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No. 14 Sun Devil WBB Unable to Keep Pace with No. 4 Stanford
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/20/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 4 Stanford Cardinal used a 54-percent shooting effort and a 30-point, 16-rebound performance by Chiney Ogwumike to defeat No. 14 Arizona State 80-56 on Monday night.

While Stanford (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12) operated at a high level of efficiency throughout the game, the Sun Devils (15-3, 4-2) struggled to score on a consistent basis as they connected on only 32 percent of their shots.

Katie Hempen led ASU in the points column with 13 while Sophie Brunner recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Adrianne Thomas added a game-high six assists for the Sun Devils, who had a season-low 10 turnovers.

In addition to Ogwumike’s contributions, Taylor Greenfield scored 14 points while Karlie Samuelson and Lili Thompson added 11 points each for Stanford, which won its 16th consecutive game.

“I don’t think we played up to our capabilities,” said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne. “We didn’t play to our strengths and we didn’t do the things that have allowed us to have the success we’ve had up to this point.

“You have to play your ‘A’ game against Stanford, and we didn’t. You have to shoot well from the perimeter against Stanford and we missed way too much.”

After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Sun Devils used a 12-2 run to cut Stanford’s lead to 28-24 with 2:28 remaining. The Cardinal would score five straight to build their lead back up to nine, before taking a 35-28 lead into the half.

Brunner’s 10 points and seven rebounds paced the Sun Devils in the first half.

Any hopes the Sun Devils had for a comeback were quickly dashed in the opening minutes of the second half as the Cardinal came out and scored the first nine points to take a 44-28 lead with 16:44 remaining. The run proved to be too much for the Sun Devils to overcome as they could not get any closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

“We felt like we could come back out in the second half and shore up our defense and settle down on offense,” said Turner Thorne. “Unfortunately we let our (lack of success on offense) affect our defense.”

The Sun Devils went toe-to-toe with Stanford over the first six-plus minutes as the two teams split the first 16 points. A 20-4 run by the Cardinal in the middle of the half helped it seize control of the game.

With the loss, the Sun Devils slipped to fifth-place in the Pac-12, one game in the loss column behind USC (6-1), Cal (5-1) and Washington State (5-1) and two behind Stanford (6-0).

After each of their previous two losses to San Diego and Washington State the Sun Devils have responded by putting together winning streaks of 10 and four games, respectively. They will look to bounce back later this week when they go on the road to face Utah and Colorado.

“We’ve rebounded well (from losses) and I think that’s our toughness kicking in,” explained Turner Thorne. “We didn’t give a tough effort today. I think that’s built in practice. I’m very confident this team will respond.”

ASU’s two-game road trip begins on Friday night (7 p.m. MT) in Salt Lake City when it faces Utah.

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