Wash. 79, No. 23 Ariz. State 60
SEATTLE (AP) _ Washington’s Megan Franza scored 21 points in leading the Huskies to a 79-60 victory over No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday.
The victory gave the Huskies a sweep of the season series against the Sun Devils, and the two teams are now tied for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Washington (15-6, 8-3) has won five of its last six games. The Sun Devils lost for the first time since Jan. 11. They had won seven straight since falling to the Huskies 66-62 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona.
The Huskies led by 15 at 63-48 with 6:20 left in the game. The Sun Devils staged a comeback, pulling to 65-59 on Betsy Boardman’s 10-footer at 3:15, but that was as close as they came.
Arizona State (16-7, 8-3) has not won in Seattle since 1996. The Sun Devils were led by Melody Johnson, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half. Amanda Levens had 17.
Washington’s Andrea Lalum posted her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. LeAnn Sheets scored 13, and Loree Payne added 11.
The Huskies jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the first 4:15 of the game. The Sun Devils did not make their first field goal until Levens hit a 17-foot jumper at the 14:50 mark.
Arizona State reduced the Husky lead to 23-20 on Levens’ 3-pointer with 6:05 to play in the first half, but Washington responded with a 15-8 run and held a 38-28 halftime advantage.