"For this team to come out and compete like they did against a very, very good Arizona State team, I don't think Arizona State knew what hit them," said Washington Head Coach Tia Jackson, "A credit to these young ladies on it being a tremendous team effort today."
Turnovers and missed shots allowed Washington to start off on a 6-2 run. The Huskies held the lead for the better part of the first half. The Sun Devils took their first lead of the game when Kimberly Brandon hit a layup with 6:54 to play in the first half. Sybil Dosty's layup with 5:26 left in the half gave ASU a 21-19 lead that they would not relinquish.
Dymond Simon's jumper capped the half on a 20-10 run for ASU and sent them into the locker room up 39-29. Simon scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the opening half.
Out of the locker room, a three by Briann January gave ASU a 46-31 lead with 17:52 to play in the game. A three point play by Nia Fanaika made it 49-31. Kirstin Thompson's jumper gave ASU a 20 point lead, but Washington wouldn't go away.
"I think even more important was the way we started the second half," said Jackson, "We didn't come out guns a blazing and then let that lead build. That was the more noticeable change in us instead of going into the half. We could make those adjustments going into the half based on their run but coming out we wanted to send a message and it took us about two or three minutes to get going there."
A three pointer by Sammi Whitcomb cut ASU's lead to 11 with 10:36 to play. Whitcomb hit another jumper with 9:02 to play and ASU's lead was suddenly down to single digits.
Simon and the Devils were too tough down the stretch and didn't allow Washington to get closer than nine. ASU iced it from the free throw line and ended the game 5-6 from the free throw line.
Simon led four Devils in double figures with 17. Sybil Dosty added 13 points, January added 12 and Danielle Orsillo chipped in 11. Simon added six assists to go along with her points and Dosty grabbed nine rebounds.
Washington fell to the Sun Devils for the ninth straight time and the Huskies' eight game losing streak is the worst in program history.
The Devils will look to push their win streak to eight games when they return to Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday to take on the Oregon Ducks (8-12, 4-5 Pac 10). The Devils tore apart the Ducks 81-53 on January 10th in Eugene. Tipoff is at 6:30 PM on Thursday.