Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/3/12
Box score TUCSON, Ariz. -- Alex Earl scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the second half to help the Arizona State womens basketball team beat Arizona 70-63 win on Saturday. Kimberly Brandon scored 12 points and Micaela Pickens added 10 for the Sun Devils (19-8, 10-18 Pac-12), who overcame an 11-point second-half deficit and foul trouble to defeat Arizona (14-16, 5-13 Pac-12) for the 15th time in the last 17 meetings between the two teams. Also coming through with a strong performance for ASU was Kali Bennett, who came up just short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Arizona was led by junior guard Davellyn Whyte, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Freshman center Aley Rohde added 11 points and six rebounds, senior guard Shanita Arnold had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists, and sophomore guard Candice Warthen had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. After Arizona shot 52 percent in the first half to take a 38-28 halftime lead, the Sun Devils turned the tables in the second half, shooting 52 percent in the final 20 minutes while limiting the Wildcats to 33 percent. ASU, which was outrebounded 42-35, did not allow UA to make a 3-pointer in the second half (0 for 4) after the Wildcats shot 67 percent (4 for 6) from behind the arc in the first half. The Sun Devils also helped their cause by committing a season-low nine turnovers, including only two in the second half. The Wildcats, on the other hand, had 18 turnovers, which the Sun Devils were able to convert into 16 points. Earl (6 points) and reserve guard Adrianne Thomas (4 points) combined for 10 points during a 12-0 run by the Sun Devils that helped turn a 46-35 deficit into a 47-46 lead with 12:48 left in the game. Arizona would counter with a 6-0 run of its own to take a 52-47 lead, but ASU once again battled back, eventually taking the lead for good when Pickens connected from 3-point range to put the Sun Devils up 63-61 with 3:06 left. Pickens, who played only six minutes in the second half after picking up her fourth foul with 14 seconds left in the first, helped carry the Sun Devils down the stretch, scoring eight of ASUs final 16 points. Her go-ahead 3-pointer began a 10-2 run by the Devils to close out the game. The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before the Wildcats responded, scoring the next 11 points to take a four-point lead. Brandons jumper with 4:47 left in the first half got the Sun Devils to within 26-24, but Arizona would then close the half with a 12-4 run to take a 38-28 halftime lead. Whyte had 10 points and eight rebounds for UA in the first half. The Sun Devils were whistled for 14 fouls in the first half, but the Wildcats were not able to take advantage at the line, hitting just 10 of 18 free throws. They finished 17 of 28 for the game. With the win, the Sun Devils claimed the State Farm Territorial Cup Series point in womens basketball for the 2011-12 season, as ASU also defeated Arizona 60-45 on New Year's Eve in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Saturday's game was the last of the regular season for both teams. Seedings for the Pac-12 tournament -- which will be held next weekend in Los Angeles -- will be announced Sunday.
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