LOS ANGELES -- Aubree Johnson continues to inspire Arizona State.
The senior forward had 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Arizona State (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) rallied for a 68-57 victory over Southern California on Thursday night.Danielle Orsillo added 11 points and Jill Noe and Briann January scored 10 points apiece for the Sun Devils (24-3, 14-2 Pacific-10), who earned their 13th victory in 14 games.Johnson took a brief leave of absence after her 15-year-old brother, Jordan, died in his sleep from an enlarged heart on Nov. 25. He was in the Virgin Islands watching the Sun Devils play in a tournament."[Johnson] is just playing with an unbelievable passion and will to win," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said.Jamie Hagiya scored 15 points for the Trojans (15-10, 9-6), who had won nine of 11. Eshaya Murphy added 10 points and 12 rebounds.USC led 20-12 with 9:55 left in the first half when the Sun Devils used a 21-3 surge to take a 33-23 lead with 1:01 left before halftime. Johnson and Noe each scored eight points in the run.USC failed to make a basket in the final 9:55 of the first half and scored only one point in the final 5:02 before the break.The Trojans narrowed their deficit to 40-38 with 12:28 to play, but Johnson scored six points during a 12-0 burst that extended Arizona State's lead to 52-38 with 8:54 left.USC got to 60-57 with 1:20 to play before the Sun Devils made all six of their free throws in an 8-0 run that ended the game.Arizona State played without leading scorer Emily Westerberg, who sprained her left ankle Tuesday in practice.Arizona State won despite committing 24 turnovers, the team's second-highest total this season, and shooting 39.1 percent in the second half.The Trojans shot 30 percent and made 25 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Sun Devils.