ASU takes down high paced Oregon

After a tight low scoring game win against Oregon State, ASU (10-2, 2-0 Pac-10) knew that they had to also slow down a fast paced Oregon (9-3, 0-1 Pac-10) squad. Mission accomplished, as the Lady Sun Devils forced the Ducks into a season-low in scoring prevailing 86-67 Sunday evening at Wells Fargo Arena.

The game was evenly played for the first several minutes and was tied at 15-15 with 13:11 to go in the half. An 8-0 run gave the hosts a 23-15 edge three minutes later, and ASU was able to hold its ground the rest of the period going down to the locker room with a 47-37 halftime lead.

The Lady Sun Devils did not let up in the second half leading the Ducks by 10 points, 56-46, at the 15:30 mark. More importantly, they held the Ducks to 33.3 percent shooting in the last twenty minutes. For most of the second half ASU's lead never dipped below double digits, and with 5:39 left in the contest they enjoyed their biggest advantage, 79-54 cruising to their seventh straight victory this season.

Becca Tobin who was scoreless against Oregon State posted 12 points tonight for the Devils. Tobin, who is a senior has been in double figure scoring each time she has faced Oregon during her ASU tenure "Tonight was fun," she acknowledged. "We hit their pressure and people got open. Last game the zone never opened up in the middle for us".

In the middle of the second half Kali Bennett left the game due to a back spasm and did not return. Head Coach Charlie Turner-Thorne said "it is nothing serious."

Kimberly Brandon led ASU with 19 points and 12 rebounds, recording her third career double-double. On the season the junior is averaging 12 points and 9.4 per game, while shooting 58.7 percent throughout the season. Again tonight she recorded her third career double-double. "She is a dominant player in the Pac-10," Turner-Thorne stated. "She has put in the work, she really wants it."

The league's leading scorer Amanda Johnson scored only 6 points tonight for the Ducks, and was limited to 3 of 11 from the field. Brandon said the strategy for tonight was "good team defense, we needed to lock her down."

Dymond Simon scored 15 points for ASU.

After a less than impressive performance against Oregon State, Turner-Thorne exclaimed after tonight's game: "that is more like it. I love how this team responses, they came back and it was a great team win."

Heading into next game at California Tobin knows that her team "plays good on the road too, the beginning (of the season) really prepared us." Tip-off at Berkeley is scheduled for Thursday at 8pm.

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