Bruins Put Up Fight But Fall Short Against No. 9 Arizona State

March 3, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Emily Westerberg scored five straight points during a key second-half stretch to finish with 13, leading No. 9 Arizona State past UCLA 74-64 on Saturday and into the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

Briann January scored 18 points for Arizona State (27-3), which avenged a one-point loss to the Bruins in the semifinals of the conference tournament a year ago.

Noelle Quinn scored 25 points and passed for six assists, Chinyere Ibekwe had 16 points and seven rebounds and Lindsey Pluimer 12 points for UCLA (14-18). The Bruins beat Washington State on Friday night to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal action.

Westerberg, who became the first Arizona State player to earn all-conference honors three times, hit two free throws with 6:01 to play.

After UCLA cut it to 40-35, Jill Noe hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 14:36 to play for Arizona State, but the Bruins didn't go away easily. They scrapped for every loose ball in the second half and matched the Sun Devils' intensity on both ends of the floor.

Tierra Henderson's layin with 11:36 remaining pulled UCLA within 45-41.

Arizona State had held opponents to 37.6 percent shooting during its previous seven games, and the Bruins shot 45 percent.

UCLA began the game 6-for-16 and was outrebounded 15-6 over the opening 15 minutes, but created better chances late in the half to stay within 30-27 at the break.

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