Oregon St takes over first in Pac-12 with 68-57 win over ASUPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jamie Weisner scored 21 points to help No. 9 Oregon State beat No. 13 Arizona State 67-54 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12.
Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) used a 14-0 run early in the second half to pull away from Arizona State (18-2, 7-1) to win its eighth in a row and end the Sun Devils' 14-game winning streak, one short of the school record.
Center Ruth Hamblin added 12 points for the Beavers, who scored 28 points in the lane, taking advantage of their height advantage. Weisner also hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for Oregon State.
Katie Hempen led Arizona State with 22 points, hitting 6-of-8 from outside the 3-point line, but was the only Sun Devil in double figures. Oregon State led by as much as 20 in the second half, never allowing the Sun Devils closer than 11 after that.
Sydney Wiese hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws after Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne was hit with a technical foul during the key run as the Beavers opened up a 45-25 lead less than five minutes into the second half. Oregon State had led 27-22 at the break.
Oregon State, the top shooting team in the Pac-12, hit its first five shots and seven of its first eight in the second half after shooting 39 percent in the first 20 minutes. Arizona State got within 11 in the final three minutes but no closer. The Beavers made 14 of 21 from the field in the second half.
The first meeting of the year for the conference's top two defenses ended with both teams under their scoring average. Arizona State was held to 16 under their 70.9 points per game average while Oregon State just missed its mark, having come into the game as the conference's top scoring team, getting 72.7 points a game.
Arizona State got out to a quick start, making five of its first nine shots and taking an 11-4 lead in the first four and a-half minutes. But Oregon State bounced back from a slow start with Weisner scoring all seven of her first half points in the final 5:04 of the half for the Beavers. The Sun Devils missed their last seven shots of the half and 11 of their last 13 shots in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Oregon State: Had lost 17 straight to Arizona State in Tempe. Before Sunday, it's last win was 74-54 on Jan. 26, 1996. The Beavers have won 17 straight games, dating back to last season. The last Pac-12 team to beat Oregon State in the regular season was Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2014. Oregon State had not swept the Arizona schools on the road since 1995.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils came one game short of the school record for consecutive wins, set in 2008-09. The Sun Devils came into the game third in the nation in defending against the 3-point shot, allowing 21.9 percent. Oregon State was fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage (39.5) and made 7-of-20 (35 percent). During its winning streak, Arizona State had won its games by an average 20 points. The loss was the first for Arizona State since a 63-57 defeat to Green Bay at the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament in Florida on Nov. 29.
Oregon State: vs. Southern California, Saturday
Arizona State: at Colorado, Friday
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