Despite Eighth Straight Win, ASU Not Pleased

By the way ASU's Women's basketball team reacted after Thursday's game against Oregon, you would have never had guessed that they had just won their eighth straight game. They know they have to play much better than they did in their 68-56 victory over the Ducks at Wells Fargo Arena.

"We did not get better today," ASU Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne state point blank, "We will find some lessons from today, for sure. We are not satisfied with our effort tonight; in particular our energy and focus were not what we should have been."

"We apologize to the fans, in this day in age, with people spending their money to come to games; it is not acceptable to have that energy."

Not typical of a coach that just saw here team win their eight straight conference game. But it wasn't just Turner Thorne that wasn't satisfied, the players were equally upset.

"We won, which is good. I don't think we got better," said ASU guard Danielle Orsillo, "We really need to focus on getting better. We are excited we won but we really could have played better. We knew they were going to play hard, we needed to come out and play harder."

Turner Thorne said she could sense right off the bat, even this evening that her team wasn't going to be energized.

"We just were not as energized and focused as we needed to be. I think I saw it even earlier in the day," said Turner Thorne, "It is a long season; it is good to win on days like this. You would like to see a greater sense of urgency when people aren't giving what they need to give."

"You beat a team by 30 on their home court, then you get them at home, it is hard to convince them. You have to play your best basketball, we didn't accomplish that tonight."

Turner Thorne had to call timeout just over a minute into the game, because ASU's defense was lacking and the Ducks were taking advantage.

"That is why she called the timeout," said Orsillo, "She said pick it up on defense and lets go."

The Ducks took an early 8-4 lead, but an 11-0 run by the Devils quickly gave them a 15-8 lead and they would never trail the rest of the way, but it wasn't a pretty victory.

"I thought there was a lot of good individual things but that is not going to get us where we want to go," stated Turner Thorne, "We didn't have good team play. Everything about the game was very individual."

"They are a great group, they know they had a let up tonight and they got away with it."

Briann January led four Devils in double figures with 14 points. Orsillo added 13, Simon 12 and Becca Tobin had 11 off the bench. One of the bright spots of the day was Simon's beautiful no-look pass to Tobin for a layup.

"Our guards are looking for the posts all day, they give us such good passes," said Tobin, "Sometimes we don't know that we are that wide open and they do."

The Devils will certainly have to play much better in order to defeat Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers routed Oregon last week in Eugene and won in Tucson on Thursday.

"Oregon St. is the better team," said Turner Thorne, "They won at Oregon by 20. They are playing good basketball right now and we are going to have to find our sense of urgency. They are playing like a top half team right now."

"It will be interesting to see how we respond for Saturday, talk is cheap."

Tipoff is set for 4PM at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday. ASU will be sporting their pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness month.


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