Known for controlling the momentum on the court, the Lady Devils have reentered a confident mindset after rallying back from 15-point deficits against UC Riverside and Louisville in the first two rounds of this year's NCAA tournament.
Danielle Orsillo paced Arizona State on Saturday, after being made aware only minutes before the start of the game that she would replace teammate Briann January as a starter. January was unable to participate in the game due to the after-effects of a concussion suffered on the court against the team's last game against Louisville.
The third-seeded ASU women's team maintained an early lead against the Mid-American Conference leader, and was ahead by 16 point at the half, 40-24. Living up to their reputation, the Devils physically wore down the Falcons in the second half and continued to dominate on both ends of the floor en route to the win.
Junior Jill Noe grabbed a quick lay-up at the 13:14 mark, followed successfully by another one just seconds later to hold a 50-36 lead. Later, a swift toss from Westerberg to Johnson for the shot had ASU leading 57-41 with less than nine minutes remaining in the game, and the maroon and gold just cruised from there.
Orsillo knocked in 16 points followed by co-captains Emily Westerberg, 15, and Aubree Johnson with 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds, and three blocks.
With an average season field goal percentage of 47, the Devils topped that on Saturday with an impressive 57% compared to their opponents 40% during the second half.
Bowling Green, who set a school record 31 wins this season, lead by the high-scorer Ali Mann who made 15 points in Saturday's game. Carin Horne knocked in 12 points while Liz Honegger grabbed six rebounds, but teammate Kate Achter had a difficult outing with eight personal turnovers.
Following Saturday's game ASU Coach Charli Turner Thorne expressed her enormous pride of this team. The ASU Lady Devils have the depth and experience needed to be the fierce competitor they have shown themselves to be, and plan to use this to their advantage as far as this post-season takes them. Up next for ASU is the Greensboro Regional finals against Rutgers, who edges Duke today 53-52. The game will take place on Monday, and tip-off is at 4 pm Arizona time.
Devils Ground Falcons, Advance to Elite Eight
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