Women's basketball defeats South Dakota State

<p><a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/simon_dymond01.html">D… Simon</a> scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the second half as Arizona State won its fourth consecutive game, defeating South Dakota State 63-52.</p><separator></separator><p><a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/fulcher_janae00.html">… Fulcher</a> added 10 points while guards <a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/patterson_markisha00.h… Patterson</a> (9 points, 8 rebounds) and <a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/watson_tenaya00.html">… Watson</a> (7 points, 8 rebounds) combined for 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Sun Devils (7-2), who outrebounded the Jackrabbits 37-34.</p><separator></separator><p>For the second time in as many games the Sun Devils made a season-best six 3-point field goals in addition to shooting a season-best 50 percent (6-12) from 3-point range.</p><separator></separator><p>As has been a consistent theme during its current winning streak, ASU continued to be dominant on the defensive end as it limited the Jackrabbits (4-6) to a season-low shooting effort of 33 percent while the 52 points South Dakota State scored were its fewest in a home game since the 1986-87 campaign.</p><separator></separator><p>The Jackrabbits made only 14 field goals however were able to stay in the game thanks in large part to a 21-of-30 effort from the free throw line. The Sun Devils, meanwhile, had taken only seven free throws in the first 35 minutes of the game, before hitting 6-of-7 in the final five minutes of play</p><separator></separator><p>ASU led the entire second half, however found itself threatened when Jackrabbit guard Jill Young hit a 3-pointer to cut the Sun Devil lead to 53-51 with 5:48 remaining.</p><separator></separator><p>Young's three would be South Dakota State's final field goal of the night as the Sun Devils closed the game with a 10-1 run, not allowing the Jackrabbits to score a single point the final 4:03 of the game while outrebounding them 10-3.</p><separator></separator><p>After falling behind 22-17 midway through the first half the Sun Devils answered with an 11-0 run to go up 28-22. Following the scoring burst ASU would not trail for the remainder of the game as they eventually took a 36-32 lead into the locker room.</p><separator></separator><p>The Sun Devils shot 52 percent in the first half, including 67 percent (4-6) from 3-point range. <a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/brandon_kimberly00.htm… Brandon</a> led the Sun Devils as she scored all eight of her points during the first 20 minutes.</p><separator></separator><p>ASU returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts No. 22 DePaul (13-1), which upset second-ranked Stanford 91-71 on Thursday night. The ASU-DePaul game on Tuesday will be the second game of an ASU basketball doubleheader as the Sun Devil men kicks things off when they host Long Beach State at 5 p.m.</p><separator></separator><p>Both games will be televised live by Fox Sports Arizona.</p><separator></separator><!-- STORY AD BEGINS HERE --></p>