Beavers fall in women's tourney opener
LOS ANGELES — Dymond Simon scored 13 points and Arizona State overcame poor shooting to beat Oregon State 50-44 Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.
The third-seeded Sun Devils (20-9), who will face California in the second round today, shot just 35.8 percent, including 5 of 19 from 3-point range, and committed 19 turnovers. Arizona State won the rebounding battle 35-25 and made all seven of its free throws.
Alyssa Martin and Sage Indendi had 10 points apiece to lead 10th-seeded Oregon State (9-21), which shot 40.9 percent.
Simon was just 4 of 15 from the field but came up big late, converting a three-point play for a 48-42 lead with 2:23 remaining.
The Beavers, who trailed by 15 early in the second half, closed the gap down the stretch, but the Sun Devils didn't let them get any closer.
Tenaya Watson added nine points and Becca Tobin had eight for Arizona State.
The Sun Devils used a 10-0 run spanning both halves to open their biggest lead at 35-20 on Olivia Major's 3-pointer.
Arizona 90, Oregon 89
At Los Angeles, Soana Lucet scored the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left and finished with 23 points as Arizona escaped with a victory over Oregon in the first round of Pac-10 tournament.
Davellyn Whyte also had 23 points and Ify Ibekwe added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Wildcats (20-10), who will play eSouthern California in the second round today.
After Arizona surrendered an 18-point lead and fell behind 89-86, Lucet put the Wildcats back on top with consecutive layups in the final 52 seconds.
The Ducks (13-17) had two chances to win it at the end, but Deanna Weaver missed two free throws with 5.6 second to play and Ariel Thomas airballed a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Thomas scored 29 points and Amanda Johnson had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon, which trailed 51-36 at halftime.