Pellington's 30 Points Not Enough as No. 6 Arizona Falls at ASU
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jade Loville scored 27 points, Mael Gilles added 19 and two big free throws, and Arizona State withstood a late rally to knock off No. 6 Arizona 81-77 Friday night.
The Sun Devils (12-8, 4-3 Pac-12) dominated through three quarters, building a 14-point lead while keeping the Wildcats mostly in check.
Arizona (17-4, 7-4 Pac-12) rallied behind its defense, holding Arizona State without a field goal for nearly five minutes to cut the lead to three. Arizona State answered with a quick 8-0 run to go up 78-75 with 1 :25 left, but Arizona's Shaina Pellington hit two free throws and scored in transition after an Arizona State turnover to cut the lead to one.
The Sun Devils missed two shots on the next possession and Arizona got the ball to Pellington, but she was called for an offensive foul.
Giles then hit two free throws and Pellilngton shot an airball 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. Loville sealed it by hitting 1 of 2 free throws. Arizona State went 31 for 34 from the free-throw line in a foul-filled game.
Pellington finished with 30 points and Cate Reese added 18 for Arizona.
Arizona moved up two spots in this week's AP Top 25 following lopsided wins over No. 24 Oregon and Oregon State last week.
Arizona State also has a bit of confidence after beating the Wildcats 66-64 in overtime last season in Tempe and sweeping the Oregon schools last week.
The Sun Devils carried it over into the start against their rivals behind Loville.
The Boise State transfer hit all four of her shots to score 12 points in the first quarter, and Arizona State turned six offensive rebounds into eight second-chance points.
The Sun Devils shut the Wildcats down and had a good offensive flow in the second quarter, using a 12-0 run to take a 42-34 halftime lead.
Arizona found a better offensive rhythm in the third quarter and tried to make a run at the Sun Devils, but was still down 61-52 despite hitting 6 of 12 shots.
The Wildcats had one last run in them.
Arizona turned up the defensive pressure and Pellington scored six straight points to cut Arizona State's lead to three. Reese hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup on consecutive possessions to put the Wildcats up 73-70.
Arizona had numerous defensive breakdowns and was outrebounded by 15 to lose for the fourth time this season.
Arizona State grinded the game down the way it needed to and crushed the Wildcats on the glass to win its second straight rivalry game in Tempe.
The desert rivals meet again Sunday in Tucson.
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