March 23, 2009
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) – Arizona State senior Briann January returned from an ankle injury to give her team a spark, and the Sun Devils beat Florida State 63-58 on Monday night to advance to the NCAA regional semifinals.
Danielle Orsillo’s 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining gave the Sun Devils a 57-54 lead.
Following Orsillo’s 3, Mara Freshour missed a 3-point attempt for third-seeded Florida State with 22 seconds remaining. January, Kate Engelbrecht and Orsillo each added two free throws for the Sun Devils in the final 20 seconds to protect the lead.
Sixth-seeded Arizona State (25-8) will play the winner of Tuesday’s Texas A&M-Minnesota game on Sunday in Trenton, N.J.
Sybil Dosty had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Engelbrecht had 12 points for the Sun Devils.
Freshour led Florida State (26-8) with 15 points. Courtney Ward added 12 points.
Ward’s 3-pointer for Florida State with 1:40 left tied the game again at 54-54. After misses by January and Jacinta Monroe, Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne called a timeout with 45 seconds remaining to set up Orsillo’s go-ahead 3-pointer.
Florida State took the lead with a 10-0 run late in the first half and pulled away again with eight straight points to lead 40-31 midway through the second half.
January, the two-time Pac-10 defensive player of the year, played only 8 minutes in the first half while picking up three fouls. The senior guard hit a 3-pointer 5 minutes into the second half but left shortly after colliding with Tanae Davis-Cain with 9:40 remaining.
January, who was limping after falling to the floor, had her right ankle taped and returned with 6:44 remaining and Florida State leading 44-39.
January’s return seemed to spark the Sun Devils. Gabby Fage made two 3-pointers in a span of 40 seconds and January added another 3 with 5:03 remaining to tie the score at 48. January picked up her fourth foul about 15 seconds after her 3 but left the game for only about a minute.
January had 11 points, six assists and two steals in only 23 minutes.
Florida State led 24-20 at halftime despite going more than 8 minutes without scoring.
Arizona State led 17-12 before the Seminoles scored 10 straight points, capped by Monroe’s fastbreak layup, for a 22-17 lead.