No. 12 Sun Devils Battle Back To Down Huskies, 75-64
Feb. 1, 2007
SEATTLE (AP) - Reserves Jill Noe, Danielle Orsillo and Kate Engelbrecht combined for 35 points and keyed a second-half run that propelled No. 12 Arizona State to an 75-64 win over Washington on Thursday night.
Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne picked up her 100th Pac-10 Conference victory, becoming the sixth current Pac-10 coach to reach 100 wins. She is 100-92 in conference games with the Sun Devils.
Noe finished with 13 points, while Orsillo and Engelbrecht scored 11 apiece. Emily Westerberg added 10 points for Arizona State (20-3, 10-2 Pac-10), which rebounded from last weekend's overtime loss at home to No. 8 Stanford by holding Washington to 37 percent shooting and outscoring the Huskies 21-9 at the free-throw line.
Cameo Hicks led the Huskies (13-10, 6-6) with 16 points, but Washington's midseason slide continued. The Huskies lost for the sixth time in their last seven games, a skid that began with an 88-83 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 7. The Huskies dropped their sixth game to a ranked opponent this season.
Orsillo, Arizona State's second-leading scorer, hit a pair of challenging jumpers as part of a 15-4 run the Sun Devils made midway through the second half that finally shook the pesky Huskies.
The Sun Devils' lead grew to 13, but Washington made a final push to get within eight. Hicks' jumper then spun around the rim and out, and Westerberg converted a three-point play at the other end to put the game away.
Washington led by 10 early in the first half before its scoring struggles of the last three weeks returned. The Huskies went nearly 8 minutes with just two points. By the time Stefanie Clark slashed through the lane to score with 4:48 left in the half, the Sun Devils led 26-23.
Washington closed the half on a 8-2 run and Cheri Craddock's 18-footer with 5 seconds left gave the Huskies a 35-34 halftime lead.