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ASU women's basketball collapses in third quarter at Oregon State

The Sun Devils suffered their first loss since December 5th.

ASU women’s basketball head coach Charli Turner Thorne argues a call vs. Cal women’s basketball at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 8, 2015.

ASU women’s basketball head coach Charli Turner Thorne argues a call vs. Cal women’s basketball at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 8, 2015.

The losing team scored six points in the third quarter in a matchup between No. 8 ASU women's basketball and No. 9 Oregon State on Sunday.

Sound familiar? Well, that's the exact number of points that the Oregon Ducks scored in a 63-58 loss on Friday in Eugene.

This time around in Corvallis, that dreadful shoe was on ASU's foot.

In the first ever matchup between two top-10 teams at Gill Coliseum, the Beavers (18-3, 9-1 Pac-12) demoralized the Sun Devils (18-4, 9-1 Pac-12) in a 67-44 slaughter thanks to a lockdown defensive performance in the second half.

As far as offensive performances go, Oregon State got a phenomenal one from senior guard Jamie Weisner, who scored 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

Weisner was just one of many Beaver players that gave ASU fits from the outside.

"Any time we made a mistake they made us pay," ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said in an interview with NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM. "We just didn't feel like we were as locked in as we needed to be on both ends of the floor."

ASU jumped out to an 8-3 advantage in the first quarter, attacking a much larger Oregon State front line anchored by 6-foot-6 senior center Ruth Hamblin and flying around on the defensive end.

The Beavers responded with the kind of quality ball movement and three-point shooting that makes them such a dangerous team. Having junior guard Sydney Wiese back from injury also provided an important spark on the offensive side.

An intense first quarter in the biggest game of the Pac-12 season so far ended with the Sun Devils and Beavers knotted at 12.

A myriad of lead changes added to the excitement of this top tier matchup until the middle of the second quarter when, led by the stellar play of Weisner, Oregon State went on a 7-0 run to take a 25-19 lead.

After getting itself to the line and back into the game, ASU drew the third foul of the half on Wiese with 4:20 to go until the break. This provided an opportunity for the Sun Devils to get within two at halftime, 31-29.

The second half began with an eerily similar third quarter to that of the Oregon vs. ASU game on Friday; this time around, though, the Sun Devils were on the other end of a defense-fueled run. With Hamblin coming alive on both ends of the floor, the Beavers won the third quarter 18-6.

In the fourth, it was more of the same for ASU as it couldn't find any kind of offensive rhythm and fell by 23 points — its worst loss of the season.

The Sun Devils shot 31 percent from the field. Their normally stout defense allowed the Beavers to shoot 58 percent, including 8-of-15 from three-point range.

Turner Thorne said the two areas that her team absolutely needs to improve on if it wants to make a deep postseason run are rebounding and team offense.

"Fifteen in a row is a lot of games to win," Turner Thorne said. "But when you're not scoring against a team like Oregon State, it's hard to hold them — and we didn't execute our game plan defensively."

ASU will stay overnight in Portland and fly back home tomorrow morning, where it will begin preparations for its tilt with No. 14 UCLA on Friday in Tempe.

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