Lady Sun Devils trash rival

Coming off of a disappointing road trip the Lady Sun Devils (10-4, 2-2 Pac- 10) were looking to boost their confidence. Their home game against rival University of Arizona Wildcats (11-4, 2-2 Pac-10) provided just that as they cruised to a 75-43 win in front of 4,912 at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory was ASU's 11 straight over their archrival.

"I am really happy. We played tough and I am glad it showed," ASU coach Charli Turner-Thorne excitedly said. "I didn't think it matter who we played today, we were just hungry. Tonight we are going to make you work. U of A is an explosive team. Tonight we had a great crowd and with that our kids play with a lot of pride."

Starting early in the first half the Sun Devils established a huge lead while playing with, what seems to be their best asset, energy. ASU was able to score easy baskets and used their size advantage extremely well. The Sun Devils shot 45.1 percent the first half, and thanks to effective passing and high percentage shots they were able to break away from the Wildcats and take early control of the game.

The Sun Devils held the Wildcats to a 19.2 percent from the field in the first half. Becca Tobin and Kimberley Brandon each had 6 points in that period.

"This week we practiced hard on our defense," said Tobin who expected a closer game on Sunday afternoon. "The turnovers are attributed to helping each other out."

"Our depth is strength for us," Turner-Thorne said. "It is big for both defense and offense. It was great to have all 14 players contribute."

The second half was no different than the first for ASU, as they came out of the gates extremely confident, relaxed and with high energy, much of it fueled by the home crowd, and led by as much as 35 points. Emotions can sometime get the best of you in a rivalry game, but the Sun Devils showed a good measure of discipline.

ASU's Kimberly Brandon had another outstanding performance leading her team with a double-double collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"She is doing really well, she is a tough and works really hard," Turner-Thorne commented on Brandon. "It is gratifying as a coach to know I have a player like that".

As Kimberly Brandon simply put it "I just go hard."

Tobin posted 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Tenaya registered 11 points and 4 rebounds. The maroon and gold shot 48.3 percent from the field and limited the Wildcats to 29.8 percent and forced them into 22 turnovers.

Arizona was paced by Davellyn Whyte who had 13 points. Wildcats' senior forward Ify Ibekw was scoreless in 12 minutes of play. Her 14.7 points per game were sorely missed by the visitors and surely didn't help Arizona in today's contest.

Next up for ASU is a Thursday morning meeting Washington State with an 11 a.m tip-off Wells Fargo Arena. The game is the second of third consecutive Pac-10 home contests and the Sun Devils would like nothing more than to keep their momentum going in conference play.


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