- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don’t expect Arizona State players to be hanging their heads when they get to the Pac-12 Tournament.

The ninth-ranked Sun Devils (25-5, 16-2) had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, losing 74-61 to No. 14 UCLA.

“If anything I think this game motivates us more,” said Quinn Dornstauder, who led the Sun Devils with 26 points. “Looking at the team after this game I wouldn’t say that it affects us negatively at all.

“If anything it will motivate us to push even harder.”

UCLA (22-7, 14-4) made things very difficult for the Sun Devils along the perimeter, limiting starting guards Katie Hempen, Arnecia Hawkins and Elisha Davis to 2-for-22 shooting from the field.

“I don’t think we took bad shots,” Arizona State Coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “I think we took shots we normally make at least a decent percentage of. But I thought we let our offense affect our defense, and the fouls that we got.”

Fouls got the better of the Davis and Hempen, each getting two in the first quarter. The Bruins turned a 10-9 deficit into a 38-25 lead with 1:22 left in the first half, with both guards on the bench the majority of the time.

“Katie and Elisha getting two fouls in the first quarter really hurt us,” Thorne said. “They got their lead when our starting backcourt was on the bench, and we were never able to completely recover.”

Hempen scored 12 points and Sophie Brunner added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who finished with a share of the league’s regular title with Oregon State.

Losing the last game of the regular season is not the worst thing, Thorn said.

“There’s lots to take from this game,” Thorne said. “I told them, ‘Better to lose now and look at some things hard.’ To make a deep run in the tournament or win next weekend we have to take better care of the ball. We have to execute better offensively. “

The Sun Devils have only five days to regroup. Fresh from an 18-game regular season, the Pac-12 Conference tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, with the NCAA tournament two weeks later.

“I think like every team at this point in the season everyone’s tired,” Dornstauder said. “I don’t think that’s unusual at all. You fight through that, and it comes down to who fights through that at end the end.”

TIP-INS

Arizona State: For seniors Davis, Eliza Norman, Hawkins and Peace Amukamara, this was their final regular-season game in a Sun Devil uniform.

UCLA: For seniors Fields and Kacy Swain, the game was their final regular-season game and final game at Pauley Pavilion in a Bruins uniform. The announced crowd for the matchup between ranked teams was 6,972.

OFFENSIVE GLASS

The Bruins managed nine offensive rebounds against the Sun Devils, who came into the game leading the Pac-12 in rebounding defense. Seven of those came in the second half as the Bruins were able to hold off ASU.

“Their rebounding was huge,” Dornstauder said. “Rebounding is always a key part of the game, and they did a really good job, and came up with some key rebounds.”

SHAKY START

The Bruins opened the game by missing their first six shots. They recovered by making 5 of their next 6. By halftime, they’d made 16 of 30 overall, taking a 38-25 lead on Billings’ jumper with 55 seconds left in the half.

UP NEXT

Arizona State: Pac-12 Tournament.

UCLA: Pac-12 Tournament.

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