ASU vs. UCR: By the numbers

By Lara Boyko - March 18, 2007

Sure the most important numbers in any game are in the final score, but while the 57-50 final leaned in ASU's favor, there are some other numbers from tonight's game that are worth mentioning.

33 and 41 - These are the shooting percentages from the field of ASU and UC Riverside respectively from the first half.

After being tied up for the third time in the first four minutes of the game at six, the Highlanders went on a 10-3 run over the next five minutes to give UC Riverside a cushy 16-9 lead. ASU's Jill Noe broke up the run with a three point basket to close the lead up to four.

Four minutes later the Sun Devils came within two at a score of 21-23, but the Highlanders used a quick first step and a scrappy style of play to keep building the lead until it was 32-25 heading into the half.

12 and 2 - The number of assists the Sun Devils and Highlanders finished with respectively.

Probably the biggest descrepancy in the final box, the Sun Devils were guarded so closely that they had to keep moving the ball around until they found someone with an open shot or had some room to create a shot.

86 and 68 - The free throw percentages of ASU and UC Riverside respectively.

In the last five minutes of the game, ASU went a perfect 10-10 and hit 14-15 for the second half from the free throw line to prove once again that games can be won or lost on the easiest points to collect.

Leading the way in the numbers game for ASU was Briann January with 15, followed by Danielle Orsillo with 13 and Aubree Johnson with 11. The big woman on the boards for the Sun Devils was Johnson who was the only Sun Devil to finish with a double-double on the night.

On the UC Riverside side of the floor it was Kemie Nkele with 16 points followed by Seyram Gbewonyo, Chanel Foster and Brittany Waddel with nine points a piece. The Highlander's presence on the board was from Amber Cox who finished with a team-leading 10 boards.

The win helps ASU live another day and will face Louisville on Monday night after the Texas A&M vs. George Washington match-up at 5 pm PT.

Posted by Lara Boyko at 01:03 AM on March 18, 2007

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