UCLA Bests No. 19 Arizona State 74-56
Jan. 3, 2010
UCLA (9-4,2-0) led from start to finish and earned a 74-56 win over 19th-ranked Arizona State in a Pac-10 conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon in Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Freshman forward Markel Walker led the way for UCLA, which has now won four straight games, with a career-best 24 points.
UCLA jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the early and held ASU without a field goal until the 12:50 mark when it took a 9-4 lead. The Sun Devils made just one of their first 11 shots from the field. That five-point margin would be as close as the Sun Devils would get the rest of the first half. UCLA took a double digit lead for the first time at 15-4 on a basket by sophomore forward Jasmine Dixon. ASU (8-5, 0-2) pulled to within seven points at 23-16 at the 4:36 mark. Walker then scored seven of the Bruins' 14 points in a 14-4 scoring run which closed out the first half with UCLA enjoying a 37-20 cushion at the break. Dixon finished the first half with 13 first-half points and Walker totaled 11.
The Bruins maintained their double-digit lead for the balance of the game. UCLA took an 18-point lead at the 17:07 mark on a three-point shot by junior guard Doreena Campbell and ASU never got closer than 14 points the balance of the half.A 7-0 Sun Devil run narrowed the margin to 55-41 with 7:49 to play, but UCLA answered back with five straight points to reestablish control of the game.
Dixon finished the game with a career-best 21 points and 11 rebounds. Campbell totaled 11 points and has now scored in double digits in six straight games. Junior guard Darxia Morris was also in double digits with 11 points for UCLA. The Bruins shot 59.2 percent for the game and held ASU to just 34.1 percent while forcing 27 Sun Devil turnovers.
UCLA's victory over ASU completed a sweep of the Arizona Pac-10 schools. The last time the Bruins swept the Arizona schools was in the 1999-2000 season. The Bruin's last win over Arizona State, in Tempe, came in a 60-58 victory in January of 2003 in which guard Nikki Blue scored half of the Bruin points. The Bruins last win over the Sun Devils came in the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Tournament. It was the first Pac-10 road sweep since a set of wins over the Washington schools in the 2007-08 campaign.
UCLA will play next on Friday night Jan. 8 when it hosts California (6-6, 0-1) in Pauley Pavilion. The tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. The Bruins will host #2-ranked Stanford (11-1, 1-0) on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.
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