November 12, 2004

BATON ROUGE, La. - Kristen Kovesdy scored 16 points and Kylan Loney added 12 as Arizona State beat Virginia 60-50 Thursday night to earn a berth in the championship game of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic tournament.

The Sun Devils (1-0) will meet No. 3 LSU in the championship game tonight, while Virginia will play Maine in a consolation contest. LSU crushed Maine, 81-50, on Thursday night.

The win over the Cavaliers (0-1) continues an impressive streak for the Sun Devils. Under ninth-year coach Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State has now won eight of its last nine season openers.

Brandi Teamer led the Cavaliers with 18 points, and nine rebounds and Jocelyn Logan-Friend added 10 points.

Trailing 8-6 with 15:02 left in the first half, a 15-4 Sun Devils run gave ASU a 21-12 lead that they would not relinquish.

Virginia cut the Sun Devils’ lead to 46-40 with seven minutes left, but Arizona State scored six of the next eight points to put the game away.

Poor shooting plagued Virginia throughout the game. The Cavaliers shot 34 percent for the game, including 27.6 percent in the first half.

The teams combined for 53 turnovers.

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