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02-08 Arizona State Recap
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/08/2008
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Tempe , Ariz. ?C ?Arizona State held off a furious Arizona rally with three seconds left in the game to hang on for a 67-64 win over the Wildcats on Friday night in Wells Fargo Arena.? The loss drops Arizona to 9-14, 3-9 Pac-10 as ASU improves to 16-7, 10-2 Pac-10.

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Arizona scored five points in two seconds at the very end of the game to cut the ASU lead to 65-64 with three seconds left on the clock, but two free throws by Dymond Simon sealed the win for the Sun Devils at the end.

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As a team, Arizona shot 37.3 percent (25-67) from the field, and outrebounded ASU 41-33.? The Wildcats also tallied 15 steals and eight blocked shots, as the Sun Devils shot 42.9 percent (21-49) from the field.

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Individually for the Wildcats, senior Ashley Whisonant scored a game-high 16 points to go with six assists and four steals, and junior Amina Njonkou added her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.? Sophomore Rheya Neabors finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, five steals, four assists and four blocks, and freshman Ify Ibekwe posted 11 points and seven rebounds.

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Briann January led ASU with 14 points.

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Arizona jumped out to an early 8-5 lead, but the Sun Devils answered with an 8-2 scoring run over 2:24 to go up 13-10 at the 12:22 mark.? The Wildcats then rallied with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 20-13 advantage capped by a Whisonant jumper with 9:23 left in the first.? ASU scored six-straight points to cut the deficit to 20-19 after three by January at the 6:56 mark.

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The two teams went into halftime tied up at 25-25, as Arizona shot 35.5 percent (11-31) from the field compared to a 37.5 percent mark (9-24) for ASU.

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The Wildcats and Sun Devils traded baskets early on in the second half, but Arizona managed to take a 39-36 lead at the 11:25 mark after a lay in by Njonkou.? ASU answered with eight unanswered points over the next 2:28 to take a 44-39 lead with 8:57 left in the game.? Arizona stayed close, taking a 48-47 lead at the 5:47 mark on a trey by Neabors.

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With the game tied up 50-50 at the 5:07 mark, ASU scored two-straight baskets to go up 54-50, but freshman Tasha Dickey converted a layup at the 3:19 mark to keep the Wildcats within two.?

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ASU extended its lead to 59-54 after a layup by Sybil Dosty, but Whisonant converted a three-point play on the next possession to cut the lead to 59-57 with 1:28 left.? Arizona State looked in control of the game while holding a 65-59 lead with 21 seconds left in the game, but the Wildcats wouldnˇ?t go down easy.?

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Whisonant converted another three-point play with four seconds left, and Dickey stole the ensuing ASU inbounds pass and laid it up as her free throw cut the deficit to 65-64 with two seconds left to play.? The Wildcats couldnˇ?t snag the steal on the next inbounds play, and Simon hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds left on the clock to seal the win for the Sun Devils.

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Arizona will next travel to Stanford for a game against the Cardinal on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

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