Stanford rally falls short in Pac-12 setback to Sun Devils


Amber Orrange and Lili Thompson helped trigger a fierce second-half comeback but the rally fell short as No. 13 Arizona State held on to beat No. 11 Stanford, 60-57, in a Pac-12 Conference women's basketball on Monday at Maples Pavilion.

Thompson made one of two free throws with 4:59 left to bring Stanford (5-1 Pac-12, 13-5 overall) within 47-46 but the Sun Devils had an immediate answer and extended their lead to 53-46 three minutes later.

Orrange, Thompson and Taylor Greenfield each finished with 12 points.

"They took it to us in the first half," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We didn't come out and do the things we needed to do. Our small lineup got exposed."

Arizona State (6-0, 17-1) held a 44-22 rebounding advantage, which included 20 offensive boards. That led to an 18-2 advantage in second-chance points.

"We gave up 20 offensive boards; that's a statement by them," VanDerveer said. "Rebounding was the big difference."

Arizona State became the first Pac-12 team to sweep both California and Stanford on the road since USC did it during the 2000-01 season.

Stanford shaved nine points off the halftime deficit less than eight minutes into the second half. Briana Roberson hit a jumper with 12:29 remaining to play to make it 44-36.

"Even when we were down, I still felt a sense of hope from the team and coaches," Roberson said.

The Sun Devils started the second half slowly against a revamped lineup that included both Erica McCall and Kaylee Johnson.

The Cardinal tried to match Arizona State's inside presence and it worked to a degree.

"You never want to get done but we played the way we wanted in the second half," Orrange said. "We can take that as we move forward."

Stanford looks to rebound when it travels to UCLA for a 7 p.m. game on Friday. The Cardinal play at USC on Sunday at 5 p.m. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Sun Devils were 1 of 10 to start the final 20 minutes and turned the ball over seven times in the first six minutes to allow Stanford's comeback.

Arizona State won for just the second time in Maples Pavilion and the first time since March of 1984, when the floor was considerably more bouncy than it is these days.

The Sun Devils ended a 16-game losing streak to the Cardinal and made sure they would own at least a share of the conference lead by the end of the day.

The Sun Devils scored the first seven points of the contest and eventually led by 12-3 as Stanford missed six of its first seven shot attempts, including a pair of lay-ups.

Taylor Greenfield sank a pair of free throws with 9:21 remaining in the first half to bring the Cardinal within 20-16 but then Arizona State held possession for nearly two full minutes, a result of offensive rebounding, Stanford fouls and Stanford turnovers.

The Sun Devils, clearly the aggressors, went on a 10-0 run as Stanford was held scoreless for nearly 4 1/2 minutes. Arizona State extended that run to 14-2.

Arizona State had more offensive rebounds (11) than Stanford did overall (10) in the first half. The Sun Devils dominated the paint to the tune of a 24-10 rebounding advantage, which helped them open a 17-point advantage at 39-22 at the intermission.

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Posted by John
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on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

It was really a great game to watch! Any fan who missed it made a mistake.

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