Record Setting Night for Lady Sun Devils

The Arizona State women knew that they had to play better defense than they did last weekend in the Bay Area, where they gave up an average 74 points per game. Turns out they played much better defense Thursday night, record setting to be exact. ASU held Washington State to a Pac-10 record low 30 points, cruising to a 59-30 win in front of 2,465 at Wells Fargo Arena.

"We didn't really do a good job the first time around with Washington St., taking things away and being aggressive. We talked about that and this time around we did what we wanted to do," said ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne.

"Coming off the game that we just had, it feels good to break a defensive record. We averaged giving up 74 points, granted to two Top 10 teams on the road, but that still really hurt and not indicative to whom we really are and our core values as a basketball team. I'm really proud of our team, setting an all-time Pac-10 record."

The previous lowest point total in Pac-10 history was 33, which was held by Washington St. and Cal.

"That is awesome for us, especially since we've been giving up a lot of points this last week. Just to come out and shut a team down, it is definitely rewarding," said ASU guard Jill Noe, "You put the hard work in, in practice, and you actually see it in a result of winning a game. Nice to see your work is going somewhere and paying off."

The Devils (17-9, 11-4 Pac-10) opened up an 8-6 game with a 10-0 run early in the first half. Shortly thereafter, ASU rattled off a 12-0 run and led 33-11. ASU led 33-15 at the break.

Washington State's offense wasn't much better in the second half. In fact, it was worse. They scored just three points in the half's opening ten minutes to fall behind 43-18.

"Coming off of our two losses, we really wanted to get back to Sun Devil Basketball. That is what we are known for, digging in and playing man to man and it played out perfectly today," said Noe, "Everyone who came off the bench, and the people that started had the same goal. Keep our player in front of us and have good ball pressure and rebound. It showed tonight."

The Devils outrebounded the Cougars (4-22, 1-14 Pac-10) 33-22, which was a change from last weekend, when the Bay schools pounded ASU on the glass.

"Everyone was rebounding. That was the first thing we wanted to do coming back to practice was getting back on the boards," said Noe, "We just need to get back to rebounding really hard and staying aggressive on those boards. I think tonight was a great step in the right direction for us."

ASU was led offensively by Sybil Dosty with 14 points. Lauren Lacey added 12 points and freshman Becca Tobin had 10.

"I thought we had great play off the bench, Becca Tobin was outstanding. Great energy, great rebounding, she has a beautiful shot, but she dribbles too much. She did some things we have been working on. She had a very, very good game," said Turner Thorne.

Even Nia Fanaika contributed off the bench, sinking her first two three pointers as a Sun Devil.

"It was definitely a good time out there. Charli has emphasized that everyone has to be ready to step up, especially without Dymond; she's out with a concussion right now. Everyone has to be ready and fill the big shoes that Dymond has."

Turner Thorne said she expects Simon to be ready to go in the next few days. The Sun Devils have virtually no chance of climbing into the top two in the Pac-10, but Turner Thorne wants to take third place.

"We want to win every game from here on out. That is our mentality, our March Mentality we call it. We are talking about that and what that is. I think anything short of winning out would be really disappointing from my perspective."

The first step is Sunday afternoon against the Washington Huskies (12-15, 7-8 Pac-10).

"Washington is a very talented, aggressive team. They are doing some really great things; they have some big wins this season. We have three games left, but we're fired up and ready."

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