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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The expected defensive battle turned into a shootout, and Arizona State had a little too much for Texas A&M.
Briann January scored 22 points and the Sun Devils scorched Texas A&M's pressing defense like no one else this season in posting an 84-69 victory to gain the second regional final in school history.
Arizona State (26-8) will face top-seeded Connecticut (36-0) on Tuesday night for a trip to the Final Four in St. Louis. The Huskies beat California 77-53 to gain their 14th regional final in 16 years.
Danielle Orsillo added 15 points and Lauren Lacey had 14 for the Sun Devils, who shot a season-high 62 percent from the field against a team that had given up only 87 points in its two tournament games.
Tanisha Smith had 19 points and Takia Starks added 18 for the second-seeded Aggies (27-8), who were looking to advance to the regional final for the second straight year.