Lady Devils Roll Past Cougars on Senior Day

The six graduating seniors went out with a bang on Saturday afternoon to win their 14th straight. ASU continued their dominating defense that they showed on Thursday, but added in offense to run past the Washington State Cougars 76-35 on the final home game of the season.

It was a senior class that became near and dear to the hearts of many Sun Devil fans. It featured two transfers, a walk on and possibly the best ever to wear the maroon and gold. Together they were the most successful class in school history.

The four seniors that played all their college years at ASU won their 100th career game on Saturday, their last in front of the home fans that gave them a standing ovation from about six minutes left in the game to the senior festivities were over after the game.

"It's all I could ask for on Senior Day," said a crying senior Briann January, "Having our last home game puts things in perspective. We have a month or so left, and we want to make the most of it because these girls are amazing. The team means the world to me, and it's going to be hard to leave."

Charli Turner Thorne wanted to see her offense play as well as her defense did on Thursday and she got just that.

The Cougars kept the game close at the beginning, but a 16-3 ASU run gave them a 21-7 lead and they wouldn't look back. ASU's defense continued over from Thursday and caused Washington St. to miss 11 of their first 13 shots and turned the ball over 14 times in the first half to give ASU a 37-17 halftime lead.

"Today just wasn't our day," said WSU Head Coach June Daugherty, "It's disappointing. We played really well in our victory at Arizona, and we didn't carry that into tonight's game."

Junior Dymond Simon led the Devils with 17 points and Kayli Murphy added 10. Becca Tobin had nine points and nine rebounds. While the seniors are important to the team, it was a good sign for the future that the underclassmen scored 46 of the team's 76 points.

"They mean so much to all of us, they have made such a huge impact," said Kayli Murphy of the seniors, "It's really hard to think of what it's going to be like without them on this team. At every position, they create so much for us. We really owe a lot to them."

After falling to Stanford and Cal back in early January, fans looked at the Sun Devils' schedule and saw a possibility of 14 straight wins. Despite the schedule being favorable, actually winning 14 in a row is quite the feat. But now the true test comes, the trip to the Bay Area.

"This is what we prepared for, this is why we played that incredibly brutal schedule in the preseason and lost a couple more games than a lot of other teams," said Turner Thorne.

"That's why we spent the whole season not in the rankings. This is where it's supposed to pay off. We know we can play at that level. Now we have to go do it."

If ASU can win its final two games, they will at least be Pac 10 co-champions. Stanford and Cal play against the Los Angeles schools tomorrow. If both win tomorrow, ASU would be co-champions with both if they sweep next weekend. First up is the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is set for 8PM in Arizona.


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