Arizona State Coach Charli Turner Thorne came to the postgame news conference with her hat on backward. She made an offhand comment about probably looking ridiculous. Its the result of celebrating a second upset win in less than 48 hours. After her team pushed through victories against No. 2 Oregon on Friday and No. 3 Oregon State on Sunday, she didn’t care a bit.
“Both of them are great programs,” Turner Thorne said. “But so are we.”
Ja’Tavia Tapley scored 14 points, Robbi Ryan and Reili Richardson added 10 each, and Arizona State beat Oregon State, 55-47.
It’s the first time a women’s basketball team has beaten two Associated Press top-five teams in back-to-back games during the regular season since 2010, when Stanford topped No. 4 Xavier and No. 1 UConn.
The Sun Devils (13-4, 3-2 Pac-12) topped Oregon, 72-66, on Friday night and once again relied on defense and clutch shooting to get past Oregon State.
It capped a tough week for the sport’s elite teams: No. 1 UConn also lost, and there will almost certainly be a shake-up in the national rankings on Monday.
Oregon State (15-1, 3-1) couldn’t overcome a brutal shooting performance. The Beavers shot 19 of 61 (32 percent) from the field, including 2 of 20 from 3-point range.
Arizona State led, 39-32, after the third quarter thanks to Jayde Van Hyfte’s 3-point play with two seconds left. She grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup while being fouled.
The Sun Devils never trailed in the fourth quarter, though Oregon State tied it at 45-45 on Destiny Slocum’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes 31 seconds left. Arizona State responded with the next 8 points and hung on from there.
“With this team, we have really great potential,” Arizona State forward Jamie Ruden said. “So I don’t even think about limits or what we can’t do. I think we’re doing a good job of just showing up and focusing on what we can control.”
Arizona State jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter, holding Oregon State scoreless for the final eight minutes. The Beavers shot 2 of 14 in the quarter and missed all five of their 3-point attempts.
Oregon State’s scoreless drought continued well into the second quarter before Mikayla Pivec grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup 6:49 before halftime. The bucket did little to stop the offensive ineptitude — Arizona State led, 24-14, at halftime after the Beavers shot 6 of 32 from the field, including 0 of 10 on 3-pointers.
Pivec and Slocum scored 13 points apiece for Oregon State. Taylor Jones added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
“It’s a bummer to lose, no question,” Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck said. “But there’s nothing but growth ahead for this team. We usually take adversity and handle it pretty well.”
Oregon State had its closest win of the year on Friday, needing a jumper with 1.4 seconds left to beat No. 18 Arizona, 63-61. But it had no such magic on Sunday, missing several shots down the stretch.