No. 14 Arizona State hits late free throws, hangs on to beat Utah 65-62
SALT LAKE CITY -- Katie Hempen and Sophie Brunner each made a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds to help No. 14 Arizona State escape from Utah with a 65-62 win Friday night.
Brunner made her free throws with 8.6 seconds left to give ASU a 63-62 lead.
Utah's Danielle Rodriguez turned the ball over, and the Utes sent Hempen to the line with 3.5 seconds left where she also made both. Utah was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds.
Deja Mann had 18 points and Hempen added 14 for the Sun Devils (16-3, 5-2 Pac-12) who won for the first time in Salt Lake City.
Utah rallied back from a 60-54 deficit with 2:38 left to go ahead 62-61 on Danielle Rodriguez's layup with 14 seconds left. Rodriguez scored five of her 11 points during that span.
Michelle Plouffe led Utah (8-10, 1-6) with 22 points.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Ariya Crook had a career-high 34 points to lead Southern California to a 77-70 win at No. 19 California on Friday night.
USC took the lead for good at 68-66 on Cassie Harberts' jumper with 3:58 to play.
The Trojans (14-6, 7-1 Pac-12) held the Golden Bears scoreless for the next 3 1/2 minutes while Crook hit a jumper and two free throws to extend the lead to 72-66 with 25 seconds to play. Cal never had possession with a chance to tie or go ahead from there.
Crook was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and 11 of 22 overall. Cassie Harberts added 15 points and 10 rebounds for USC.
Brittany Boyd had 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead Cal (13-5, 5-2) while Gennifer Brandon finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Afure Jemerigbe also chipped in 17, Reshanda Gray had 13 points and eight rebounds.
STANFORD, Calif. -- After a slow start, Chiney Ogwumike got herself adjusted and returned to her normal production. That led to a victory that was far from easy.
Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds in helping No. 4 Stanford hold off UCLA's upset bid, beating the Bruins 72-55 on Friday night.
UCLA was still within six points of the Cardinal with under nine minutes left to play in the game before seemingly withering over the final seven minutes.
Ogwumike, second in the nation in field-goal percentage, missed five of her first six shots against an aggressive Bruins defense that shifted between zone and man defense to find ways to slow down the All-American.
''They're physical, within the context of the game and how it was officiated,'' Ogwumike said. ''It took me a while to adjust to their physicality. In the interim, my teammates stepped up while I was struggling.''
Lili Thompson added 15 points for the Cardinal (18-1, 7-0 in the Pac-12), who won their 17th in a row since losing at top-ranked Connecticut in November. Erica McCall added 11 points and Sara James had 10.