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No. 15 ASU Comes From Behind To Edge Beavers

Jan 31, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Oregon State women’s basketball team held an eight-point halftime lead and shot 48 percent from the floor, but a frantic final 90 seconds saw No. 15 Arizona State erase a seven-point deficit and the Sun Devils eked out a 64-62 win over the Beavers in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday night.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck said. “We battled foul trouble and adversity all day. I don’t think Arizona State as a team can be understated. That’s a really good basketball team and there is a reason they’re ranked 15th in the country. This young team took them to the wire and gave themselves a chance to win it.”

ASU (18-3, 7-2) tied the game for the third and final time, 50-50, by hitting a jumper with 10 minutes remaining. Over the next eight minutes scoring was at a premium. Only 13 combined points were put up until 1:42 was left in the game.

The Beavers (12-9, 4-5) scored 10 of those baker’s dozen and, after leading by as many as 13 in the first half, stretched their advantage back out to seven, 60-53, with time winding down. Sydney Wiese made a layup high off the glass with her right hand to give her team that edge, but fouled out fighting through a screen on ASU’s next possession.

Adrianne Thomas made both free throws for the Sun Devils, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, was fouled and made two more from the line. Khadidja Toure was freed up by screens from Deven Hunter and Ruth Hamblin and answered with a layup for Oregon State at the other end to put the Beavers on top, 62-57 with 1:13 to go.

Following a Sun Devil timeout, Oregon State’s defense forced ASU to scramble and with the shot clock winding down Deja Mann hit a three-pointer with a hand in her face to pull Arizona State within two, 62-60, with 50 ticks left. It was ASU’s first and only successful three-pointer of the night.

An OSU turnover led to a game-tying layup from Arizona State with 34 seconds on the clock and the Sun Devils recorded their 10th steal soon thereafter. Promise Amukamara was fouled and made 1-of-2 at the line to give ASU its first lead since it was 8-7 with 15:46 left in the first half.

Gabriella Hanson secured the defensive rebound on the miss and Jamie Weisner appeared to get a good look from the middle of the key, but her shot was a bit long. ASU was fouled, split its free throws yet again, and then tipped the long Beavers’ inbounds pass out in front of OSU’s bench.

After an official review, Oregon State had a sideline out-of-bounds opportunity with 1.2 seconds to go. Hanson inbounded the ball to Weisner, who took one dribble to the wing and lofted her game-winning attempt toward the rim. Her shot hit back iron as time expired.

ASU, which is now 9-0 in games decided by five points or less and/or overtime, finished the final 10 minutes going 3-of-15 from the field while Oregon State was 5-of-13 over the same stretch following the 50-50 tie. For the game, the Beavers shot 48 percent (24-of-50) while Arizona State hit 30.4 percent (21-of-69) of its attempts.

The Sun Devils pulled down 22 offensive rebounds, which accounted for their nearly 20 more shot opportunities. ASU also forced 23 turnovers and outscored Oregon State 25-3 off such miscues. Arizona State was 21-of-27 from the line to just 7-of-12 for OSU, which made up for the Beavers’ 18-point advantage from behind the arc. Oregon State was 7-of-12 from three-point range while ASU was 1-for-6.

Oregon State raced out to a 20-8 lead courtesy of a 13-0 run over two minutes and 37 seconds in the early stages of the game. The Beavers hit on eight of their first nine attempts and went nearly eight minutes, from 19:14 to 11:37 without missing a shot.  

Early foul trouble kept Weisner and Wiese off the court for large portions of the first half. Wiese was limited to a season-low 20 minutes. Ruth Hamblin was also whistled for her fourth foul with 8:56 left in the game and was forced to sit the next four minutes.

OSU returns to action on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT when it plays at Arizona in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.