Devils Win Comfortably Against Boston Univ.

The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Boston University Terriers at the 2006 Verizon Wireless ASU Classic Friday evening, 75-53.

Though the Devils were without their co-captains, Seniors Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg, due to the death of Aubree's brother last weekend, the remaining Devils stepped up and lead the way to victory. "Emily and Aubree both want us to go out on the court and play hard for them and for Aubree's brother," said Sophomore Guard Briann January. "That is what we're out here to do. We're here to win basketball games for them."

January, who came out big for the Devils, led the team with 12 points, three assists, and three steals in the first half. However, it was Danielle Orsillo who finished as the high scorer with 19 points. Kirsten Thompson and Jill Noe also played hard and tied with seven rebounds each, while Thompson went on to score 14 points.

The Devils played great defense Friday evening, keeping the high scorer for Boston, Katie Meinhardt, at a meager six points. "I could not be more proud of my team tonight," said Coach Turner Thorne. . . . "It was just awesome to see our entire team step up play what I thought was tremendous team defense. . . "Meinhardt is their leader, their senior, their key to the game and Briann and company just locked her down."

Although it was under unfortunate circumstances that the younger players on the Sun Devils were forced to step up, they did. Sophomore Cristina Lopez had her first start of the season and Freshman Gaby Fage and Kayli Murphy had some quality playing time and each finished with five rebounds.

The score was close for much of the first half, but Orsillo's layup in the final moment solidified the Devils ten point lead. She then went on to play well in the remainder of the game along side her teammates. The Devils had a high lead of 22 points against the terriers throughout the second half and finished well, with the night's win.

The Devils will move on to play Northern Arizona University for the 2006 Verizon Wireless ASU Classic Tournament Championship this Saturday evening.

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