TEMPE, Ariz. – Patricia Bright had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in front of her hometown crowd and the Beavers shot 46 percent from the floor, but Arizona State made seven three-pointers on the afternoon and the Oregon State women’s basketball team dropped a 66-55 contest to the Sun Devils in Tempe on Sunday.
In addition to Bright, freshman Samantha Siegner scored a career-high 12 points and Jamie Weisner added 10 of her own to pace Oregon State’s (7-9, 1-3 Pac-12) offensive efforts, but the trio was unable to overcome the Sun Devils’ hot shooting from deep. Arizona State (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) came into the game as the Pac-12’s worst three-point shooting team, only hitting on 26.1 percent of their attempts from behind the arc. Today, ASU made seven of their 15 three-point shots (.467), while the Beavers were 1-of-8 on their long range attempts.
“We hard time stopping them in our man defense, which was disappointing early and I didn’t see that coming,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck said. “We had been competing so well, taking good angles and playing pretty good defense, [but] we had to use our zone quite a bit today. When you’re up on the scoreboard the three is easier to knock down.”
Arizona State came out of the blocks quickly, scoring the game’s first eight points and claiming a double-digit lead less than four minutes into the action. The Sun Devils grew that advantage to 12 on two occasions before OSU settled down and found its rhythm.
Down 24-12 midway through the first half, Oregon State began finding some open driving lanes to the basket. Mollee Schwegler hit a jumper which preceded three straight Beaver possessions that ended up with lay-ins at the rim. Bright and Siegner converted three free throws before Weisner hit a jumper which brought OSU to within five, 30-25, a gap which ASU would maintain at the break, 35-30.
In the second half, Arizona State grew its lead to double digits again, 45-34, with 15:51 to go courtesy of a pair of three-pointers from Arnecia Hawkins, but the Beavers, led by Bright, battled back.
The Phoenix, Ariz. product from Desert Vista HS went on a personal 6-0 run which featured a baseline jumper from 10 feet and a layup, both assisted by Weisner, and another easy two with a helper from ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley.
“Patricia had a great week here and played two great games,” Rueck said of Bright. “Hopefully this is a sign of continued progress in her game because she’s obviously important to us. I couldn’t take her off the floor today. Defensively she was dominant and then brought a good deal of offense, too.”
Following a Sun Devil timeout, ASU’s Promise Amukamara and Weisner each hit three-pointers on their team’s next possessions and the two squads traded buckets for a large portion of the game’s final 10 minutes.
OSU pulled to within four late in the game twice, 53-49 with 7:37 left and 55-51 with 5:40 remaining, but each time Arizona State had an answer. After a Siegner layup brought to Beavers close the second time, ASU countered with five straight points to grow its lead back to nine.
“We can’t spot them leads like we did both halves,” Rueck said. “It was 12-2 to open the game and we did the same thing to start the second after we played 14 better minutes to end the first half. It’s hard to win when you make that many mistakes and spot a team a lead on the road. It’s a hard thing to come back from. We battled, though, and we learned today.”
Alyssa Martin made a basket on a nice screen and curl that left her wide open under the hoop with 2:05 to go, cutting the Sun Devils’ lead to 60-55, but OSU was unable to score again and ASU made four free throws and a layup down the stretch to seal the victory.
On the afternoon, Arizona State shot 52.1 percent from the floor (25-of-48) and totaled 19 assists. The Beavers shot 45.8 percent (22-of-48) and won the battle of the boards, 32 to 25. Ali Gibson also added eight points and six rebounds and her four steals moved her over 100 in her career (103). Bright’s three blocks gave her 143 in her career, tied with Carol Menken-Schaudt for fourth all-time at OSU.
Oregon State will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Eugene on Tuesday for a game against Oregon in the Civil War presented by PacificSource Health Plans, NW Ford Dealers, McDonald's and Wells Fargo. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson providing play-by-play and Ann Schatz doing color.