Tempe, Ariz.----- The San Jose State University women's water polo team suffered its most one-sided defeat of the season in a 12-4 loss to Arizona State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match.
The #9-ranked Spartans (16-7, 0-3 MPSF) trailed the entire contest to the #6-ranked Sun Devils (14-4, 2-1 MPSF). San Jose State came within a goal twice in the second quarter, but Arizona State's Daisy Carter scored twice in a 38-second span near the end of the first half giving the Sun Devils a 6-3 lead. Carter finished the match with four goals matching teammate Petra Pardi for game-high scoring honors.
Fueled by Carter's second-half goals, the Sun Devils scored six more times before Rae Lekness of San Jose State closed out the match's scoring with a goal with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Clara Espar Llaquet, the Spartans' leading scorer and number-two overall in the MPSF, scored San Jose State's first goal of the match and her 70th of the season, but fouled out at 0:18 of the second quarter.
Arizona State goalkeeper E.B. Keeve was credited with a career-high 21 saves. San Jose State goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson stopped six shots.
The Spartans complete their three-game series at Arizona State with contests against unranked Redlands and Hartwick on March 22.
Score by Quarters
#9-San Jose State (16-7, 0-3 MPSF) 1-2-0-1=4
#6-Arizona State (14-4, 2-1 MPSF) 3-3-3-3=12
Arizona State - Daisy Carter, Petra Pardi, 4, each; Izabella Chiappini, 2; Lena Mhalovic, Alkistis Benekou, 1, each.
San Jose State - Katelynn Thompson - 6.
Arizona State - E.B. Keeve - 21.
San Jose State -13.
Arizona State - 3.