Feb. 12, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz.- Arizona State senior Rachel Holt (Buckeye, Ariz.) scored 20 points as Arizona State downed the Washington Huskies 74-53 Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. With the victory, Arizona State improved to 13-8 overall and 6-5 in the Pac-10 Conference, surpassing its wins total (12) from last year and marking the most victories since the 1992-93 season. Washington fell to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in the Pac-10.
The 21-point victory matched ASU's biggest win over the Huskies, dating back to an 82-61 decision in Tempe on Nov. 23, 1979, while the Sun Devils notched back-to-back 20-point conference wins for the first time since the 1976-77 season when the team played in the Intermountain West Conference. Earlier this week, Arizona State downed Washington State 73-53 on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State pulled ahead in the game with a 19-2 run midway through the first half to lead 32-15, highlighted by six points from ASU junior Aubrey McFadyen (Redmond, Wash.). By halftime, the Sun Devils had increased their lead to 45-22, the team's largest halftime lead of the year.
Holt had 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, while senior Kristine Sand (Oslo, Norway) and sophomore Theresa Jantzen (Medicine Hat, Alberta) each had nine points in the first stanza for the Sun Devils. As a team, Arizona State shot 50 percent in the first half and turned the ball over a season-low five times in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Sun Devils increased their lead to as many as 29 points en route to the 74-53 victory. Arizona State outrebounded Washington 25-9 in the second half and finished with a 43-24 advantage on the boards in the game.
For the Sun Devils, Sand finished with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Jantzen was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line en route to 13 points. Holt led the team with six rebounds and made all eight of her free throws.
The Sun Devils return to action next weekend when the team travels to Los Angeles to take on UCLA and USC. ASU will face the 20th-ranked UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Feb. 17 and the USC Trojans on Saturday, Feb. 19. Both games will tip-off at 8 p.m. Mountain time and can also be heard on KTKP 1280 AM with Robby Robinson calling the action.