Women's Basketball: Arizona State 59, ARizona 58: Devils edge Cats for 2nd time in 6 days

2013-02-25T00:00:00Z Women's Basketball: Arizona State 59, ARizona 58: Devils edge Cats for 2nd time in 6 daysAl Bravo Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TEMPE - Less than a week. Another game with Arizona State. Another nail-biter. But the result wasn't any different.

"I don't know, we were really expecting, we know we're the better team," said UA forward Alli Gloyd, searching for words. "But we just didn't prove it."

Despite rallying from a 12-point first-half deficit to take the lead in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the game, Arizona fell to its in-state rival by the closest of margins for the second time in six days.

"We didn't do enough to win, the bottom line," coach Niya Butts said. "I don't care what we did well, we didn't do enough to win."

This time, the Wildcats left sharpshooter Haley Videckis open for a three-pointer with 22.8 seconds remaining and couldn't convert in the final possession in a 59-58 loss to the Sun Devils before 2,383 at Wells Fargo Arena.

In those final seconds, Erica Barnes missed a short shot before Gloyd got the rebound but couldn't get free and had the ball taken away by ASU's Janae Fulcher just a few feet from the basket and the buzzer sounded.

"We knew we were in the double bonus so we were thinking 'go aggressive to the basket,'" Gloyd said. "We just tried, we were trying to get fouled or get the ball in the hoop. We just didn't."

Davellyn Whyte, Arizona's do-everything senior who had her fourth and last chance to beat ASU in her hometown, did everything she could - 18 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, a blocked shot and a steal.

The Wildcats lost 81-77 on Tuesday in double overtime in Tucson. Arizona (12-15, 4-12 Pac-12) has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

Videckis, a 33 percent three-point shooter as a freshman in a limited role for ASU this season, hit 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points for the Sun Devils (13-15, 5-11).

"We know she's a shooter, they preached that to us," Gloyd said. "I guess we were all just sunk down trying to protect the paint more so and we should have been concerned about her because she is a shooter."

Joy Burke led ASU with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Kama Griffitts had 11 points and six rebounds for the UA, hitting a three with 5:34 left that gave the UA a 54-51 lead.

But the Wildcats struggled to convert the rest of the way while ASU missed 3 of 6 free throws during a key 2:12 stretch after Arizona had taken its first lead of the game.

Still, with the game tied at 56, Gloyd missed a layup but was fouled by Burke and made the two shots with 40.7 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 58-56 lead. On the ensuing possession, the Sun Devils focused on the right side of the lane and Adrianne Thomas found Videckis open on the left perimeter for the decisive 21-footer.

"We made some plays in the second half," Butts said. "But we didn't make enough to win. We know what they are going to do, they know what we were going to do. We didn't do enough to win."

ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne called Thomas' pass, "the assist of the year, probably."

"And Haley, she has been obviously really hot lately," Turner Thorne said. "And really kind of getting into a groove in terms of scoring in the Pac-12."

Like they did on Tuesday, the Wildcats fell behind early. Burke scored the first six points of the game and the Sun Devils out-hustled Arizona inside, grabbing rebounds and an 18-6 lead after seven minutes.

After scoring a season-high 31 on Tuesday, Whyte missed five of her six shots in the first half but made up for it by grabbing six rebounds, all the defensive end, and adding five assists and a blocked shot in the first 20 minutes.

The Wildcats tried a 2-3 zone, but five different Sun Devils hit three-pointers in the first half while Arizona was 1 for 8 beyond the arc.

Cheshi Poston's layup right before the buzzer cut the deficit to 35-27 at the half.

ASU had lost seven straight before beating UA at McKale Center on Tuesday. The Sun Devils have beaten UA in their last five meetings and 14 in a row in Tempe, dating back to 1999.

The Wildcats fall back to 10th place in the Pac-12 with a home series against the Los Angeles schools remaining before the conference tournament, which begins March 7.

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