SEATTLE - Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne got the response she expected - stingy defense, balanced scoring, and a rediscovery of the Sun Devils' quick-strike offense.
Reserves Jill Noe, Danielle Orsillo and Kate Engelbrecht combined for 35 points and keyed a second-half run that propelled the 12th-ranked Sun Devils to a 75-64 win over Washington on Thursday night.
It was exactly the type of performance Turner Thorne wanted to see after the Sun Devils 73-65 overtime loss to No. 8 Stanford last weekend. In the process, Turner Thorne picked up her 100th Pac-10 Conference victory, becoming the sixth current coach to reach 100 wins. She is 100-92 with the Sun Devils.
"This team didn't get to be 20-3 by happenstance. They have tremendous character, tremendous toughness. We've been through a lot this season and they're just a very resilient group of young ladies," Turner Thorne said.
Noe finished with 13 points, while Orsillo and Engelbrecht scored 11 apiece. Emily Westerberg added 10 points for Arizona State (20-3, 10-2 Pac-10), which held Washington to 37 percent shooting and outscored the Huskies 21-9 at the free-throw line.
Most important though was the Sun Devils' transition offense, which fully returned for the first time since the Sun Devils' lost guard Dymond Simon for the season with a knee injury on Jan. 21. Arizona State recovered from a 10-point first-half deficit, then used its transition game to ignite the decisive second-half spurt.
"We've been a transition team all season long. We went through a little bit of a blip ... but we've had some time to work through some things now and we look more like what we did before," Turner Thorne said.
Cameo Hicks led the Huskies (13-10, 6-6) with 16 points, but Washington's midseason slide continued. The Huskies lost for the sixth time in their last seven games, a skid that began with an 88-83 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 7. The Huskies dropped their sixth game to a ranked opponent this season.
"These losses are really tough," Hicks said. "We played with ASU all night, except for two runs."
Arizona 55, Washington St. 51
At Pullman, Joy Hollingsworth sank five of 10 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Arizona past Washington State for the Cougars' 11th straight loss.
Jessica Arnold added 13 points for the Wildcats (8-16, 2-10 Pac-10), who snapped a six-game losing streak.
Marisa Stotler scored 16 points and Katie Appleton had 14 for Washington State (5-17, 1-11). The defeat left the Cougars alone in last place in the Pac-10.
Arnold shot just 4 for 18 from the field, but she helped clinch the victory by hitting two free throws with 8.9 seconds left. The Wildcats made a season-low 29 percent from the field, while Washington State shot 45 percent. But Arizona had a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds.
No. 8 Stanford 84, UC Santa Barbara 59
At Santa Barbara, Stanford ended the first half on a 10-0 run, Candice Wiggins scored 12 of her 21 points during a 22-0 burst to open the second half and the eighth-ranked Cardinal beat UC Santa Barbara.
Brooke Smith added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford
(19-3), which shot 62.5 percent in the second half and outrebounded the smaller Gauchos 44-25 while extending the nation's third-longest win streak to 17 games.
Oregon 76, UCLA 60
At Eugene, Ore., Tamika Nurse had 22 points and three other Oregon players scored in double figures as the Ducks defeated UCLA 76-60 on Thursday.
Carolyn Ganes added 14 points for Oregon (12-9, 4-7 Pac-10), which ended a three-game losing streak to the Bruins.
Cicely Oaks scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Eleanor Haring had 11 points.
The Ducks held a 34-30 advantage at halftime, but shot 52 percent from the field in the second half to lead by as many as 19 points.
Oregon committed just nine turnovers and made all but one of its 23 free throws. The Ducks went 18-for-19 from the foul line in the game's last nine minutes. Nurse was 10-for-10 from the line on the night.
UCLA (12-12, 6-6) arrived in Eugene with a three-game winning streak. The Bruins led 30-29 late in the first half after Amanda Livingston made layups on consecutive possessions. But that was their last lead of the game.
Noelle Quinn led UCLA with 16 points and Lindsey Pluimer scored 13.
The Bruins shot 12-for-31 (39 percent) in both halves.