Jan. 15, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Arizona State snapped their three game road skid with a 64-54 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 women's basketball at Friel Court Saturday.
The win moved the Sun Devils to 10-4 overall, 3-1 in conference play, while the Cougars dropped to 3-11 and 0-4, respectively. Theresa Jantzen hit eight-of-nine free throws to pace a team-high 18 points, while Rachel Holt added 10 points.
The Cougars were led by Alke Dietel's game-high 20 points, all but three of which came in the first half. Jen Kerns was the only other player in double-figures with 11 points to go along with six assists and seven turnovers.
WSU came out strong early behind the hot hand of senior Alke Dietel. Dietel knocked down five of her first six shots while ASU made only one-of-six to give the Cougars a 10-2 lead at 15:33.
Liz Paulson brought the Sun Devils to life. With four ticks left on the shot clock ASU found Paulson alone on the wing for her first three pointer at 15:00. Two trips later Paulson knocked down another trey and ASU went on a 12-2 run to take a 14-12 lead at 11:22.
Dietel added seven more points in the first half as the Sun Devils and Cougars battled to four ties and three lead changes down the stretch. By halftime, ASU had opened up a slim 32-29 lead.
The Sun Devils wasted no time extending their lead in the second half. Holt's second basket of the half at 15:13 gave ASU a six-point lead, but the Cougars would not go quietly. Kerns' three-pointer at 14:03 cut the Sun Devil advantage in half, 42-39.
But ASU was just getting started and WSU would get no closer. For almost five straight minutes the Sun Devils held the Cougars without a score. Meanwhile, ASU entered the bonus with 11:12 left in the game. From that point on the Sun Devils knocked down 11-of-19 from the charity stripe to hold off the Cougars.
ASU sent the Cougars to the line only 10 times while playing suffocating defense. After allowing Dietel 17 first-half points, the Sun Devils held her to a mere four attempts in the second half.