3:30 PM ET, February 12, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne challenged the No. 16 Sun Devils before their game against Oregon on Sunday.Beat the Ducks and the Pac-10 title would still be within grasp. Lose, and it wouldn't be.The players responded, posting a 62-52 victory against Oregon in Arizona State's last road game of the season, setting up a final three-game homestand and a chance to catch league-leading Stanford."Everybody's playing for everything right now," Turner Thorne said. "I tried to put a little pressure on them, and say, 'Hey, this is potentially for a championship and there is no margin of error for us."Arizona State (20-5, 11-4 Pac-10) will attempt to trim Stanford's (18-5, 12-2) lead when the teams meet on Thursday. The Sun Devils will then finish up against California and Arizona, whose combined league record is 10-19."In order to put ourselves in first place, we really had to win this game," said senior forward Emily Westerberg. "We know we're tough at home and will do everything it takes to win there, so we just knew we had to get it done on the road."They did just that, as Westerberg and Aubree Johnson scored 10 points apiece to pace the Sun Devils, who won for the sixth straight time. The victory was also the seventh road win of the season for Arizona State, the most since 2000-01.Arizona State never trailed after taking a 6-4 lead in the third minute of the game on a layup by Westerberg, who was 4-for-9 from the field.Oregon (14-10, 5-9) pulled to within one point, 22-21, late in the first half, but the Sun Devils went into the break on an 8-2 run to lead 30-23.They increased their advantage to 39-25 in the opening minutes of the second half and the rout was on, as they led by as much as 17 points.Overall, Arizona State shot 40 percent from the field to Oregon's 39 percent. The Sun Devils, who started the game leading the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at plus-6.2, were beaten on the boards 39-36, though they only had eight turnovers to the Ducks' 18."All in all I thought we played a great defensive game and really took away their 3s and took away their transition game," Turner Thorne said. "That was huge. Those were our top two things."Gabrielle Richards and Brandi Davis led the Ducks with 12 points each. Richards also had 11 rebounds. Carolyn Ganes had 10 points off the bench.Oregon, which tied a school record with 15 3-pointers on Thursday against Arizona, were only 4-of-14 from long range on Sunday.