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Women's basketball comes up short at UCLA, 53-38


February 24, 2012

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES - The Arizona State women's basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday, falling to UCLA, 53-38.

Markel Walker (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Thea Lemberger (11 points) combined for 32 points to lead UCLA (13-13, 8-7 Pac-12), which outscored ASU 30-13 in the second half.

Janae Fulcher scored 16 points to pace the short-handed Sun Devils (18-9, 9-7 Pac-12), who entered the game without starters Olivia Major (shoulder) and leading scorer Kimberly Brandon (illness).

After trailing by as many as 12 in the first half, the Bruins were able to get within two at the break, 25-23, and then began the second half with a 17-6 run to take a 40-31 lead with 9:16 left in the game.

The Sun Devils would get within seven on three different occasions, however could get no closer as UCLA closed the final four minutes on an 11-3 run.

Kali Bennett, Micaela Pickens and Jada Blackwell added four points each for the Sun Devils, who were outrebounded 40-32.

Fulcher came out and scored the first seven points of the game to give the Sun Devils the early advantage. The Bruins countered with a six-point run of their own to get within one before Fulcher, Pickens and Deja Mann came back with consecutive baskets, the latter a 3-pointer, to put the Sun Devils up 14-6.

ASU would take its largest lead of the half after Fulcher scored on a layup to put the Sun Devils up 20-8 with 10:06 left in the half.

The Bruins came back with six consecutive points to cut the deficit in half before Alex Earl stopped the run with a 3-pointer to put ASU back up by nine, 23-14.

After an exchange of baskets the Bruins closed out the final five-plus minutes of the half on a 7-0 run to get within 25-23 at the break.

Fulcher scored 13 points to lead the Sun Devils, who shot 39 percent in the first half, while Rebekah Gardner (nine points) and Walker (six points) combined for 15 points for the Bruins.

The Sun Devils close out their road trip to Los Angeles on Saturday (2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT) when they take on USC. The game can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060.