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.

Washington State also had three players score in double figures. Nyseth led the Cougars with 19 points while Sarah Barrett chipped in 17 and Brittney Hawks added 10.

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.

Both Victoria Harrod and Yvonne Volkman fouled out for the Cougars, who were called for 29 fouls, while the Sun Devils had just 15.

--wsucougars.com--
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