TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State didn't want to get lulled into a close game twice.
The Sun Devils (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP), who needed a 3-pointer in the final
seconds to beat Oregon by one point on Thursday, ran away from
Oregon State in the second half for a 69-51 victory Saturday night.
"We talked about the extra effort we needed at halftime, and so
I think the push came from us knowing what we had to do," Emily
Westerberg said. "Coming out strong was important for us."
Freshman Kirsten Thompson scored 11 of her season-high 15 points
in the second half. She also had a season-high eight rebounds,
seven after the break.
Thompson thought hard work with coach Charli Turner Thorne paid
"Charli works with me a lot, and this game it came out and
showed," the 6-foot-5 center said.
Westerberg had 13 points and Kristen Kovesdy 10 for the Sun
Devils (14-3, 5-2 Pac-10).
Oregon State's Kim Butler had 20 points, and Mandy Close
finished with 10 and five assists.
Arizona State led 29-25 at halftime, and Close's layup 16
seconds into the second half cut that to two. But Arizona State's
Reagan Pariseau answered with a 3-pointer, and the Sun Devils
grabbed a 38-30 lead on a 3-pointer by Jill Noe 3:31 in.
Things got worse for Oregon State when Butler shoved Kovesdy on
a rebound, drawing her fourth foul with 14:41 to go.
"They hit a couple of 3's, caught us off guard, and we started
turning the ball over," said Butler, fourth-highest scorer in the
conference. "I think turnovers in the second half was our story.
I'm trying to stay out of foul trouble. We're really looking at
everything I do, but we've got to adapt."
Amy Denson made a basket and two free throws during an 8-1 surge
that got the Sun Devils to 52-36 with nine minutes left. The lead reached
65-41 on a layup by Westerberg at the 5:10 mark.
Oregon State (7-7, 1-5) led only once, 18-16 with 5:09 left in
the first half, after Butler scored eight points in a 10-2 spurt.
The Sun Devils tied it, and Thompson put back Westerberg's
missed free throw for a 20-18 Arizona State lead at the 4:06 mark.
After a basket by Casey Nash, Westerberg had a three-point play,
lifting the Sun Devils to a 23-20 lead.