ASU women pull away late, beat UA 57-49

Earl provides Sun Devils a late spark

Box Score

TEMPE

— Arizona State used a 27-9 second half scoring stretch to erase a

8-point deficit and hand visiting Arizona a 57-49 defeat on Saturday

afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

UA

was the better team for the first 30 minutes of the game, dominating on

the boards and holding a 38-30 lead with 10:22 to play after a free

throw by Soana Lucet. However, the Wildcats would score just 11 points

the rest of the way.

Back-to-back

three-pointers by Alex Earl provided the finishing touches on a 10-0

run by the Sun Devils over 2:06, turning the 8-point deficit into a

40-38 advantage. Reiko Thomas broke the drought with a driving lay-up

and the teams traded baskets to the 4:06 mark before the Sun Devils

pulled away.

Earl

drained her third trey of the half that spurred a 13-3 run that helped

Arizona State claim a 10-point lead. The Wildcats made just 1-of-9

shots over the final four minutes while adding a single free throw by

Lucet that drew Arizona within 49-45 with 1:51 remaining.

Lucet

missed the second of her two attempts, but Ibekwe grabbed the rebound.

However, Davellyn Whyte missed a short jumper, then Ashley Frazier was

off on a three-point attempt after a steal by Lucet.

Becca

Tobin, Danielle Orsillo and Janae Fulcher had 10 points apiece to lead

ASU (16-9, 8-6). Orsillo had a game-high 5 assists while Tobin pulled

down a team-leading 7 rebounds.

Lucet

led the Wildcats with 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds while

Whyte had 10 points, but was just 2-of-18 from the field. Ibekwe led

all players with 17 rebounds.

UA (13-12, 6-8) is back home for its final homestand of the season on Thursday, Feb. 25 starting with California at 7:00 p.m.