Leading 48-18 at the half, ASU went on to have a largely continuous thirty point spread, dominating the boards throughout the second half. As expected, Coach Turner Thorne's timely substitutions kept fresh legs on the court and rotated players in out and dividing the time equally, with an average of eighteen minutes of floor time per person. This allowed ASU to keep a brisk paced game.
Co-captain Aubree Johnson led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds, followed by Kirsten Thompson with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Dymond Simon and Danielle Orsillo also played well finishing with 15 points and five assists and 10 points, respectively. Senior Jill Noe sat out this game due to a minor hip flexor.
The ASU women hit 58% of their field goals, while holding their opponent at 28.6% accuracy. Their dominating defense and high intensity momentum ultimately wore the Colonels down.
"We really wanted to work on getting better, because we played a lot of games in a short amount of time," said Johnson. "Our focus is doing what we do and improve on every aspect of the game. It's a good win for us."
"We're really excited about our team speed," said senior Emily Westerberg. "And our ability to work together. We're working on our transition offense and it looks great right now. We want to be a full court team."
Being ranked 12th in the country is something that will put a smile of the fans of the team, but the players themselves pay no attention to it. "We ignore it all together," commented Westerberg. "There's nothing this team has done to earn it. Obviously, we want be there (high in the rankings) at the end of the season, but it doesn't mean anything right now. We want to earn it."
"This is where we wanted to be at this point," said head coach Charli Turner Thorne following the game. "4-0, with a little momentum going into Sunday's game (against Tennessee). Tonight, it was a real good effort. We went eight or nine days without a day off, so I think they earned a day off (smile)." In regards to the team's ranking she sided with her players saying that: "We don't talk about it, we ignore it. It means absolutely nothing at this point of this season. It's really a tribute to last year's team more than anything. Our team understands that and is very grounded in terms of where we want to be at the end of March, hopefully going into April. It is nice for recruiting…"
ASU will face off against Tennessee this Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena at 12 p.m. mountain time. This will be the first televised game of the Arizona State women's 2007-2008 basketball season.
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