The Lady Devils traveled a long distance to Brookings, S.D. and it was a trip worthwhile. ASU won its fourth consecutive contest beating South Dakota State 63-52.
(6-2) was blazing hot in the first half shooting 51.7 percent from the field but managed just a halftime lead of 36-32 over South Dakota State (4-5). Tenaya Watson, who due to an ankle injury played in just one half in the game last Saturday against Colorado State
, started for ASU and had 6 points and 4 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Kimberly Brandon's 8 points during that period was also crucial in ASU's effort to protect their slim lead.
Both teams shot an identical 26.7 percent from the field in the second stanza and were neck and neck throughout that frame. ASU never relinquished its lead, but the hosts were knocking on the door and trailed just 53-51 with 5:48 remaining.
Nonetheless, the Sun Devils went on 10-1 run to end the game and hold off the Jackrabbits and gain a precious road victory.
ASU's Dymond Simon led all players with 15 points, 10 of them coming in the second half. The senior has now led the team in scoring six times this year. Janae Fulcher was the other ASU player in double figures with 10 points.
The Sun Devils were 6 of 12 from three-point territory. They committed 18 turnovers while forcing the Jackrabbits into 22 turnovers. South Dakota State was paced by Jill Young's 10 points.
ASU returns home to host DePaul, who upset second-ranked Stanford 91-71 on Thursday night. Tip-off from Wells Fargo Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.