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Women's NCAA Tournament: Florida State upset by Arizona State

Arizona State’s Sybil Dosty, left, tries to control a loose ball while untangling herself from Florida State’s Cayla Moore during the first half. With their loss, the Seminoles finished the season 26-8.

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Arizona State’s Sybil Dosty, left, tries to control a loose ball while untangling herself from Florida State’s Cayla Moore during the first half. With their loss, the Seminoles finished the season 26-8.

DULUTH, Ga. — Fouls and an injury held back Briann January for most of the game, but not when Arizona State needed the senior the most.

In the process, she helped to end Florida State's best season ever.

January's return from an ankle injury gave the Sun Devils a spark, and Arizona State beat the Seminoles 63-58 on Monday night to advance to the NCAA Trenton Region semifinals.

Danielle Orsillo's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left gave the Sun Devils a 57-54 lead.

Mara Freshour missed a 3-point attempt for third-seeded FSU with 22 seconds left. 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 tonight's Texas A&M-Minnesota game Sunday. It will be trying to advance to the region final for the second time in three years under coach Charli Turner Thorne after reaching its first Elite Eight in 2007.

"I've had some great teams and great players over the years," said Turner Thorne after her 250th win in her 13th season at the school. "All made me proud, but I don't think I've ever been more proud than I am tonight."

Freshour led FSU (26-8) with 15 points. Courtney Ward added 12 for the Seminoles, who had their highest seed ever.

"It was a disappointing end to a great year," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "It came down to needing a defensive stop that we didn't get. Credit Arizona State for getting some 3s to get back in the game."

FSU 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 played eight minutes in the first half while picking up three fouls. She hit a 3-pointer five minutes into the second half but left shortly after colliding with Tanae Davis-Cain with 9:40 left.

ASU 63

FSU 58

Women's NCAA Tournament: Florida State upset by Arizona State 03/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:10am]
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