N Arizona 72

(5-4, 1-3 away)

(14) Arizona State 85

(7-1, 6-1 home)

    8:30 PM ET, December 2, 2006

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    NAU 27 4572
    #14ASU 37 4885

    Deep bench helps Arizona St. win its own invitational

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jill Noe had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds Saturday night to give Arizona State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) an 85-72 victory over Northern Arizona and its sixth straight championship in the Arizona State University Classic.

    Arizona State (7-1) played without starting forwards Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg, and starting guard Reagan Pariseau.

    They were in Idaho for the funeral of Johnson's 15-year-old brother Jordan, who died in his sleep on Nov. 25 while in the U.S. Virgin Islands to see his sister play in a tournament.

    Danielle Orsillo had 15 points for the Sun Devils, who have won three straight since losing to fourth-ranked Tennessee. Arizona State made 34 of 61 shots (56 percent) from the field.

    Alyssa Wahl led the Lumberjacks (5-4) with 18 points and Kristen Thompson scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Laura Dinkins added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

    Orsillo scored 11 points and Thompson added 10 to give Arizona State a 37-27 lead at the break.

    The Lumberjacks missed 16 of their first 23 shots. Noe hit back-to-back baskets to give Arizona State a 59-41 lead with 11:45 remaining. Northern Arizona never got closer than 11.

    Earlier Saturday, Erica Kovach scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Boston University past Eastern Michigan 65-59 in the consolation game.

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