Sun Devils Outlast Wildcats, 73-67
Jan. 24, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Junior forward Becca Tobin hit two free throws with 44.9 seconds left to help Arizona State hold off host Arizona, 73-67, Sunday afternoon in McKale Center.
Arizona State pulled away after the teams played to seven ties and five lead changes through the first 25 minutes of play, using a 11-0 run over 3:10 to claim a 55-44 lead.
The Wildcats converted just a pair of free throws by Reiko Thomas as they went without a field goal for over five minutes and committed three turnovers.
On the other end, the Sun Devils made four-straight shots, then had Danielle Orsillo knock down a jumper after grabbing two offensive rebounds that gave the visitors a lead they would not relinquish.
Arizona battled back from the game-high 11-point deficit, climbing to within three points on three occasions in the final three minutes.
After the two free throws by Tobin, Davellyn Whyte answered with a pair of her own, then swiped the inbounds pass from Kayli Murphy. However, Murphy returned the favor as Whyte tried to dish the ball inside to Ify Ibekwe.
Murphy, Tenaya Watson and Tobin all hit two free throws, respectively, to ice the 8th-straight win in the series for Arizona State and 10th win in the last 11 meetings.
The Sun Devils used a distinct height advantage inside to post a 48-36 rebounding edge that included 21 offensive boards. Arizona State turned those into 20 second chance points.
Arizona was also victimized by 17 turnovers that Arizona State turned into 20 more points. The Sun Devils used their pressure defense to tally 14 steals while also recording 8 blocked shots.
Tobin led the way for Arizona State with 19 points, making 9-of-10 free throws, while also grabbing 9 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Orsillo chipped in with 16 points while Watson was 5-of-6 from the field and added 14 points, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots.
Ibekwe led all players with 25 points and 16 rebounds for Arizona, making 10-of-15 from the field. Whyte tossed in 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, but the rest of the Wildcats combined to shoot just 4-for-25 (.160).
Arizona (9-8, 3-4) wraps up the first half of Pac-10 play in northern California, starting its two-game road swing with California on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Postgame press conference