Cold shooting hampers ASU at Stanford

Coming off a loss to Cal ASU (10-3, 2-1 Pac-10) traveled to Palo Alto to face red hot Stanford (11-2, 2-0) ranked No. 4 in the nation and before this game have won 53 straight home games. The Sun Devils came into this game as the underdog previously beating De Paul who defeated Stanford. Nonetheless, Cardinal had no trouble cruising to an 82-35 win.

From tip off, to the final buzzer the Lady Devils trailed the entire game. The Sun Devils struggled throughout the entire game on mid-range jump shots and the three point line as they trail at half 42-12. The lack of size of the Sun Devils was magnified due to the fact that they struggled rebounding the ball.

Therefore, Stanford was able to score very easily on the Sun Devils with easy jump shots and points in transition. At one point in the game the Lady Cardinals had a lead of 47 points. Due to the fact that Stanford was able to control and limit the high energy Sun Devils early in the game, the Cardinal benched most starters towards the end of the first half. Leading the Cardinal was Jeanette Pohlen with 18 points and 4 rebounds.

With an extremely tough road trip for the Sun Devils, in this game their weaknesses were exposed with lack of size and inconsistency to effectively run their new triangle offense. Senior Dymond Simon led the way with 7 points for Arizona State. Their team motto seems to be that day in and day out their playing with high energy and although their percentages were at a season low at 22.8%, it will give the Devils the incentive to work on their fixable problems and learn from this game.

With a week to prepare the Lady Devils travel back home to take on rival Arizona Wildcats Saturday at 3pm M.T. The Lady Sun Devils will need to rely on the senior leadership by point guard Dymond Simon to help get back on the winning side of their games.

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