Lady Devils Drop Second Exhibition Game

The ASU Women's Basketball squad hosted the Chinese National Team on Thursday night in what turned out to be a dynamic display of resilience by both teams. It may have only been an exhibition match, but it resulted in a disappointing 63-59 loss for the Sun Devils who are still seeking their first, exhibition or regular season, win of the season.

The Lady Devils got off to a slow start against the towering Chinese National team. Consequently, they were outscored and out rebounded early in the game. Fortunately, costly turnovers and unforced errors by their opponent allowed ASU to stay close.

The maroon and gold trailed by double digits for much of the first half, but were able to gain momentum as halftime neared. With 2:25 left to go sophomore point guard Dymond Simon made a clutch three pointer followed up by two free throws from Lauren Lacy- putting the Devils within one point of the visitors.

After a sloppy start in the post, ASU made adjustments down low that allowed them more high percentage shots. Late in the first half 6'3 forward Lauren Lacy became a key force through her ability to get position on the defender, which opened up scoring opportunities. Going into halftime the Devils trailed by only two points, 30-28.

The momentum carried into the second half when an energized and optimistic ASU team emerged from the locker room. Within the first minute of being back on the court Danielle Orsillo, who had a career high game against North Carolina last week, was able to tie the score.

It continued to be a defensive battle between the two teams - each team scored only four points in the first five minutes of the second half. However, China slowly started to pull away by using good ball movement to create open shots.

Lacey continued to be a dominant force on both ends of the court throughout the entirety of the game. Lacey, who is playing in her first season for ASU after transferring from the University of Minnesota, finished with 17 points.

With two minutes left to go in the game ASU's leading point guard Briann January made four free throws to force a tie, 56-56. She continued her run by completing a lay-up with 46 seconds on the clock giving the Devils a 59-58 lead. Nonetheless, the Chinese team was able to retake the lead for good down the stretch and secure the win

January scored 19 points to pace her team. She also tied a game high with five assists.

Next for ASU is a home game against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

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