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TOLEDO, Ohio – 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.