Devils lock 3rd place with a win

Arizona State (19-9, 11-7 Pac-10) traveled to Corvallis, Oregon to play the Oregon State Beavers (9-20, 2-16 Pac-10) in the last regular season game of the year knowing a victory would assure them a 3rd place finish in the league. In a close game, the Lady Devil's finished strong in another great win as the beat the Beavers 59-54.

In the first half, the Devils were very productive on offense. Taking good shots and converting from the three-point line was their key to success in the first half. Shooting both 50% from the field and also beyond the arc. However, their defensive intensity did match the offensive effort and ASU held a modest 31-27 edge at halftime.

The Lady Sun Devil opened the second half in strong fashion, gaining their biggest lead, 35-27, with just a minute and half gone in the period. However, for the rest of the half ASU wasn't able to expand that lead and found themselves ultimately staving off several comeback attempts by the hosts. The Beavers missed eight free throws in the second stanza, but with 53 seconds left in the contest trailed just 55-54.

Tenaya Watson who had 14 points for the maroon and gold, hit four free throws down the stretch to secure a precious road victory. This was the first double digit scoring game for Watson. ASU was paced by Kimberly Brandon's 15 points. Both players accounted for 21 of ASU's 28 points in the second half. This victory moved Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne into third place on the Pac-10's all-time wins list with 288. She is tied former Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini.

ASU begins play in the Pac-10 Tournament on Wednesday March the 9th.

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