda Levens each added 18 points for ASU.
The game was a battle of runs throughout. ASU opened the game by blitzing the Cougars with an 11-2 run in the opening 3:47 of the contest. WSU gradually eroded the Sun Devils' advantage with a 14-5 run and eventually tied the contest at 26 at the 4:56 mark of the first half.
The teams exchanged two more ties and with the game tied at 29 with 1:28 to play in the first half, WSU outscored ASU 7-3 the rest of the half to take a 36-32 halftime lead.
The Sun Devils came out of the intermission with a 7-0 run to recapture a 39-36 lead with 16:56 remaining. The Sun Devils would hold that lead throughout much of the half but could never shake off WSU. Eventually, the Cougars took a 63-62 lead on a Nyseth basket with 4:10 to play, and kept the advantage until Levens' bucket.
Both teams shot well from behind the three-point arc. WSU hit 7-of-14, and ASU connected on 8-of-18 from three-point range.
However, ASU held the advantage at the charity stripe going to the line 31 times, hitting 19 free throws. Conversely, the Cougars had eight free-throw attempts, making six.