Sun Devils Edge Huskies 84-81 In Overtime

Dec. 29, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) --Kristen Kovesdy scored a career-high 29 points and stole the long inbounds pass as time expired in overtime, to give Arizona State an 84-81 win over Washington in Pacific-10 Conference play Monday night.

Kovesdy made 12 of 14 field goals, 5 of 7 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds for the Sun Devils (8-3, 2-0).

Kyan Loney made two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to secure the victory, the Sun Devils' sixth in their last seven games.

Washington (7-4, 0-2) erased an eight-point deficit in the final 5:21, capped by senior Giuliana Mendiola's layup with 1.6 seconds left to send the game into the extra period.

Arizona State led 78-77 when Mendiola -- who led the Huskies with 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists -- committed her fifth foul on Carrie Buckner with 1:54 left. Buckner made 1 of 2 free throws but Kovesdy made both of hers 20 seconds later to give Arizona State an 81-77 lead.

Mendiola's sister Gioconda made two free throws with 1:23 left and Andrea Lalum made a 16-footer with 36 seconds left to cut the lead to 82-81. The Sun Devils worked the clock down to five seconds when Betsy Boardman missed a shot and Jill Bell knocked the loose ball out of bounds. Gioconda Mendiola fouled Loney with 2.2 seconds left to set up the final points.

Boardman had 15 points and five assists for the Sun Devils.

Lalum had 21 points and Bell added 12 for Washington, which has lost three of its last four games.

Arizona State outscored Washington 38-8 inside despite getting out-rebounded 40-34. The Sun Devils also missed 13 of 39 free throws on the night.

Walkon-freshman Cheri Craddock made her debut as a Husky versus the Sun Devils, picking up seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in nine minutes on the floor.

Giuliana Mendiola needed just one more assist to become just the second Husky ever to notch a triple-double.

Coupled with their loss at Arizona on Saturday, the Huskies were swept on their annual trip to the Arizona schools for the third-straight year.

Washington returns home to Seattle to host California, Friday, Jan. 2, and Stanford, Sunday, Jan. 4, at Bank of America Arena.

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