January's career night leads ASU over UC Davis
Briann January scored a career-best 25 points and tied a school record with seven three-point field goals as No. 25 Arizona State defeated UC Davis 73-59.
January, whose seven three-pointers were part of a school record 14 triples for the Sun Devils, scored Arizona State's first 12 points of the second half during a 17-4 run which broke the game open.
Dymond Simon added 20 points and Danielle Orsillo had 10 for the Sun Devils (4-2), who shot 50 percent (25-50) from the field, including 61 percent (14-23) from beyond the arc. The Sun Devils' 14 three-point field goals eclipsed the previous school record of 10 set at Stanford on January 21, 2006.
Paige Mintun had 18 points to lead UC Davis (3-2).
The Aggies, who trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, came out and scored the first eight points of the second half to get within four points, 37-33, on a pair of free throws by Mintun with 17:46 remaining.
Following the Aggies' run January would personally account for the first 12 points - four three-point field goals - while Simon scored the last five of a 17-4 run by the Sun Devils, which gave them their largest lead of the game, 54-37, with 13:02 remaining.
The resilient Aggies would score the next nine points, to cut ASU's lead to 54-46 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Mintun with 9:42 left in the game, however Arizona State would score the next five points capped by a three-point field goal by Orsillo to push its lead back up to 13.
Six different Sun Devils scored baskets as the Sun Devils started the game on a 14-0 run. The Aggies did not score their first points until freshman guard Hana Asano made a pair of free throws at the 14:32 mark of the first half. Asano would also account for the Aggies' first field goal of the game when she converted a three-pointer with 11:52 remaining in the first half to cut ASU's largest lead of the first half to 17-5.
UC Davis would get within four points, 27-23, on Mintun's field goal with 2:50 left in the half before the Sun Devils went on a 10-0 run - back-to-back three-point field goals by Orsillo, and a field goal and pair of free throws by January - to help them take a 37-25 lead into the locker room.