Kovesdy Scores 24 to Lead ASU Past UCLA 73-58

Jan. 15, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Kristen Kovesdy scored 24 points and junior Betsy Boardman added 16 to give Arizona State a 73-58 win over UCLA Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Sun Devils won their ninth straight home game and improved to 10-5 on the year and 4-2 in the Pac-10, while UCLA fell to 8-7 and 3-3 in conference play.

Kovesdy made 10-of-14 field goals from the field, grabbed six rebounds and tied her career high with three blocked shots.

The Sun Devils outrebounded the Bruins 44-27 in the game and outshot the Bruins 54.0 percent (27-50) to 36.7 percent (22-60). ASU sophomore Amy Denson grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds and freshman Aubree Johnson pulled down nine boards for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State went on a 14-3 run late in the first half to take a 31-18 lead with 3:05 left and led 35-24 at halftime. Kovesdy made 6-of-8 shots in the first half for 12 points.

The Sun Devils then ran off 11 straight points early in the second half to pull away and led by as many as 24 points en route to the 73-58 win.

For UCLA, freshman Noelle Quinn had 15 points and four steals, and freshman Amanda Livingston added 13 points for the Bruin team, which had won three in a row.

Arizona State held the conference's eighth-leading scorer, sophomore Nikki Blue, to seven points - seven under her average - on 2-of-11 shooting.

The Sun Devils have won five of their last seven, while UCLA is just 2-5 on the road this season. Junior Carrie Buckner added 13 points, a career-high-tying six assists and three steals for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State continues Pac-10 play at Wells Fargo Arena, taking on the USC Women of Troy (7-7, 4-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The game can be heard locally on NBC 1190 AM with Vince Marotta and Kayte Christensen calling the action or via the internet at www.thesundevils.com.

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