6:00 PM ET, December 5, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Danielle Orsillo scored 13 points and sparked a key first-half run that lifted Arizona State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) to a 62-52 victory over Pepperdine in the final of the ASU Classic on Saturday.Orsillo hit her second 3-pointer to start a 16-2 run over the final five minutes of the first half and give the Sun Devils (6-1) a 36-19 lead at the break.Miranda Ayim scored 15 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Waves (5-4), who had won three straight. Lauren Bell added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.Pepperdine missed 12 of its last 15 shots of the first half after getting within 17-15 with 7:06 to play. Alex Earl, Orsillo and Tenaya Watson all hit 3s and the Sun Devils went on a 19-4 run over the final 5:24 of the half. The Waves did not get closer than nine in the second half.Becca Tobin added 12 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot for Arizona State. Alex Earl hadThe Sun Devils, winners of four straight, have won their tournament eight of the last nine years and are 30-4 at home against non-Pac-10 teams since 2004.After missing 13 of its first 19 shots against Idaho State on Friday, Arizona State got out to a much better start against Pepperdine, hitting 14-of-23 shots (61 percent) in the first half. The Sun Devils finished the night 23-of-48 (48 percent).Jazmine Jackson added 11 points and four steals for Pepperdine, who shot just 30 percent from the field (20-of-65).The Waves trailed 17-9 halfway through the first half before getting baskets from Ayim and Bell to get within 17-15 with 7:06 left but then went cold outside of Ayims next two shots.Orsillo, who had 18 points in the tournament opening win over Idaho State, was selected the tournament most valuable player.