Alanna Smith scored 25 points and DiJonai Carrington hit a momentum-changing half-court shot to end the third quarter, helping No. 6 Stanford hold off No. 19 Arizona State 72-65 in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday night.
Stanford (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) dominated the first half to lead by 12 before Arizona State (11-4, 2-2) responded in the third quarter.
The Sun Devils cut their deficit to 48-47, but Carrington buried a half-court shot at the buzzer to ignite a 9-0 Cardinal run. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 16 points for the Sun Devils, who went 4-for-19 from beyond the arc.
The Sun Devils hit an offensive rut in the first half, going 1-for-10 from three-point range while shooting 27 percent.
The Cardinal had their inside-out game working, hitting 13 of 23 first-half shots.
Roles reversed to open the second half, when Arizona State went on a 13-4 run, making six of its first 10 shots to trim Stanford’s lead to 38-35.
The Sun Devils kept hitting — 12 of 18 in the third quarter — while the Cardinal struggled finding an offensive flow. Carrington gave Stanford a momentum boost with her third-quarter buzzer-beater, and the Cardinal held off one more Arizona State charge in the fourth quarter.
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