No. 23 Women's Hoops Downs No. 25 Arizona 69-47

Jan. 3, 2005

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior Kristen Kovesdy scored a team-high 18 points to lead theSun Devils to a 69-47 victory over Arizona Monday night in the team's Pac-10home opener.

Both teams held identical 10-3 overall marks and 2-1 Pac-10 records after thegame. ASU won its 10th straight home game and 23rd in 25 tries, while ninth-year Sun Devil mentor Charli Turner Thorne climbed within one win of the ASUmark for career coaching victories. With a 133-115 mark at ASU, Turner Thornewill have a chance to tie Juliene Simpson (134-92, 1979-87) as the all-timewinningest coach in school history Friday night against eighth-rankedStanford, her alma mater.

ASU took a 14-7 lead eight minutes into the first half, but Arizona cut thelead to two four minutes later. The Sun Devils scored the next five points toregain the seven-point advantage, 23-16 with 5:38 to play. After UA senior Dee-Dee Wheeler's layup cut it to five with 4:51 to play, the Sun Devils ended thehalf on a 12-0 run to take a 37-20 halftime advantage. Kovesdy was 5-of-5 fromthe field and made a pair of free throws for 12 first-half points, whilesophomore Emily Westerberg added 11.

In the second half, ASU began the half on an 11-3 run to take a 48-23 leadwith 16:53 to play. The Sun Devils pushed their lead to 28 after a three-pointer by junior Amy Denson four minutes later. Wheeler knocked down a pairof threes to cut the lead to 22, 57-35 with 11:41 to play, but the Wildcatswould not get any closer. ASU led by as many as 30 points en route to the 69-47 victory, the team's fifth straight win over the Wildcats at Wells FargoArena.

Kovesdy led the Sun Devils with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The Pac-10leader for field goal percentage is shooting 80.6 percent from the field inher last four games (25-31). Westerberg had 13 points, a team-high fiveassists and a career-best two blocks, while Denson and senior Betsy Boardmaneach pulled down five rebounds to lead the Sun Devils.

Wheeler finished with a game-high 26 points for the Wildcats, knocking down 11-of-18 field goal attempts including three treys. Junior Natalie Jones added agame-high seven rebounds for Arizona, which was without starting centerShawntinice Polk due to a knee injury.

ASU scored 34 points on a season-high 28 turnovers by Arizona, while the SunDevils outrebounded the Wildcats 37-27. Both teams struggled from the freethrow line with Arizona missing 13 of their 19 attempts (31.6 percent) and ASUmissing 12 of 26 (53.8 percent).

ASU returns to action Friday night, playing host to the eighth-ranked StanfordCardinal at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils will wrap up theirthree-game homestand on Sunday, Jan. 9 with the visiting Cal Golden Bears at 2p.m.

Both games can be heard locally on NBC 1190 AM with Jeff Munn and Seth Sulkacalling the action, while Friday night's game with the Cardinal will betelevised statewide by AZ-TV.

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