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Hempen scores 16, leading balanced Arizona State to 69-61 win over Vanderbilt

  • Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne coaches her team against Vanderbilt during the first half in a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne coaches her team against Vanderbilt during the first half in a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Lister (11) dribbles as Arizona State guard Elisha Davis (23) defends during the first half in a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Lister (11) dribbles as Arizona State guard Elisha Davis (23) defends during the first half in a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

Katie Hempen scored 16 points, and ninth-seeded Arizona State handed eighth-seeded Vanderbilt a rare first-round loss in the NCAA tournament, holding off the Commodores 69-61 on Saturday.

The Sun Devils (23-9) shot 62 percent to win this matchup between two teams who struggled coming into this tournament. Arizona State had lost three in a row and six of eight. Vanderbilt's loss Saturday was its fifth straight and 10th in 12 games.

Marqu'es Webb scored 18 points for the Commodores (18-13), overpowering Arizona State inside, and senior star Christina Foggie added 16.

Deja Mann, Arizona State's leading scorer, did not attempt a shot in the first half and finished with only eight points — but the Sun Devils had enough balance and depth.