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Sun Devils rally to topple Cardinal women in Pac-12 hoops

 

Amber Orrange scored 15 points and Lili Thompson added 11 points but the 12th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team dropped a 53-52 decision to host No. 10 Arizona State in a Pac-12 Conference contest Friday night.

The Cardinal (9-2 in the Pac-12, 17-6 overall) look to rebound against host Arizona on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.

Stanford, which lost for the second time in its last 59 February games, fell into a third-place tie with California while the Sun Devils moved back into a first-place tie with Oregon State, which was upset by Washington.

Arizona State, which still has a game at Oregon State, swept the season series from Stanford and holds the tie-breaker should they end up with the same conference record following the regular season.

The top four teams in the Pac-12 are within a game of each other heading into Sunday's action, which features Cal playing the Sun Devils in the afternoon. The Beavers travel to Washington State.

Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 4:35 left to bring Stanford within 53-52 but the Cardinal missed its next four shots and two free throws.

Arizona State missed a pair of shots over the same stretch. The Sun Devils also missed a shot with 52 seconds left, but got the offensive rebound. A turnover with 26 seconds remaining gave Stanford a chance.

Following a full timeout with five seconds left, Briana Roberson missed a jumper and the Sun Devils held on.

Arizona State's 6-foot-4 sophomore center Quinn Dornstauder, who played with the Canadian junior national team, came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points.

Kaylee Johnson had 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. She surpassed both Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Val Whiting on the all-time single-season list for freshmen rebounds and is in sixth place with 241.

Katy Steding ranks fifth with 243 and Jayne Appel is fourth with 249, easily within Johnson's reach on Sunday. She has 33 blocks, fourth on the freshmen single-season list.

Erica McCall's putback with 15:08 remaining to play in the game gave the Cardinal a 42-30 lead. The Sun Devils scored the next 16 points to pull ahead, 46-42, nearly eight minutes later.

Bonnie Samuelson broke the scoring drought with a 3-pointer at the 7:20 mark, though Arizona State held onto the lead.

Samuelson moved into a sixth-place tie with Nicole Powell (201) on Stanford's all-time 3-point list. Sebnem Kimyacioglu is fifth with 205.

The first half belonged to Stanford, which maintained a slight lead most of the way and grabbed a 31-22 halftime advantage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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