Lady Sun Devils Blown Out By Stanford

There is no question that the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-9, 10-4 Pac 10) are in the upper half in the Pac 10. But they aren't in the top two, and that was crystal clear in their trip to the Bay Area. The Devils flat out just got outplayed Saturday at Maples Pavilion in front 4,555 on Senior Day, falling 79-57 to the Stanford Cardinal (24-3, 13-2 Pac 10).

"We definitely weren't as good as we wanted to be, but Stanford was really good," ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne said, "If Stanford shoots like this, I don't know anybody who can beat them."

ASU allowed Stanford to shoot 54% for the game, including 63% in the second half.

The day belonged to Stanford star Candice Wiggins, the lone senior in Stanford's starting lineup. The Cardinal fed off of Wiggins' energy to build an early 13-5 lead. After Turner Thorne called timeout, ASU responded with a 16-6 run of their own to take a 21-19 lead with 9:30 to play. The Devils continued to battle for most of the first half, as the teams would trade leads four times for the rest of the half.

A jumper by Jill Noe gave ASU a 27-26 lead, its last of the game, before a 12-5 Stanford run to close the half to send the Cardinal into the locker room leading 38-32. Lauren Lacey scored eight points in the first half for ASU.

Stanford came out of the gates strong, starting the second half on a 10-2 run. The Cardinal would never look back. Wiggins hit a three-pointer to spark a 12-0 run to further break open the game. Stanford held ASU scoreless for nearly six minutes. Wiggins made her final game at Maples a memorable one. Her game-high 23 points moved her into second place on the Pac-10 career scoring list.

"I just know that I am giving her the best graduation present of anybody. I'm so happy she's graduating," Turner Thorne said. "She's just a tremendous player. She's certainly one of the all-time greats not just in the Pac-10 but ever to play college basketball."

"What can I say about Candice," Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Every game she comes out and puts our team on her back and does whatever our team needs her to do, whether it's play the 1, play defense, rebound. She's just a fabulous player and just a pleasure to coach every day."

It wasn't just Wiggins digging the Sun Devils grave, she had plenty of help. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude scored a career high 17 points and five three pointers, Jayne Appel added 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and JJ Hones hit three three-pointers en route to 11 points. "I said to Jayne, 'I'm sure glad you're not a senior,"' VanDerveer said. "She gives us a great presence inside. She has assists, she scores, she rebounds and she has matured incredibly not just from last year but during this year. ... We need Jayne out there and she's been playing extremely well."

The Devils, who fell to 0-8 against ranked teams this season, were led by Dymond Simon with 13 points. Lauren Lacey added 11 and Sybil Dosty had 10 for the Devils. This was ASU's worst defeat to Stanford since 2001.

ASU will look to rebound as they welcome in the Washington State Cougars (4-20, 1-12) next Thursday. The Cougars won their first conference game in more than a year against Oregon State on Friday. Tip-off for Thursday's game at Wells Fargo Arena is set for 6:30 PM.

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