CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State slowed down the Arizona
State Sun Devils. Beating them was a different story.
Emily Westerberg had 15 points and Aubree Johnson added 10
points and 11 rebounds in No. 11 Arizona State's 59-43 victory over
Oregon State on Thursday.The Sun Devils (15-2, 5-1 Pac-10) used a 14-2 second-half run to
pull away after the Beavers closed an 11-point halftime deficit to
40-35 with 11:43 remaining.Johnson scored six points in the stretch as the Sun Devils took
a 54-37 lead with 4 minutes remaining."We like to run teams because we're really deep," Johnson
said. "We have a lot of people who can step in and play big
minutes."Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne credited the Beavers
for their ability to slow the game down. Though the Sun Devils
didn't run much, they outscored the Beavers 20-0 in fastbreak
points while building a 40-23 rebounding advantage."It's kind of who we are and what we do, and we're at our best
when we're scoring in transition," Turner Thorne said.Casey Nash had 20 points for Oregon State (6-8, 1-4)."We battled back but we just couldn't get over the hump,"
Oregon State coach LaVonda Wagner said.Arizona State got its third straight win and 11th in 12 games.
The Sun Devils have also won eight of their last nine road games,
dating back to last season."We have a big target on our backs, so we haven't faced anyone
that hasn't gotten really excited to play us because, obviously,
we're a big win for anybody right now," Turner Thorne said.The Sun Devils, coming off home wins against Washington State
and Washington last weekend, closed the end of the first half
strong.Julie Futch put the Beavers ahead 15-12 with 7:21 remaining, the
first lead of more than two points since early in the game. Dymond
Simon finished Arizona State's 6-0 run with an outside shot and
Westerberg had five points late in the half to help the Sun Devils
take a 31-20 lead at halftime.