Though there were four turnovers (one by ASU) before the first point was scored by Sun Devil senior Emily Westerberg at the 17:40 mark, the game was moving at a fast pace until the second half.
With ASU in the lead by a small margin at the half, 28-24, the teams continued to offensively challenge one another. However, with Cal racking up 17 personal fouls in those last 20 minutes and ASU following with 12, the teams struggled to get into any kind of good rhythm.
"We were not getting into a flow," said ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne. "I definitely credit Cal for that. . . We couldn't really get over that hump."
However, late in the game Jill Noe was able to pick up two crowd pleasing three-pointers in under three minutes and lead the Lady Devils with 19 points for the game. Meanwhile Westerberg continued to hit good shots and totaled 11 points in the second half, finishing with 15.
"She is a go-getter," said Westerberg of Noe, "Jill gets us all fired up and we worked off her energy today." Noe is now tied at 6th place with former Sun Devil Kristine Sand (1997-2000) with a career high 91 three pointers.
"I just go out and shoot the ball," said Noe. "I like to shoot the three."
Although Cal maintained a higher field goal percentage rate than ASU, 44-40% respectively, ASU shot 83% from the free throw line compared to Cal's 48%. The hosts had a decisive 41-26 advantage on the boards.
The Bears, who have not had five consecutive wins since 2004-05 non-conference season, challenged the Devils defensively, playing their top scorers for a minimum 30 minutes of the game. Sophomore Ashley Walker scored 20 points, grabbing 12 in the first period, while sophomore Devanei Hampton hit for 15.
This was the first game since the ACL injury to teammate Dymond Simon and ASU seemed to adjust well. "It feels like she's out there with us," said Westerberg. "We can hear her on the bench."
ASU, who wore pink shoe laces this evening in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, have won their last 22 Pac-10 home games since the 2003-04 season.
Next, the Lady Devils will face No. 9 Stanford in a televised game, noon on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. Hey will attempt to continue their seven-game winning streak since their loss to this Pac-10 team.
"It will be a great, great contest with two of the best teams in the nation," said Coach Turner Thorne. "It's going to be a fun game. We'll be excited."
Coach Turner Thorne needs only one more Pac-10 win to reach 100 for her career.
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