Arizona State opens NCAAs with 74-52 win over NM State
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Katie Hempen opened the game with two 3-pointers and made all six of her attempts to score 20 points, helping Arizona State run away from New Mexico 74-52 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
The No. 2 seed in the Sioux Falls Region, Arizona State (26-6) bounced back from a pair of losses to end the season with a dominating performance in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils shot 54 percent, made 7 of 15 from 3-point range and hounded the 15th-seeded Aggies into one mistake after another.
Elisha Davis added 13 points and six assists for Arizona State, which moves on to face No. 7 seed Tennessee in Sunday's second round.
New Mexico State (26-5) struggled with the Sun Devils' pressure, finishing with 21 turnovers that led to 26 points for Arizona State.
Sasha Weber had 18 points to lead the Aggies, who were 4 for 20 from the 3-point arc.