Devils Fall to Stanford at Home

No. 9 Stanford Cardinals defeated the No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils women's basketball team in overtime, 73-65, continuing on their 15 game winning streak.

The two teams battled back and forth for a lead that switched hands several times on Saturday afternoon. A close game until overtime, the Devils lost their momentum moments after a clutch free throw by Co-Captain Emily Westerberg, who temporarily gave ASU the lead, 59-57, before Candice Wiggins' jump shot that tied the game, 59-59.

"We weren't as energized and I wanted us to be," said Coach Turner Thorne. "We're an energy team." The Sun Devils, who gave up 14 shots in overtime, had a mere 20% field goal average in the last few minutes of the game. "We took a couple shots . . . We were ready for overtime but it didn't go our way," said Senior Aubree Johnson.

Similar to the last few games, the Lady Devils have struggled to get points on the board. In spite of this, Danielle Orsillo tallied 15 points, followed by Briann January and Reagan Pariseau, who had 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Devils averaged a low 33% field goal accuracy, compared with the Cardinals 42%.

"I don't think we worked for our shots today," said Coach Turner Thorne, "We needed to work harder on offense to get the shots we wanted . . . We're in a little slump offensively."

This afternoon it was Cardinals junior Candice Wiggins who gained the upper hand, collecting just seven points in the first 20 minutes; she later totaled 30 points, dodging blocks and picks throughout the remainder of the game. Freshman Jayne Appel also had a good offensive game, racking up 17 points; while Kristen Newlin had a team high ten rebounds.

The Sun Devils' next two games will be played on the road against Washington on February 1, and Washington State on February 3.

"We've got five of our last seven [games] on the road," says Coach Turner Thorne. "It's going to be a battle."

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