Lady Devils Earn hard Fought Victory

The Arizona State Sun Devils had to come back on the road, defeating the Washington Huskies, 75-64. With this win Coach Turner Thorne reached her 100th Pac-10 Conference Victory, becoming one of only six current Pac-10 coaches to accomplish this goal.

Though Washington took a commanding lead within the first five minutes of the game, ASU crept in and kept the score close until late in the second half. ASU was able to catch their opponent on the boards but trailed at half time, 35-34. Their first lead came at 7:33 mark of the second half when Jill Noe hit two consecutive free throws, followed by a three-pointer less than a minute later.

With a game high 13 points, Noe played a good offense along with Kate Engelbrecht and Danielle Orsillo, both with 11 points each. Emily Westerberg reached a game high seven rebounds and added ten more points on the board, while Briann January grabbed seven assists.

The Huskies had high hitters on the boards as well; Cameo Hicks knocked in 16 points, followed by Jill Bell and Dominique Banks, with 10 each.

ASU, who has recently had lower field goal averages, hit a 43% average in the first half and increased to 57% in the second, compared to Washington at a 37% game average.

The game clincher for ASU was grabbing 21 free throws compared with Washington's nine. Fouling is a significant part of basketball and tonight this put the Lady Devils in a position to take the win.

This Saturday ASU will face another away game, this time against Washington State.

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