Arizona women stun No. 11 ASU for first conference win

TUCSON, Ariz. — Senior Carissa Crutchfield scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Arizona women’s basketball team (5-18, 1-11) to a stunning 68-49 win over No. 11 Arizona State (20-4, 9-3), giving the Wildcats their first conference win of the season.

It was also the Cats’ first win over their in-state rival since February 13, 2011, and their first over a ranked team since January 16, 2005 (No. 19 UCLA).

"We played 40 minutes together today," Crutchfield said. "We knew we needed to play together to win today, and we definitely did that."

Senior Erica Barnes joined Crutchfield in double figures with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Barnes also grabbed five rebounds and posted a season-high three steals.

"Erica Barnes was fantastic for us," Arizona coach Niya Butts said. "She came into the game and went to work immediately on the inside. We went to her and we said we had to make plays in there, and she accepted the challenge."

Arizona sophomore Keyahndra Cannon added nine points, freshman Breanna Workman seven and junior Candice Warthen, senior Kama Griffitts and freshman LaBrittney Jones six apiece.  

Workman led the Wildcats in rebounding with six while Griffitts recorded a team-high five assists.

"I think they really wanted this game," Butts said. "They got a feeling of what it would be like if they won the game in the first half, and they just didn’t want to lose. I thought that each one of them stepped up to the plate, and were determined to not be the one that made a mistake. Credit goes out to all seven of them."

Senior Deja Mann led the Sun Devils with 15 points and four rebounds. Freshman forward Kelsey Moos had a team-leading seven rebounds to go along with six points.

"I don’t think we were all there, period,” said ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne. "It wasn’t that we took UA lightly, because we know how big of a game this is. We know there are no easy games in our conference. But for whatever reasons, we just did not bring the effort or the focus. We were not taking things away and we were not connected defensively. We let Arizona get comfortable and do the things that they wanted to do. Offensively, we weren’t connected or executing our plays. The focus was just not there."

As a team, Arizona shot 55 percent from the field on 28-of-51 shooting and committed 13 turnovers to ASU’s 20. The Wildcats scored 36 points in the paint to the Sun Devils’ 18 and scored 20 points off turnovers.

In addition, Arizona’s two-player bench outscored ASU’s six-player bench 23-15.

"We pulled together, played together and stayed together," Barnes said. "It feels really good. We showed everybody today what we are capable of doing. I plan on us to keep playing like this and to keep winning."