EUGENE, Ore. – Despite five players scoring in double figures, the No. 20 Arizona State women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a determined Oregon squad on Friday as the Ducks upset the Sun Devils, 98-90.
The Sun Devils (22-7, 11-6 Pac-12) overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half and would eventually lead by as many as seven in the second half. However the Ducks (14-14, 5-12) would battle back and outscore the Sun Devils 23-14 over the last six minutes to claim the win.
Katie Hempen (19 points), Joy Burke (17 points), Deja Mann (13 points), Kelsey Moos (11 points) and Sophie Brunner (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Sun Devils, who slipped to fourth place in the Pac-12 standings, one game behind Sunday’s opponent, Oregon State (20-9, 12-5).
Jillian Alleyne (29 points, 11-17 FGs), Chrishae Rowe (25 points, 7-15 FGs) and Ariel Thomas (22 points, 8-13 FG) combined to score 76 of Oregon’s 98 points while shooting a combined 58 percent (26-45) from the floor.
The Ducks, who connected on 51 percent of their shots in the second half, shot 10 more free throws (33) than the Sun Devils, making 24 of them.
Alleyne’s layup with 5:49 remaining started a prolific offensive stretch for the Ducks in which they made eight of their final 10 shots while also connecting on 6-10 free throws. On the other end the Sun Devils, who shot just over 46 percent the first 34 minutes of the game, missed nine of their last 13 shots.
Despite the aforementioned turn of events, the Sun Devils still found themselves down by only three after Hempen’s 3-pointer cut Oregon’s 90-84 lead in half with 53 seconds left. The momentum that seemed to be teetering in ASU’s direction made a sudden turn when Katelyn Loper came back with a triple on the other end to once again give the Ducks a six-point cushion, 93-87. ASU would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Burke, who had career highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds in the first meeting between the two teams, a 97-94 Sun Devil win on Feb. 2 in Tempe, picked up right where she left off as she led ASU in the first half with 16 points (7-9 FGs, 2-3 FTs).
Despite Burke’s success, ASU still found itself down by as many as 12 after Loper’s jumper gave Oregon a 42-30 lead with 4:01 left in the first half.
A basket by Moos with 1:40 remaining ignited an 8-0 run by the Sun Devils to close out the half and head to the locker room down by a single point, 46-45.
ASU would add to that scoring burst in the opening three minutes of the second half as it outscored Oregon 12-4 to complete a 20-4 run and take a 57-50 lead with 17 minutes remaining. Hempen (seven points) and Moos (five points) would account for 12 points during the run which occurred over a stretch of 4:40.
The Sun Devils close out the regular season on Sunday (1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT) when they take on Oregon State in Corvallis. The game can be seen via live stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/oregon-state-university and can be heard live on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.