Lady Devils Clobber Colonels

Arizona State may have not played their trademark stifling defense, but their offensive explosion, shooting 59.3% from the field, overwhelmed Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The Sun Devils never trailed and led by double digits for virtually the entire game, en route to a convincing 87-65 win in the NCAA's first round play.

Emily Westerberg scored 13 of her team's first 26 points, as ASU jumped to a commanding 26-7 lead at the 11:14 mark of the first half. The Lady Devils didn't let up the rest of the first stanza, and Amy Denson's three-point play put he team ahead by 20 46-26 with 2:55 remaining in the period. ASU scored only two points in the waning moments of the first half, but still enjoyed a comfortable 48-31 margin. Interestingly enough, ASU played all of its 12 players during the first 20 minutes.

The second half was much more dramatic than the first, as the Colonels got back into the game thanks to some sharp shooting offense. The Lady Devils still enjoyed a double-digit lead, 37-57, at the 14:09 mark of the second half. However, 15 points by Ashley Cazee brought down the lead to only nine points, 69-60, with 5:38 remaining in the game. That run by Eastern Kentucky was perhaps the wake-up ASU needed, as they outscored their opponents 14-3 to jump once again to a 20-point lead, 83-63, with 1:36 left in the game.

Westerberg paced the Devils with 23 points. The sophomore was 3-3 from behind the arc, and converted all six of her free throws. Kristen Kovesdy and Aubree Johnson were the only other ASU players in double figures with 18 and 10 respectively. Johnson had a team-high five rebounds. ASU won the battle on the glass 35-28, and had the edge in assists too 25-15. Miranda Eckerle led Eastern Kentucky with 24.

Up next for the Lady Devils is A Monday meeting against Notre Dame (Tip-Off TBA). A win would not only advance ASU to the sweet sixteen for the first time since 1983, but also have them playing back home at Wells Fargo Arena.

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