Buzzer beater victory for Sun Devils

Coming off of a tough loss to Stanford, the Lady Sun Devils (13-7, 5-5 Pac-10) were looking to get back into the wining column when they faced California (14-7, 6-4 Pac-10). Once ASU played without leading scorer Dymond Simon, yet her replacement Deja Mann did just fine in relief hitting a game winning three-point shot as time expires to capture a dramatic 45-44 win.

A "speechless" ASU head coach Charli Turner Throne was naturally elated with his team's heart stopping victory.

"This is a good old fashion Sun Devil win," she said. "This is what we build our program on, staying with things and a positive attitude and hard nose defense. This was a win by committee. Everyone that played contributed. California is a really good team and they have been on a roll. They really did it, and I am so happy for them".

The first half was a very slow period for the Sun Devils in terms of offense. Their shot selection was very poor converting at just 17 percent and making only one trip to the free throw line. After scoring 4 points in the first 10 minutes of the game Turner Thorne changed her lineup interesting taller players to combat Cal's strong zone defense. Kali Bennett was able to respond off the bench, but ASU's 14 turnovers prevented them for claiming the lead as they trailed 18-13 at halftime.

The second half saw ASU shooting at a torrid 54.2 percent but were trailing the visitors for nearly the entire period. Kimberly Brandon hit a game tying three pointer to tie it up 42-42 with 1:13 left, and Mann's desperation shot beyond the arc was ultimately the difference this afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

"I was stunned," Mann admitted. "I was trying to avoid (the defender) and (the shot) felt so soft. I didn't think it would touch the rim and then it just went in. I still cannot believe it".

"Mann does make the most game winning shots in practice might I add", Turner Thorne noted. "They really did it. I have so happy for them. Without Dymond and Joy (Burke) this game makes it that much more meaningful".

Becca Tobin led all players with 14 points and along with Kali Bennett's 11 points were the only ASU players in double figures.

After such an amazing victory, the Lady Sun Devils travel south to play their rivals University of Arizona on Sunday February 13th at 2:00pm.


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