8:30 PM ET, January 12, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Minutes after going 3-of-14 from the field, Emily Westerberg was almost nonchalant about her game-winning 3-pointer."We knew we had to be aggressive, and we know the fundamentals that we have, so we just had to be confident, and it would be there," said Westerberg, who broke Arizona State's cold spell with a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. The Sun Devils (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 15 AP) held on to beat Oregon 44-43 Thursday night.The Sun Devils (13-3, 4-2 Pac-10) came harrowingly close to a third straight loss after two defeats in Los Angeles over the weekend cost them six places in the poll.Jill Noe missed a jumper with 21 seconds to go, but Aubrey Johnson came down with her 11th rebound and passed to Westerberg, who hit the long jumper that ended Arizona State's 11:13 drought without a field goal.Oregon called a timeout with 8.9 seconds left and got off two shots. But Eleanor Haring missed in the paint and Chelsea Wagner missed a 16-footer from the side, leaving the Ducks (10-5, 1-4 Pac-10) with their fourth loss in six games.The Sun Devils (13-3, 4-2) shot 13.9 percent (5-of-36) in the second half and 25.8 percent (17-of-66) in the game."I know we're a good-shooting team," coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "Obviously we were not shooting the ball like we can right now, and I'm just proud that we found a way to win."Kristen Kovesdy had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Sun Devils.Cicely Oaks led the Ducks with 10 points, and Haring had eight points and eight rebounds."I thought we played a smart ballgame," Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "We wanted to keep the tempo at our tempo -- we didn't want to get into a running game. We wanted to make sure that we had a chance to win this game, and we certainly did."The Sun Devils led 30-24 at halftime, but that was their widest margin of the second half.Oregon led three times in the half, the last at 43-41 on two free throws by Brandi Davis with 3:09 to play that ended the Ducks' scoring.Kovesdy had four points during a 10-0 run that lifted Arizona State to a 24-15 lead with 7:42 left in the first half, but the Ducks cut the deficit to 25-22 with 4:57 to go.