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ASU Shuts Down WSU's Outside Game for First Pac-10 Win

January 9, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - Arizona State pressured Washington State into 28 turnovers, held the Cougars' perimeter shooting to 3-of-16, outlast several offensive lapses to pick up its first league win 63-54 in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action at Friel Court Saturday.

The Sun Devils' (7-6 overall, 1-3 in Pac 10) were led by junior Kristine Sand's 14 points en route to their third straight defeat of the Cougars. Rachel Holt added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Natailie Tucker managed seven steals and six assists to go with her 13 points.

WSU (7-5, 1-2) was led by Tricia Lamb's 16 points, despite a 0-for-7 night from behind the three point arch. Alke Dietel picked up a double-double, scoring 10 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

In opening portion of the first half, the Cougars operated on all cylinders, knocking down a trio of three pointers on offense and forcing 11 turnovers on defense in the first 11 minutes of the game to open up a 21-9 lead.

At 8:52, Sand responded. Hitting her third field goal of the night, Sand ended a nearly six minute long drought in which the Sun Devils went without a field goal. Holt followed with her third and fourth field goal of the game, while Sand added another and ASU trailed 25-17 with 4:40 left in the first half, despite only one point from the rest of the Sun Devil team.

Finally, at 4:18, Tucker became the third ASU player to make a field goal, this time from beyond the arch, and the Sun Devils came to life. In the final five minutes of the half, ASU outscored the Cougars 12-2 to take a 27-27 tie into the intermission.

In the second half, Lamb looked to put WSU ahead for good, single-handedly outscoring ASU 6-3 in the opening minutes of the half to take a 33-30 lead with 17:42 left. The Sun Devils responded by hitting four straight field goal attempts and adding a free throw to take a 39-35 lead at 13:54.

WSU then turned up the defensive pressure and held ASU without a field goal for nearly six minutes. In the meantime, the Cougars clawed their way back to take a 45-40 lead with eight minutes of game time remaining.

Yet, as she had done before, Sand brought the offense back to life, this time scoring six unanswered points to pull ASU within one, 47-46.

In the final six minutes, ASU outscored the Cougars 17-7 to hand WSU its first home loss of the Pac-10 season.

"If we were able to take care of the basketball, we still give ourselves a chance to win the ball game," said WSU head coach Harold Rhodes, whose Cougars committed 15 turnovers and shot 0-10 from behind the arch in the second half.

WSU now must take a 1-2 record on the road to Oregon and Oregon state next week.

ASU (63) - Sand 7-13 0-0 14, Holt 5-9 3-5 13, Newman 2-5 1-2 6, Kitchen 1-6
1-4 3, Tucker 3-7 6-7 13, Lang 1-1 0-0 2, Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, McFadyen 0-0
0-0 0, White 1-3 0-0 2, Jantzen 1-3 1-2 3, Tom 1-4 2-2 5, Bennett 1-2 0-0
2, Team 23-53 14-22 63.

WSU (54) - Dietel 4-10 0-0 10, Volkman 0-6 0-0 0, Quinton 1-2 0-0 2, Nyseth
2-5 0-0 4, Lamb 8-19 0-0 16, Harrod 4-5 0-1 8, Kerns 2-5 2-2 7, DeAnda 0-0
0-0 0, Stinson 2-4 3-4 7, Team 23-56 5-7 54.

Halftime - WSU 27, ASU 27.  3-point goals - ASU 3-6 (Sand 0-1, Newman 1-1,
Kitchen 0-1, Tucker 1-1, Tom 1-2), WSU 3-16 (Dietel 2-4, Volkman 0-1,
Nyseth 0-1, Lamb 0-7, Kerns 1-3).  Fouled out - None.  Rebounds - ASU 30
(Holt 8), WSU 39 (Dietel 10).  Assists - ASU 14 (Tucker 6), WSU 12 (Nyseth
4).  Steals - ASU 16 (Tucker 7), WSU 10 (Dietel 4).  Turnovers - ASU 21
(Newman 4), WSU 28 (Lamb, Kerns 6).  Total Fouls - ASU 12, WSU 17.
Technical - None.  A- 459.



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