Car­ring­ton’s heave to end 3rd quar­ter sparks Car­di­nal

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TEMPE, Ariz. — DiJonai Car­ring­ton puts up half-court shots every practice de­spite ad­mon­ish­ments from her head coach. Practice only game shots, Stan­ford’s Tara VanDerveer tells her ju­nior guard.

No. 6 Stan­ford 72, No. 19 ASU 65 Tara VanDerveer

So when Car­ring­ton hit a mo­men­tum-chang­ing half­court shot at the end of the third quar­ter, she had a mes­sage for her coach: That’s a game shot.

Alanna Smith scored 25 points and Car­ring­ton ig­nited a key run with her half-court heave, help­ing the No. 6 Car­di­nal hold off No. 19 Ari­zona State 72-65 on Fri­day night.

“She prac­tices it, so it wasn’t

sur­pris­ing,” VanDerveer said. “She can make that shot.”

Stan­ford (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) led by 12 at half­time be­fore Ari­zona State (11-4, 2-2) re­sponded in the third quar­ter.

The Sun Devils cut the deficit to 48-47, but Car­ring­ton buried a half-court shot at the buzzer to be­gin a 9-0 Car­di­nal run. She fin­ished with 17 points and 11 re­bounds.

“We kind of had some what I call knuck­le­head plays (in the third), but I thought we re­grouped re­ally well,” VanDerveer said. “We were able to find a way to win.”

Charnea John­son-Chap­man had 16 points for ASU, which went 4-for-19 from long range.

“We’ve got to be bet­ter. You have to play for 40 min­utes, and we’re not,” ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “We’re not play­ing team of­fense, we’re not ex­e­cut­ing our game plan.”

The Car­di­nal opened up Pac-12 play with a sweep of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia schools, beat­ing USC by eight, UCLA by six. Ari­zona 60, No. 24 Cal 55

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