Simon, Orsillo Lead Devils to Victory

The last two seasons the Arizona State Women's Basketball team was missing two key players both to devastating knee injuries. But now Dymond Simon and Danielle Orsillo both appear to be healthy and it showed in Sunday's 83-71 victory over the USC Women of Troy. The duo combined for half of ASU's points and were key during the stretch in which the Devils put USC away.

Once again ASU jumped out to a quick lead, but threes from Camille LeNoir, Ashley Corral and Heather Oliver cut the Devils lead to 10-9. The three point shot wasn't just a friend of the Women of Troy; the Devils joined the action as well.

Back to back threes by Dymond Simon stretched ASU's lead back up to seven at 30-23 with 1:35 to play in the first half. But Camille LeNoir answered with a long three and Kari LaPlante hit a shot to cut ASU's lead to three with 35 seconds to go in the half. ASU had several shots on their last possession of the half before Kirsten Thompson laid it up and in to give ASU a 32-27 lead at the break.

The Women of Troy knotted it up at 35 early in the second half thanks to five straight points from Brynn Cameron. The key down the stretch for ASU was the three pointer and their shooting allowed them to pull away from USC.

USC star Nadia Parker scored to cut ASU's lead to 42-41, but was quickly whistled for her fourth foul of the half and ASU rattled off a 9-0 run to build a ten point lead with ten minutes to play in the game.

ASU led by nine with 7:30 to go but the Women of Troy were in the double bonus and ASU took advantage with an 11-2 run to put the game away at 75-57. USC made a valiant effort to try and get back in the game, but ASU held on for an 83-71 victory.

For the second straight game, ASU led start to finish mostly due to their three point shooting. The Devils shot 53.3% (8 for 15) from beyond the arc, including three each from Orsillo and Simon.

Simon led the way for ASU with 22 points and Orsillo was right behind with 19 points of her own. Briann January struggled from the field, but was a perfect 8-8 from the line for her 11 points and added six assists. Sybil Dosty was the fourth Devil in double figures with 13 points and seven rebounds. Lauren Lacey grabbed 10 rebounds for the Devils.

The Devils will take their four game winning streak into the Duel in the Desert next Saturday when the Arizona Wildcats come to Wells Fargo Arena. The Wildcats are under first year coach Niya Butts and have struggled in Pac 10 play. Arizona fell 48-38 to UCLA on Saturday to drop the Wildcats to 0-6 in the Pac 10 and 7-10 overall. Tipoff is set for noon next Saturday.


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