Lady Devils Look to Rebound in Washington

Two tough losses like the pair the Arizona State women's basketball team suffered this past weekend on their home floor could do one of two things to a team. It could send a team spiraling into a losing streak, or it could make them tougher and use it as a jumpstart for the rest of the season. According to their leader, senior Jill Noe, the Devils will choose the latter.

"It's all how you take it. If you want it, you could let it break your back, but we're definitely not going to," said Noe, "We're definitely learning from each and every mistake we make, I mean it showcased today, everyone was out there eager to learn and figure things out."

"We have a tendency to relax, and we need to just go get it every single possession. Not take one single ounce of a second off and cherish each possession."

Noe has been struggling to find her offensive rhythm the past few weeks. Noe has struggled with her outside shot, something that was a strength of hers' in years past.

"I don't know. I'm not going to make excuses for myself. I know I can perform a lot better. I got in this morning and got some shots up, and worked really hard today at practice," said Noe, "I'm not satisfied with my level of play right now. I know I can definitely give more to the team, so that's pretty much what I'm focusing on. I just want to work hard and get things done."

Charli Turner Thorne says Noe still contributes in other areas.

"Jill does a lot for us; she's definitely a leader for us out on the floor. She certainly hasn't gotten great looks in games, and she has to work harder to create those looks, I think she knows that," said Turner Thorne, "She hasn't rebounded as well, she needs to pick that up, and she knows that."

The Devils took plenty of possessions off in the second half of their loss Sunday to Stanford. ASU controlled the first half gaining an 11 point halftime advantage. That lead quickly vanished, and the Devils dropped a 60-56 decision.

"Thursday night we played about as bad as we can play, and were still sort of in the game. Sunday we controlled the whole first half, and the second half we got away from some things and still were in a position to win the basketball game," said Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne, "That shows us that if we put it together, we're right there."

"I still feel like that consistent effort, just playing hard every possession and communication, that's worth a good 10 to 15 points a game, easy, just talking to each other offensively and defensively in terms of everything."

Noe was happy the way her team came back to practice.

"We went hard to work today, got a lot of things figured out. We just know we need to work harder for 40 minutes. Put two halves together, Stanford's a great team, we had to know that they were going to come out and get after us in the second half. We just need to focus on ourselves and get back to doing what we know we are capable of doing."

"Every time we come off of a loss we respond very well. No one really gets too hard on themselves, maybe a little bit after the game. We just have to get back to work; we don't like to focus on the past, but rather the future," said Noe, "We just take it one day at a time, everyone bounced back today and were happy and willing to work and get things done to figure it out."

The Devils hope their positive practice will pay off when they head out to Washington (7-12, 2-5 Pac 10) this week. Their first test will be Thursday night when they take on the Huskies at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. Washington is coming off a pair of road losses at Oregon and Oregon State, but those losses were by a combined six points. UW has lost three of their last four games, with their only win in that stretch coming at home against USC.

"I think they are a much better team at home than they are on the road. I think their record reflects that, I mean they beat USC and beat Purdue; they have some really good wins and are a very confident, aggressive team at home," said Turner Thorne, "They are a team that has played every defense that has been invented by people who invented basketball."

"Offensively they have more bigs than they've ever had, so they have much more of an inside presence than they've had in the past. They are still a transition team and still like the three, but they are more balanced. They have a lot of depth in the post. Probably their greatest strength is rebounding, and that almost immediately gets your respect."

After the game in Seattle, ASU will travel to Pullman for a game against the last place Washington State Cougars (3-15, 0-7 Pac 10) on Saturday.

The trip will be the last time Washington-native Reagan Pariseau will play in front of her friends and family.

"It's definitely bittersweet, most athletes don't ever get to go home and play, and I've got to do it for four years. I always enjoy playing in front of my friends and family," said Pariseau.

Working back to the top of the Pac 10 standings will begin Thursday for ASU.

"Right now we just have to focus on the Huskies. We got some good work done early in the conference, we had a little slide backwards last week, we need to pick it back up again and see if we can get another run," said Turner Thorne, "I think this is our toughest road trip to date, kind of just progresses that way with the next couple road trips."

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