Lady Devils Cruise in NCAA Tourney Opener

They led from the opening tip-off and never looked back. That's how dominating the ASU Women's basketball team was Saturday in Tucson against Stephen F. Austin, as they crushed the opposition 80-61.

The Lady Sun Devils (25-6) had already had a double-digit margin, 13-2, at the 13:42 mark of the first half. The Ladyjacks (23-8) were never able to cut their deficit to less than 11 points, and scored their tenth point of the contest with 9:10 remaining in the half. ASU kept the pedal to the metal and ended the opening period with a commanding 46-23 edge.

Stephen F. Austin actually outscored the maroon and gold 38-34 in the second half, but the damage was already done. ASU had a 28-point lead, 72-44, with 8:20 remaining. From here until the final buzzer, the Lady Devils were content playing less aggressive and scored only eight points, but securing a first round victory in the process.

Kristin Kovesdy paced ASU with 22 points and 11 boards. Fellow post player Kristen Thompson had 12, and Aubree Johnson was the only other Sun Devil player in double figures with ten. All in all, 11 players made the score sheet. ASU made only 2-10 three-point shots, but held their opponent to 38.8% shooting, 28.1% in the first half. LaToya Mills led all players on the floor with 24 points.

Next for the Lady Sun Devils is a math up against the Utah Utes on Monday. Tip-off time has yet to be announced.

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