Arizona State holds off Washington women
Missed free throws by Regina Rogers prove costly as Huskies fall 57-53
Seattle Times staff reporter
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This game wasn't for the timid.
Washington and Arizona State locked into one of the better defensive grudge matches of the season. One slip, like senior Regina Rogers missing two free throws with 33 seconds left in the game, was all ASU needed to secure a 57-53 victory.
"I was hyped and I wanted to win the game," said Rogers of her mindset in shooting the final free throws long, hitting the back of the rim. "I just needed to calm down and focus on making the shot. It was adrenaline."
The 2,170 fans at Edmundson Pavilion on Saturday expected her to make the shots, standing on their feet in anticipation of celebrating a close win. Rogers was 8 of 9 from the line at that point.
"No one is more upset about that (missed free throws) than her," said UW coach Kevin McGuff, who played Rogers a season-high 37 minutes. "It wasn't anything to do with our effort. We played hard, and we competed for 40 minutes ... As I told the team, we have to be a little bit better at the end."
Washington trailed 54-50 with 1:12 left in the game. Senior Charmaine Barlow made a nice baseline entry pass to Mollie Williams, who scored to pull the Huskies to 54-52. After Sun Devils senior Kimberly Brandon missed a three-pointer, the ball bouncing out of bounds, Williams found Rogers inside on a play designed during UW's final timeout.
Fouled on a pump-fake layin that missed, Rogers also couldn't convert on the ensuing free throws that would have tied the score at 54. With UW needing to foul, ASU made three of four free shots to collect its fifth consecutive win. The Huskies were 15 of 24 from the line.
Rogers led UW (11-8, 3-6 Pac-12) with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Brandon led ASU with 16 points and six boards.
"It was a really physical game," said Rogers, who had visible scratch marks on her right shoulder. "In the first half, I got hit in the face and I was really upset. The ref came to me and said, 'We're going to calm it down,' so the second half wasn't as physical."
Arizona State guard Deja Mann scored five quick points in the final 48 seconds to take a 31-28 lead into halftime. The score changed seven times with two ties in the first half, neither team leading by more than six points.
Mann teamed with Alex Earl and the other ASU guards to put a hold on UW guard Jazmine Davis, who entered the game having scored 25 points or more in three of her past six matchups. On Saturday, the freshman was held to 12 points with five turnovers.
"They're all in your face," said Davis of the Sun Devil defense.
Arizona State coach Joseph Anders smiled when the successful perimeter play was noted.
"In most games, she (Davis) has been able to go against one player," said Anders, who's replacing coach Charli Turner Thorne while she's on a nine-month sabbatical. "We actually ran three players at her. So, having the ability to play three different players of varying sizes as well as speed absolutely took its toll on her."
Arizona State (15-5, 6-3) moved into a tie with California (15-6, 6-3) for second in the conference. Washington dropped into a tie with Oregon and Utah for ninth place.
Attendance: 2,170. Officials: Robert Scofield, Wanda Szeremeta, Lorena Ahumada.