Blue's 32 Points Not Enough In 80-59 Loss To Arizona State
Feb. 12, 2005
Tempe, Ariz. - UCLA junior guard Nikki Blue scored a season-high 32 points, but it was not nearly enough in the Bruins' 80-59 loss at Arizona State Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU's Kristen Kovesdy scored 17 points to lead three Sun Devils in double figures.
With the win, the Sun Devils improved to 17-7 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-10, while UCLA fell to 15-9 overall and 9-6 in the league. The victory also gave ASU a season sweep over the Bruins after the team turned in a 44-42 win at Pauley Pavilion in January.
ASU opened the game with a 6-0 run and never looked back. The Sun Devils took control of the game for good with a 15-1 run to go up 23-7 with 4:28 to play. Betsy Boardman led the Sun Devils with 11 first-half points off the bench, including three three-pointers, as ASU cruised to a 33-17 halftime lead.
ASU scored the first four points in the second half to go up by 20 points, 37-17, with 19:19 to play. The Bruins never got closer than 17 points in the contest. The Sun Devils led by as many as 32 points en route to the 80-59 victory, the most points scored by the team in a Pac-10 Conference game this season.
After going scoreless but pulling down seven rebounds in the first half, sophomore Emily Westerberg finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career and ASU's second this season. Kovesdy led the team with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Boardman finished with a season-high 16 points, going 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point land. The Sun Devils shot 52.9 percent in the game and outrebounded the Bruins, 43-28.
Blue had her fourth-consecutive game with 20 points or more, but junior Lisa Willis was the only other Bruin in double figures, scoring 13. Willis added a game-high six assists and six steals. Lindsey Pluimer led the Bruins with five rebounds. Blue, who had only five points at halftime, scored 12 in the first 6:05 of the second half.