Becca Tobin made a layup with 24 seconds to play in the game to break a tie and hold off hard-charging Southern California as Arizona State beat the Trojans, 62-61, in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“Talk about stepping up and finding a way to get it done,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “We were a little rattled down the stretch, but they regrouped and I’m very proud of this team and the way they performed today.”
The Sun Devils led throughout the first half and held a 33-21 edge at the break. But the Trojans used a 14-0 lead to take a 56-53 lead with 5:18 to play.
Tobin, who had 12 points, scored to give the Sun Devils (13-5 overall, 5-3 Pacific-10 Conference) a 62-60 lead then fouled USC’s Briana Gilbreath, who made the first free throw but missed the second with 11 seconds remaining. The Trojans (12-7, 4-4) had one last chance but Prairie High’s Ashley Corral missed a shot at the buzzer.
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Dymond Simon led Arizona State with 13 points.
Corral scored 14 points for USC and Gilbreath had 12.
No. 4 Stanford 74, at Oregon State 44: Kayla Pedersen scored a season-high 21 points and Jeanette Pohlen added 15 points to lead the Cardinal to a rout of the Beavers.
Stanford (18-2, 9-0) tied a season-high for 3-pointers with 11, including seven in the first half, and had a 40-35 rebounding edge.
Earlysia Marchbanks had a career-high 19 points and six rebounds for Oregon State (7-13, 0-9).
At No. 11 UCLA 70, Arizona 60: Jasmine Dixon had a season-best 22 points, hitting 11 of 12 shots, to help the Bruins (18-2, 8-1) hold off the Wildcats (13-7, 4-5).
Atonye Nyingifa collected a career-high 12 rebounds to go with 11 points, while Darxia Morris scored 13 for UCLA. The triumph helps the Bruins match their best start since the 1980-81 season.
California 81, at Oregon 65: Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points and all five starters for the Bears (13-7, 5-4) reached double figures against the Ducks (12-8, 3-6).
Talia Caldwell (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Lindsay Sherbert (17 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for California.
Amanda Johnson scored 26 for Oregon.