Brandon leads the Lady Sun Devils in victory

Being on the road for the last three weeks the Lady Sun Devils were happy to be back at Wells Fargo Arena hosting the ASU Classic. Unfortunately the familiar surroundings didn't ensure a solid performance for the maroon and gold. The ASU women did beat Cal Poly 69-58, yet with 25 turnovers and a lead that was slim until late in the game there wasn't much to smile over this victory.

"Obviously the worst game we played by far this year," said ASU head Coach Charlie Turner Thorne. "The team is fatigued mentally and physically from traveling. It came through in practice and in the game."

With Becca Tobin out due to an foot strain the Sun Devils (4-2) still started off the game with a 15-2 run and thanks to a good job driving to the basket were in control the rest of the period leading Cal Poly (2-4) 35-19 at halftime.

Kimberly Brandon ended the half with 10 points and 8 rebounds, en route to her career high of 16 points and 15 rebounds. She carried four fouls for most of the second half but avoided fouling out.

"So far this was my best game I have ever played," Brandon confessed. "Rebounding was our biggest goal tonight. But we need to communicate better."

"Kimberly stepped it up for Becca," Turner-Thorne stated. "Hopefully Becca will be able to play. Becca is our best passing post player. Becca is a huge leader for this team in many ways that even does not show up on the stats. It was a great test for our team."

The ASU head coach added that Tobin's status is day to day and that the team will proceed on with caution on her injury.

In the second half the Sun Devils played sloppy, as Cal Poly begun the half with a 7-0 run. ASU answered with a 9-0 run to increase their lead to 58-40. The Mustangs stormed back to cut down the lead to 64-58 with 2:19 remaining but the hosts were able to hang on for the win.

Dymond Simon posted 13 points, while Janae Fulcher and Tenaya Watson scored 10 points each for the Sun Devils. Watson added nine steals which is one shy of the school record set in 1981.

"The passes are there, but we need to be patient," Simon noted. "We are getting better, but we need to make corrections fast. Without Becca, she is a finesse player, and we were missing that tonight. Tenaya set the tone on defense tonight and getting after it".

ASU will play either New Mexico or Lamar 25 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday's consolation game which begins at 2 p.m.

"We need to get better playing 40 minutes of basketball," Turner Thorne said. "We still have a lot of growing to do. These long trips make us not as fresh as we want to be. We just need to figure it out for tomorrow."

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