Jan. 12, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Candace Fields tied a career-high with 12 points in the Washington State Cougars'68-40 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
The loss was the Cougars' 12th in a row and dropped WSU to 2-15 overall and 0-7 in the Pac-10 Conference. The 12 straight losses by WSU established a school record for consecutive losses. Arizona State improved to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
Betsy Boardman led Arizona State with 16 points and Cian Carvalho added 11 points for the Sun Devils.
Up by a 6-4 margin in the early stages of the first half, Arizona State went on a 13-2 run over a 5:18 span to take a 19-6 lead with 12:03 remaining.
WSU found itself in foul trouble early in the first half, accumulating eight fouls in the first 6:08 of the game. Arizona State capitalized on the Cougars' foul problems making six of eight free throws during that stretch.
Facing a 23-8 deficit with 9:05 remaining in the half, WSU scored five consecutive points - all courtesy of McCurtain - to cut its deficit to 23-13 at the 7:32 mark.
Arizona State responded to the Cougars' run with one of its own, however. ASU scored 10 unanswered points, with five of those coming from Carvalho, to take a 20-point lead at 33-13 before settling for a 33-15 lead at halftime.
Up 40-23 at the 12:18 mark of the second half, the Sun Devils would extend their lead to 48-23 with an 8-0 run over a 2:45 span.
WSU would pull to within 19 at 51-32 with eight minutes remaining before an 11-0 ASU run opened up a 62-32 lead with 5:02 left in the game.