SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Arizona State overcame a career game
from Nikki Blue to beat UCLA 73-71 on Saturday and advance to the
semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
Kristen Kovesdy scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half
for the third-seeded Sun Devils (21-8), who won their fourth
straight and six of seven overall.Arizona State won its first tournament game since beating
Stanford in the 2002 championship game, and will meet the winner of
a later game between Washington and Oregon.Kylan Loney scored 18 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers
in the final minutes as the Sun Devils beat UCLA for the third time
this season. Amy Denson added 15 points.Blue scored a career-high 36 points, one shy of Nicole Powell's
tournament record, as the Bruins (16-12) lost their third straight
and fifth in six games.Lisa Willis matched her season high of 15 points for UCLA. Blue
and Willis combined for a tournament record 61 points. The previous
best was 48 by Washington State's Brittany Hawks and Jessica Perry
in 2002.Blue did set a record with 14 field goals made and 29 attempted.
Willis made two 3-pointers to tie the school record with 70 on the
year.Blue's two free throws gave UCLA a 58-57 lead with 5:40
remaining.Loney, Arizona State's career leader in 3-pointers with 152,
sank consecutive long range shots to put the Sun Devils up for
good.Blue brought the Bruins within two with a laup in the final
minute, but she missed a short jumper with four seconds remaining
that would have tied the game.UCLA also held an early lead but Arizona State rallied to take a
35-33 halftime advantage.