WSU Gives Sun Devils All They Can Handle at Tempe

Dec. 27, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington State's Bianca McCall scored 20 points and Stephanie Singer added 12 in the Cougars' 68-61 defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action, Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

The loss dropped the Cougars to 4-6 overall while ASU improved to 7-3. The game marked the conference opener for both teams.

McCall's performance was her seventh career 20-point effort, and her first of the season. The senior from Santa Rosa, Calif. was 8-of-12 from the field as the Cougars shot 22-of-49 (44.9 percent) for the game.

ASU was led by Kylan Loney, who led a trio of Sun Devils in double-figures with 24 points. Carrie Buckner (15 points) and Betsy Boardman (11 points) completed the contingent.

WSU out-rebounded ASU 40-37 and held the Sun Devils to 21-of-62 (33.9 percent) from the field but was done in by a season-high 29 turnovers.

'You take those turnovers away, even if we just have 20 turnovers, we win this ballgame,' WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell said. 'I can't be prouder of these kids. We out-rebounded a very good rebounding team.'

Down 35-30 at the half, ASU began the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 38-35 lead with 16:35 remaining. The Sun Devils made their first two shots of the half, but then missed their next 13 in a row. The Cougars took advantage of ASU's drought with an 8-0 run, which was sparked by a pair of McCall buckets, to retake the lead at 43-38 with 12:25 remaining.

The Sun Devils tied the game at 43 with five consecutive points, capped by a 3-pointer from Boardman at the 11:23 mark.

With the game deadlocked at 45 with 10:40 left to go, WSU opened a 48-45 advantage on a combination of three free throws from McCall and Fields.

Seven consecutive points from ASU, capped by a 3-pointer from Loney, gave the Sun Devils the lead back at 52-48 with 6:16 remaining.

ASU extended the lead to 55-50 but WSU closed to within one at 55-54 with 4:12 left. The Cougars could not get over the hump, though, as a Boardman trey gave the Sun Devils a 60-54 lead with 2:39 left.

Although WSU would pull to within three at 60-57 at the 1:50 mark, it was as close as the team would get. The Sun Devils scored four consecutive points to extend the lead to 64-57, which would turn out to be the margin of victory.

The Sun Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minute of action but the Cougars responded with nine consecutive points to take a 9-4 advantage at the 17:05 mark of the first half.

WSU extended its lead to six on two occasions, the second being at 21-15 with 10:53 remaining. Five consecutive ASU points, all accounted for by Loney, cut the Cougars' lead to one.

WSU did not relinquish its advantage, however, and headed into the half with a 35-30 lead.

Coming off an 11-of-52 (21.2 percent) shooting effort against San Diego State, Dec. 22, the Cougars came out as warm as the Arizona weather, making seven of their first 10 shots. WSU finished the opening 20 minutes 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) from the field.

WSU return to action at Arizona, Monday, Dec. 29 for a 6 p.m. Pacific Time tip-off.
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