No. 3 Arizona State 83, No. 6 Washington 64
March 8, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Third-seeded Arizona State got balanced scoring in a quarterfinal victory over sixth-seeded Washington in Saturday's first game at HP Pavilion. ASU (21-9) advanced to Sunday's semifinal, while UW ends its season with a 13-18 record. All five Sun Devils' starters scored in double figures, led by forward Sybil Dosty's game-high 17 points and senior guard Briann January's 13. ASU, which swept UW in three games this season, produced its second-best scoring output of the year.
Dosty also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season; ASU won the rebounding battle, 41-30. Six-foot-six junior center Kirsten Thompson came off ASU's bench to contribute a game-high three blocks. UW had three players score in double figures, led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon with 15 points. She also grabbed nine boards.
The Huskies made a game of it in the second half despite being down 21 points at the break. They cut Arizona State's eventual 22-point lead down to nine twice, at 65-56 and at 67-58, when sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan converted a layup with 3:36 remaining. But the Huskies would get no closer.
Washington shot 45 percent in the opening period, but took just 20 shots to ASU's 33 and lost the turnover battle, 12-4. The Sun Devils also held a 17-12 advantage on the boards. ASU led by six when Washington's Emily Florence went to the bench with two fouls at the 9:57 mark. UW's senior guard did not return before halftime, and the Sun Devils extended their lead to 43-22 at the break. Florence was scoreless for the game, shooting 0-of-5, and made a game-high six turnovers in her last game for Washington.