TEMPE, Ariz. – Jasmine Dixon had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 11 UCLA past Arizona State 61-45 on Saturday night, the Bruins' ninth win in their last 10 games.
Atonye Nyingifa had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins (24-3, 14-2 Pac-10), who have already clinched second place in the conference and a spot in the tournament semifinals on March 11. Darxia Morris added 13 points and four assists, and the Bruins outrebounded the Sun Devils 45-30. .
Becca Tobin had 10 points and six rebounds to lead third-place Arizona State (17-9, 9-7), which had won three straight. The Sun Devils lead Arizona and Southern California by one game with two games left in the regular season.
Nyingifa keyed a 17-0 run early the second half after Arizona State had tied it at 28-all with 17:11 remaining. She completed a three-point play, had a layup off a pass from Markel Walker and capped the run that gave UCLA a 45-28 lead with 12:32 left.
Arizona State never got closer than 11 after that decisive 5-minute stretch.
The Bruins' full-court press was trouble for the Sun Devils, who only shot 30 percent (17 of 56) from the field.
Dixon scored 10 points as UCLA took a 24-21 lead that could have been more lopsided with the Bruins holding a 22-13 advantage in rebounds. However, the Bruins committed 12 turnovers, which Arizona State turned into 12 points to help keep the Sun Devils close.