Arizona State had the hunger — and the strength in the paint — to end several seasons' worth of losses at McKale Center. Kristen Kovesdy had 13...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona State had the hunger — and the strength in the paint — to end several seasons’ worth of losses at McKale Center.
Kristen Kovesdy had 13 points and eight rebounds, helping the 12th-ranked Sun Devils beat Arizona 83-59 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams Thursday night.
Jill Noe added 13 points, and Reagan Pariseau of Spokane and Kate Engelbrecht each had 10 points for the Sun Devils (10-1), who won their seventh in a row. It was Arizona State’s first win in Tucson since Feb. 24, 2001.
“It’s a gift for this to happen in my last year,” Kovesdy said. “It’s been awhile since we won down here, but I could feel how much we wanted this game coming into it. And we played like that.”
Kovesdy led Arizona State to a 33-26 rebounding edge on the Wildcats (4-6), who lost their fourth straight.
Arizona’s Ashley Whisonant scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Ché Oh, a former Seattle Prep standout, added eight points.
“We’re going to come back and work, because this is not OK,” Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. “It’s not OK to lose, and it’s not OK to lose like this.”
California 53, at Washington St. 47
Devanei Hampton scored 15 points as the Golden Bears (9-3 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) defeated the Cougars (6-4, 0-2) before 425 at Beasley Coliseum.
Charmaine Jones led WSU with 13 points. Amanda DuRocher, who is from Bethel High School in Spanaway, scored 11 points. Kate Benz of WSU had a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Cougars shot 27.1 percent from the field (16 of 59). WSU led 44-43 with 5:49 left.
Cal shot 50 percent (22 of 44) from the field.
At USC 72, Oregon 48
Eshaya Murphy scored 17 points to lead the Women of Troy (8-3, 2-0) over the Ducks (8-3, 0-2).
USC had eight different players score in the first 10 minutes as it quickly took control.
Gabrielle Williams led Oregon with 14 points, and was the only Ducks player in double figures.
USC’s Jamie Hagiya had 12 points.
The Trojans shot 51.6 percent from the floor in the first half and went on a 13-0 run on the way to a 41-17 halftime lead. Another 13-0 run by USC gave it a 66-35 lead.
At UCLA 79, Oregon St. 64
Senior guard Lisa Willis matched a career high by scoring 31 points as the Bruins (7-4, 2-0) defeated the Beavers (6-3, 0-2). Willis helped UCLA pull away by scoring 16 points in the final 4:22.
Mandy Close led Oregon State with 21 points. Kim Butler, from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, added 14.