TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kristen Kovesdy scored 12 points and had 11
rebounds to lead No. 11 Arizona State past Arizona 81-45 on
Saturday for its ninth straight victory.
With the win and Stanford's victory over Washington State, the
Sun Devils (23-5, 14-4) finished a game behind the Cardinal in the
conference standings and will be the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10
tournament next weekend in San Jose, Calif.
Arizona State, which tied a school record set earlier this
season for consecutive wins, finished 15-0 at home for the season,
also a school first.
Arizona (7-21, 3-15) lost its ninth straight.
The Sun Devils took advantage of Arizona's poor start from the
field to grab an early lead. Arizona missed 16 of its first 19
shots and fell behind 17-8. Briann January scored seven points in
the first half as Arizona State took a 39-19 lead.
The Wildcats finished the half 6-of-28 (21 percent) from the
field and shot 24 percent (15-of-62) for the game.
The Sun Devils outrebounded the Wildcats 52-31.
Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona with 14 points. January added 12
points for Arizona State.
The Wildcats have lost 14 of their last 16 games. They lost
their last nine games by an average of 16 points.