Women's Basketball Falls To Arizona State, 70-58

Jan. 2, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University used a big second half to knock off Oregon State, 70-58, in Thursday night's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action. The win was the seventh consecutive for the Sun Devils against the Beavers in Tempe.

With the loss, Oregon State falls to 7-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Pac-10, while ASU improves to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The streaky first half was a battle of runs by both teams. OSU jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind Hollye Chapman's 3-pointer at the 16:32 mark, but the Sun Devils rallied back and eventually took a 12-11 advantage with 11:28 left behind a trey from Kylan Loney.

ASU held its largest lead of the half at 20-16 with 7:01 remaining but went scoreless over the next four minutes, allowing the Beavers to regain the lead. Freshman Casey Bunn spurred an 8-0 Oregon State run with six points during the stretch and gave the Beavers a 24-20 cushion.

With action swaying back-and-forth, Wilsonville High School grad Jill Noe's 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining tied the contest at 29 and a steal by Noe on the following possession and lay-up from Crater High product Amy Denson put the Sun Devils in front.

Juleen Smith answered with a jumper at the buzzer to send the teams into the locker room with the score tied at 31-31.

Both squads continued to battle throughout the second half but a 5-0 run by ASU gave the Sun Devils a 45-40 advantage at the 9:36 mark and a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.

'We were right in it,' said OSU assistant coach Heath Alexander. 'They had some transition buckets and we didn't answer.'

Arizona State led by as many as 10 points (60-50) after Kristen Kovesdy's breakaway lay-up with just two minutes to play.

Leilani Estavan scored eight points in the final 1:41 for the Beavers but the Sun Devils had an answer to every OSU shot.

Bunn led Oregon State with a career-best 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and pulled down five rebounds. Estavan added 12 points and three assists while Juleen Smith also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points. Brina Chaney buried 4-of-5 field goals for nine points.

Noe finished with a double-double, hitting 7-of-12 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws for 23 points, and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Kovesdy added 17 points and Loney had 10 points for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State dominated the boards, 40-24, including a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass.

OSU hit 43-percent of its shots on the night while the Sun Devils were 44-percent from the field.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday at the University of Arizona. The Beavers and No. 20 Wildcats will tip-off at 12 p.m. PST, with the game broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.

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