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.