Lady Devils Prepare for Pac-10's Second Half

Halfway through the Pac 10 season, the Arizona State Women's Basketball team finds itself tied for second with a 7-2 record. Not bad for a team that has faced as many injuries as ASU has. But Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne isn't exactly pleased with the result.

"9-0 would be better, 7-2 I'm not disappointed with. I'm pleased with our first round of conference play. I think our best basketball is in front of us, I really do. I feel like we have a good sense of what to expect from these teams. I feel like we've figured out a lot, and our plan is to peak now," said Turner Thorne, "We need to take this second half and really start playing our best basketball. Lessons have been learned, we know what we need to do, and we're fired up to do it."

The Devils ended their first half of the Pac-10 season with a 68-62 win at Washington and a 59-40 win in Pullman against Washington State.

"We got the ball inside better, we rebounded well. We didn't get the ball inside as well as we wanted to the week before, we didn't rebound the ball as well as we wanted to," said Turner Thorne, "I think we got back on track in some of those areas, obviously we need to sustain that. I feel that people in our program are working hard to get better, so I feel really good about that."

"We're still not quite getting that 40 minutes. We're responding to things well, we're battling. I think that we do have a championship mentality and the sense that teams are coming at us hard and we're responding well in the second half."

Turner Thorne changed her starting lineup in Washington, opting to go with sophomore Kayli Murphy over Lauren Lacey, and Dymond Simon over Reagan Pariseau.

"We have eight or nine people in the mix to start every given week. If you are being more consistent in core areas you might get to start, but it's definitely not trying to do anything psychologically. It's kind of who earns it that week," said Turner Thorne, "It doesn't mean that roles are changing; I think we have a lot of people that aren't that much better than other people in our program now. A lot of people are doing a lot of things well; a lot will depend on match ups."

"Kayli is playing great basketball right now. Mainly she is giving us a lot of energy. A lot of energy on defense, she's rebounding every shot. She is looking like a young Aubree Johnson, in terms of her versatility. She is doing what we all expected her to do this year, it's fun to watch. We need all of our posts."

The Devils kick off the second half with the Beavers of Oregon State coming into Wells Fargo Arena Thursday night. ASU defeated Oregon State 69-60 in early January.

"We came out and we didn't clamp it down on defense, we gave them too many looks. They can score the basketball, especially on the perimeter," said Turner Thorne, "If you give (Ashley) Allen, if you give (Brittney) Davis, if you give (Mercedes) Fox good looks, and now (Talisa) Rhea is coming on strong for them, she's shooting 48% from the three point line, so she's a guard that has actually picked it up a lot since we've played them."

"We were poor offensively and we didn't rebound as well as we'd like to. Hopefully we've improved since that game, learned a lesson. We have a lot of respect for them and what they are doing."

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