Lady Devils Win Last Pac-10 Home Game

Arizona State seniors Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg took to the court today in their last home game and help defeat the Oregon State Beavers, 78-63.

Johnson, who scored a career-high 27 points this evening, hit 80% of her attempted field goals and was perfect from the line; while Westerberg knocked in 10 points and six rebounds. "Our team set me up," said Johnson, "We (including Emily) wanted to make our last memory here a positive one."

Kirsten Thompson also played well finishing with 17 points and Jill Noe grabbed 11 assists.

The Devils, who kept Oregon State from scoring for over two minutes in the first half, immediately broke away with a commanding lead. However, it was their free throw accuracy that widened the gap on the boards, accounting for 12 successful points in the first half, leading 46-35.

The second half began slowly with each team completing only two shots in the first five minutes. However, the momentum increased as the Beavers keyed in on players and became more aggressive on defense in an effort to narrow the gap.

Oregon State senior Casey Nash finished with a team-high 24 points, while Jasmine Smith and Judie Lomax each grabbed 10.

"They're young so they haven't closed many games," said ASU Coach Charli Turner-Thorne. "But they're competing."

In the second half, a steal by Kate Engelbrecht followed by a smooth pass to Westerberg and then to Johnson for the lay-up with less than four minutes to play, excited the fans as they rose to their feet.

Though Westerberg and Johnson were emotional, they went out and played a passionate game of basketball. "For the past ten years we've been able to play together . . . and it couldn't be better," said Johnson. "It's sad, but exciting and [we] have a lot of things to look forward to."

The remaining schedule for the Arizona State brings them to Los Angeles and Tucson to face off against USC, UCLA and Arizona respectively.

"I want to thank our fans," said Coach Turner-Thorne. "When I got here 11 years ago I could count them on one hand." Now ASU has one of the highest attendance rates in the Women's NCAA. "They've meant so much to our program."

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