TEMPE — Katie Hempen scored 11 points Tuesday, nine in the second half, and No. 11 Arizona State rode a second-half surge to a 60-36 victory over Arizona.
With the score tied at 26, Arizona State (20-3, 9-2 Pacific-12 Conference) opened the second half with a 12-2 run and led 38-28, forcing an Arizona timeout, then had runs of 8-0 and 14-0 to lead by 26.
Deja Mann and Joy Burke scored eight apiece for the Sun Devils, who will face Arizona (4-18, 0-11) again on Sunday, this time in Tucson.
Adrianne Thomas put the Sun Devils on top with a layup, but Arizona took charge on a 7-0 run capped by a layup by Breanna Workman and led 18-8. ASU’s Mann and Elisha Davis each hit treys in an 8-0 run that tied the score at 26 at halftime.
“We started the second half and didn’t play well on the defensive end,” Arizona coach Niya Butts said. “We talked about it at halftime, and we talked about it in the huddle. We just seemed to fall apart in the second half.”
Kama Griffitts led Arizona with 10 points, and LaBrittney Jones grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Carissa Crutchfield added nine points, and Erica Barnes had eight points.
Connecticut 102, SMU 41: In Storrs, Conn., Bria Hartley scored 21 points, and Breanna Stewart added 20 to lead UConn to its 30th straight win.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists as all five starters reached double figures for UConn (24-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference).
Stefanie Dolson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five of UConn’s 14 blocked shots. Moriah Jefferson had 14 points and five assists.
No. 4 Louisville 74, UCF 59: In Orlando, Fla., Asia Taylor’s double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds led a balanced Louisville offense.
Sara Hammond had 14 points, Shoni Schimmel 11 and Emmanuel Henderson 10 for the Cardinals (23-1 overall, 11-0 American Athletic Conference), who face top-ranked UConn on Sunday.
The Cardinals finally pulled away when Schimmel and Hammond combined for 10 points on a 15-3 run that gave Louisville a 58-38 lead on Taylor’s three-pointer with 12 minutes to play.