Women's Basketball Drops Defensive Battle To Arizona State, 50-38

Jan. 20, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon State University dropped a 50-38 contest at Arizona State University in Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball game.

Both teams struggled to convert from the field over the opening 20 minutes. The Sun Devils (13-5; 5-3) used back-to-back buckets by Kristen Kovesdy to take a 7-2 lead at the 13-minute mark, but OSU (5-12; 1-7 Pac-10) eventually tied it at 8-8 when Mandy Close hit a jumper with 8:17 left.

The Beavers took their first lead of the game when Tiffany Ducker made a lay-up and Ebony Young stole ASU's inbounds pass and scored to make it 12-11.

The Sun Devils responded with three straight points and took a 17-14 lead into the locker room after Portland, OR, native Betsy Boardman buried a 3-pointer.

ASU shot just 22-percent (6-for-27) and OSU managed just a 25-percent (6-for-24) clip in the opening frame.

'This team has been one of the best groups we've had dealing with their (Arizona State) pressure,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We put them on their heals from the beginning of the game.'

Kim Butler opened the second half with a put-back bucket, but the Sun Devils answered with a 14-2 run, taking their largest lead at 31-18 with 14:40 left.

Oregon State closed within seven points (45-38) with just under one-minute remaining, but the Sun Devils hit seven free throws down the stretch for the final margin of victory.

'We had poor shot selection to open the second half, but I felt like our defense was still solid,' said Spoelstra. 'We just missed some quick shots that allowed them to get some easy transition buckets.'

Shannon Howell led all players with 16 points, but managed just 6-for-19 shooting. Anita Rivera had six points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, while Ducker added six points, six boards, and a career-best four blocks.

Boardman and Kovesdy led the Sun Devils with 13 points each, while Emily Westerberg pulled down 14 rebounds.

Both teams shot 30-percent from the field and ASU held a 50-31 edge on the glass.

The Beavers face University of Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST.

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