Devils knocked out of league tournament

After winning round one of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, the Arizona State Sun Devils (20-10) faced the California Golden Bears (17-14, 7-11 Pac 10). During the season the Devils proved they could beat the Golden Bears but on Thursday afternoon in a very tight ball game, the Lady Devils lost 48-43 and now have to wait until Sunday to learn if they qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

The Devils came out hot in the beginning of the first half and took a 7-2 lead, but early in the half lost their momentum and allowed Cal to grab the lead, 16-14 with 9:20 left. The Bears were in control the rest of the way, but not being able to shake off ASU they held just a 27-23 lead at halftime.

The second half was an offensive struggle for both teams, which ultimately led to the upset win by Cal. With 4:28 left in the contest, the Bears led 45-37. Yet, a 6-0 run by ASU cut the deficit to two points with 47 seconds left. That was as close as the maroon and gold would get all day to completing the comeback.

Becca Tobin was the only ASU player in double figures with 10 points, and the Sun Devils shot just 36.2 percent from the field. The Sun Devils ties the Bears with 23 rebounds apiece, but committed 22 turnovers to Cal's 13. Senior Dymond Simon had a forgettable game with six points converting just 1 of 10 field goals.

The Lady Sun Devils' 20-10 mark is believed to be enough to hear their name called on selection Sunday, but there will be probably some anxious moments in Tempe until that announcement is made.


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