Lady Devils Coast to Oregon Sweep

The rest of the Pac 10 should be aware; Arizona State seems to be back on track and so does Lauren Lacey. The senior scored 19 points in just 16 minutes of play to lead ASU to an 81-53 rout of Oregon on Saturday in Eugene to complete the Oregon trip with a sweep.

Once again Charli Turner Thorne's group continued its domination of "the rest" of the Pac 10 but unlike Thursday's victory against Oregon St., this one was never in doubt. The Sun Devils dominated the Ducks from the start and never looked back and improved to 17-3 on the road in the Pac 10 in the last two seasons.

"I feel like we're just doing the things we're capable of, which we weren't for a few games," Turner Thorne said. "I feel a lot better about our defensive mentality, and I feel like we figured some things out offensively. We're executing better and we're structuring things a little bit differently, and it worked really well."

After an Amanda Johnson jumper cut ASU's lead to 14-9, Danielle Orsillo's old fashioned three point play and a three point shot by Orsillo sparked the Devils on a 12-0 run and ASU's defense didn't allow Oregon to score for 6:17 as they took control of the game. Kimberly Brandon also scored during the critical run and Lacey chipped in four during the stretch.

Brandon scored 6 of her career-high 11 points in the first half, including a shot to end the half and send ASU into the locker room up 39-20. Freshman Alex Earl even chipped in during the first half, nailing a three of her own. During the crucial first half, ASU's defense limited Oregon to just 33.6% field goal percentage.

It was the same story in the second half for the Devils as they watched their 19 point halftime lead balloon out to 29 halfway through the second half.

Lacey led four Devils in double figures with a season high 19 points. Kimberly Brandon had 11 and Danielle Orsillo and Kayli Murphy each had 10 points apiece. Dymond Simon added nine points and six assists and Briann January had seven assists, despite scoring just five points and losing part of her front tooth on the day before her birthday. January also held the Ducks top shooting threat Taylor Lilley to zero points.

ASU once again fulfilled one of its goals and out rebounded the Ducks 34-27. Brandon, Sybil Dosty and Becca Tobin each pulled down six rebounds, while Lacey had five. ASU's defense forced 24 Oregon turnovers and turned those into 21 points. Another key factor in the victory was the Arizona State bench outscoring Oregon's bench 45-19, led by Lacey and the freshman Brandon.

Forward Jasmin Holliday led the way for Oregon with 13 points, but leading scorer Micaela Cocks had just eight points. The Ducks came into Saturday's contest on a two game winning streak with wins over UCLA and Arizona.

ASU will try to push their winning streak to three on Thursday with a morning contest against the UCLA Bruins. UCLA is much improved from last season and currently have a 10-3 record, with a Sunday afternoon affair with cross-town rival USC looming on Sunday before heading to Tempe. The Bruins struggled with Oregon St and Oregon, beating the Beavers 60-53 and falling at home to Oregon 73-56. Tipoff on Thursday is at 11 AM at Wells Fargo Arena.

"This weekend was a huge weekend for us because we got our first Pac-10 wins and we're starting to really come together on defense," said Lacey.


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