TEMPE, Ariz. – The Oregon women’s basketball team pushed Arizona State to the brink, but the No. 15 ranked Sun Devils topped the Ducks, 97-94, on Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Ducks fall to 12-9 (3-7 Pac-12) after the loss while the second-place Sun Devils improve to 19-3 (8-2).
Arizona State has won five Pac-12 games this year by three-or-less points. The loss snaps a three-game conference winning streak for the Ducks and prevents them from getting their first Pac-12 road sweep since the 2008-9 season, when Oregon won both games in Washington.
Oregon led by six, 75-69, with 6:47 left to play but Arizona State responded with a 9-0 run to take a 78-75 lead with 4:28 remaining. Oregon tied it up at 83-83 with 3:25 on the clock but Arizona State pushed its lead up to six, at 91-85, with 1:14 left and the Ducks couldn’t claw their way back in.
There were 13 lead changes in the game and 11 ties.
Chrishae Rowe, the NCAAs top scoring freshman, posted 39 points, just two shy of her own school record, set at Seattle U earlier this season. Rowe went 12-of-22 from the floor and 13-of-14 at the free throw line. She hit on 2-of-7 three-point tries.
Jillian Alleyne posted her 31st career double-double and NCAA-leading 19th this season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Katelyn Loper and Lexi Petersen each added 12 points for the Ducks.
Joy Burke had career-highs in scoring (22) and rebounds (15) as the Ducks couldn’t stop her in the post late in the game.
Oregon’s foul trouble contributed to that, as Alleyne picked up her fourth foul with 10:55 left in the game and had to be careful. Alleyne eventually fouled out with 43 seconds left. Loper and Petersen also played significant minutes with four fouls each.
Oregon led by as much as seven points in the first half, at 17-10, when the Ducks broke a 10-10 tie with a 7-0 run, fueled by a layup and three-pointer from Lexi Petersen.
The teams were tied seven times in the first half and the lead changed eight times. Oregon led at the break, 41-36, after Ariel Thomas hit a three-pointer with two seconds left on the clock. Rowe had a game-high 16 points at halftime while Alleyne had nine rebounds.
POSTGAME NOTES: Oregon shot 46 percent in the game (32-of-69) but lost for the first time this season when shooting 40-percent or better (9-0 prior)...Oregon averaged eight more rebounds than their opponents per game before Sunday, but were outrebounded 52-36 by Arizona State.