For the 18th-ranked Tigers, it was their second win vs. a nationally-ranked team in the finals of a tournament this season. A week earlier they knocked off Ohio State 67-58 in the Buckeyes' tournament.
The Tigers led 34-29 at halftime, but had to rally for the victory. Arizona State tied the game at 50-50 midway through the second quarter and built a lead that stretched to six at 60-54 with 6:53 left to play.
A thee-pointer by Hobbs and two free throws by the junior cut the lead to 63-62 with 4:05 to play. Junior DeWanna Bonner then hit two free throws to put the Tigers ahead by a point.
After a basket by the Sun Devils, senior guard Tamela McCorvey nailed a three to put the Tigers up for good at 67-65.
Bonner put the game out of reach with 14.8 seconds left with an old-fashion three with a basket plus a foul shot. That moved the Tigers on top 72-67. Bonner hit two more free throws with a second left to make the final 75-69. She finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds despite getting in foul trouble early. She picked up her fourth with 9:20 to play.
McCorvey scored 16 points for the Tigers. She was 4-7 on threes as the Tigers made 6-12 while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Auburn hit 9-13 foul shots. McCorvey joined Hobbs on the all-tournament team.
Arizona State hit 46.3 percent from the field, including 5-14 threes and 14-20 free throws. Lauren Lacy scored 20 points for ASU.
The home team held a 36-35 rebounding edge and had 14 turnovers, three more than the Tigers.
"I was really proud of how they did keep their composure," Coach Nell Fortner said of how her Tigers handled the strong run by the home team in the second half.
Fortner had praise for the play of Hobbs in helping the Tigers hold off the Sun Devils. "She hit some big buckets today--there is no doubt," the coach said. "Sherell was just a real fighter on both ends of the floor. I am just really proud of her effort and her focus. She just keeps getting better and better every game."
Auburn returns home for a 6 p.m. Wednesday contest vs. Colgate, the only home game in December for the Tigers.