Jan. 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Nikki Blue's last-second shot in the lane did not fall and visiting Arizona State snapped the Bruins' 10-game homecourt winning streak with a 44-42 win in Pauley Pavilion on Friday night.
UCLA, which trailed 19-13 at the half, rallied from an 11-point second half deficit in the low scoring game, to tie the contest at 35-all with 4:48 to play on a basket by Amanda Livingston. ASU built the lead back to 42-37 with 1:59 to play before Lisa Willis connected on a three-point shot with 1:45 to go. Willis, however missed a pair of free throws with 48 seconds to play which would have tied the game at 42-each. The Sun Devils' Emily Westerberg then made two free throws with 35 seconds left for a four-point lead. Blue answered for UCLA with a basket with 21 seconds remaining in the contest to narrow the margin back to two, 44-42.
ASU's Kylan Loney failed to connect on two free throws with nine seconds to play and UCLA grabbed the rebound of the second miss. Blue worked her way the length of the court for UCLA in an attempt to tie the game, but her shot in the lane was off the mark. The rebound went out of bounds to UCLA with .3 seconds on the clock. UCLA attempted a lob pass to Noelle Quinn on the inbounds play, but ASU stole the ball and the buzzer sounded.
Westerberg finished with eight points, and Reagan Pariseau had 11 points for Arizona State (12-4, 4-2 Pac-10), which handed the Bruins (11-4, 5-1) their first Pac-10 loss.
UCLA tied the school record for fewest points in a game at Pauley Pavilion set against Utah in 2000 and also matched against Georgia in 1985. The Bruin total of 13 points in the first half was a record low for a UCLA team in Pauley Pavilion.
Blue led UCLA with 12 points, four assists and seven rebounds. Quinn scored eight points, snapping her streak of double-figure scoring at 35 games. Livingston led UCLA with a career-high 10 rebounds. The Bruins shot a season-low 23% for the contest.
UCLA will look to rebound on Sunday when the Bruins will play host to Arizona at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Following the battle against the Wildcats, the Bruins will play six of their next eight conference games on the road.