Bruins too much for Devils

The Arizona State Sun Devils (17-9, 9-7 Pac-10) played their final home game this season against the #11 nationally ranked UCLA Bruins (24-3, 14-2 Pac-10). For seniors Dymond Simon, Becca Tobin and Tenaya Watson it was their last game as a Lady Sun Devils Devil but it was not a pleasant memory as ASU to the Bruins 61-45.

"It was a tough game tonight," Simon confessed, "but looking on the brighter side we might beat them again in the Pac-10 Tournament. As a guard, I take full fault to this entire game I didn't step up like I needed to."

The first half was a positive period for the Lady Sun Devils. Playing against a quality Bruin team, they were able to play aggressive and keep their deficit to a minimum. Tobin has 6 hard earned points under the basket, and coming off the bench junior Alex Earl was electric hitting her two three pointers. However, ASU's nine turnovers prevented them for claiming the lead as they went down to the locker room trailing 24-21.

The second half was dominated by the Bruins who scored with ease especially in the paint. A 17-0 run early in the period crushed any hopes ASU had to pulling off the upset.

Tobin was the only ASU player in double figures with 10 points and she paced her squad with six rebounds. Earl had nine points off the bench for the Lady Sun Devils. The hosts committed 19 turnovers and shot just 30.4 percent from the field. The Bruins' Jasmine Dixon led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

"Thursday night took a lot out of us," said ASU head coach Charlie Turner Thorne alluding to her team's win over USC. "We needed everyone to step up to beat a team of this caliber. We just did into execute, and tonight we didn't have it. We got away from being in the moment.

"We will regroup and we will just need to start playing better basketball".

Coming up next for the Lady Sun Devils is a road game at Oregon on Thursday March 3rd at 8pm as they look to bounce back and end their regular season on a winning streak.

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