The big three shine for Sun Devils

The Lady Sun Devils (14-8, 6-6 Pac10) traveled to Seattle looking to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Arizona last Sunday. The ASU women won 12 of their 13 meeting s Washington to face Huskies (10-12, 5-8 Pac10) and tonight that trend continued as they beat the Huskies again, 71-63.

In the first half the Lady Devils didn't show any hangover effect after that loss to their rival and came out focused and ready to play. In her second game back from her injury, senior Dymond Simon was yet again at her best hitting big shots. Becca Tobin also made a statement in the first half being able to make her high percentage shots and playing solid defense, as well as Kimberly Brandon who made all four of her field goal attempts. Their contributions helped ASU to a commanding 33-21 lead at halftime.

Coach Charlie Turner Thorne talked all year about finishing basketball games and this game the squad definitely did exactly that. The Huskies did cut down ASU's lead to 39-36, with 13:14 remaining. Yes the visitors never gave up their lead and with 5:16 remaining had a comfortable 55-45 lead. What undoubtedly sealed the deal for ASU was their 82 percent shooting from the free throw line in the second half, as they scored 14 of their last 16 points from the charity stripe.

Tobin recorded her first double-double of the season, with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Simon (16 points, 5-9 from three-point range) and Brandon (13 points, nine rebounds), were the only other players scoring in double figures for ASU. The visitors shot 49 percent from the field, and their defense allowed Washington to shoot only at a 37 percent clip.

Next up for ASU is a meeting with the Washington State Cougars Saturday in Pullman at 1pm P.T.

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