Lady Devils Ease to Sixth Straight Win

Just a short time ago, the Arizona State Women's basketball team was fresh off of two heartbreaking losses and searching for their identity. The Devils took another step toward finding their identity on Thursday with their sixth straight victory, this time a 66-47 victory over Washington State, thanks to a career night from Becca Tobin.

A common theme in this winning streak for the Devils has been a hot start and today was no different. ASU (14-6, 6-2 Pac 10) jumped out to an early 8-0 run that saw four different Sun Devils score to start the game. The Cougars (8-11, 1-7 Pac 10) started with seven straight turnovers and ASU held the Cougars scoreless for the first five minutes. A three by Briann January gave ASU an 11-2 lead.

Sybil Dosty would give ASU its biggest lead of the half by knocking down two free throws with four minutes to play in the first. But the Cougars wouldn't let the Sun Devils pull away before the break. Washington State closed the half on a 7-2 run and the Devils lead was cut to 30-23 at half.

Jazmine Perkins layup just 13 seconds into the second half cut ASU's lead to five. Dymond Simon's jumper pushed that lead back to 12 with 18:24 left, but a 6-0 Washington State run cut the lead to 37-31 with 13:50 left.

Right when the Cougars were climbing back into the game, Tobin led her team to the knockout punch. The sophomore forward started the run with an old fashioned three point play and scored nine of her career-high 13 points during the 23-4 ASU run that took a six point game and turned it into a 60-35 Sun Devil lead with 6:31 to play.

Tobin and Dymond Simon were the only Devils in double figures with 13 and 14 points apiece. The duo scored 21 of their 27 points in the decisive second half and shot 12 of 16 from the field and Washington State couldn't stop the inside and outside threats. Lauren Lacey and Briann January each added eight points apiece and January dished out five assists.

ASU's defense continued to be superb, forcing 27 Cougar turnovers and limited Washington State to 33.3% shooting in the second half. The Sun Devils scored 25 points off of Washington State turnovers and outscored the Cougars 36-20 in the paint.

The Devils will have a quick turnaround in the normally tough Washington swing. The Devils will travel to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies (5-13, 1-7 Pac 10) on Saturday at 1PM. The game can be seen on FSN nationally. The Huskies fell 65-51 on Thursday to Arizona, giving the Wildcats their first Pac-10 victory of the season.


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