Lady Sun Devils win a nail biter

Following a disappointing loss to Washington State all Arizona State (11-5, 3-3 Pac-10) wanted was a win, no matter how ugly it was. Their 52-49 victory tonight against Washington (7-9, 2-5 Pac-10) wasn't a thing of beauty but was just what the doctor ordered.

"We were much more aggressive on defense tonight and it made the difference," said ASU guard Dymond Simon who paced here team with 13 points. "We used the practice time to improve we are focusing more on our defense more. Everything is going to just fall into place and tonight we showed want team we can be".

Coming out both teams looked strong and fast early in the first half. For the most part the Sun Devils controlled that period with relative ease and were able to maintain the lead for the entire first half. With Simon at point guard the senior did a good job controlling the team and knew when to pick up the tempo or calm her younger teammates down.

The first half was the most aggressive the Devils have played all year, but there also seemed to be animosity between the two teams as they were 19 fouls called between both the Sun Devils and the Huskies. Deja Mann started to emerge in the first half as another point scorer for the lady devils as she scored 6 points in that period. Alongside Simon and Tenaya Watson, Mann gave the Devils more depth off the bench and helps the Devils in transition and getting easy points.

With the score tied up at 21 all with 2:50 left in the half, the Devils went on a 6-0 run to go the rest of the half and lead of 27-21.

In the second half the Devils' aggressive play did more harm than good. The Huskies were able to collect easy points from the free throw line and took the lead with nine minutes left in the game. Washington led 44-40 when Simon sparked a 7-0 run scoring two breakaway layups and a three-pointer that gave the team the lead for good and have ASU a precious comeback victory.

"We are going to have to bring it and tonight we brought it," said head coach Charlie Turner-Thorne. "We wanted two things tonight a victory and we wanted to prove to ourselves that we can work our tails off on defense."

The Lady Sun Devils travel to Southern California for their next game on Thursday January 27th against UCLA at 7pm P.T.

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