STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 15 Arizona State women’s basketball team dropped its second consecutive contest falling to sixth-ranked Stanford 61-35 on Friday.
Stanford (23-2, 12-1 Pac-12) shot 54 percent for the game while the Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4) struggled from the floor, shooting only 24 percent.
Despite the fact that both teams were coming off upset losses in their most recent contests, it was the Sun Devils who had the more daunting task in front of them as they were faced with the assignment of trying to bounce back against a more experienced team that beat them by 24 points in Tempe last month.
Chiney Ogwumike (20 points) and Amber Orrange (14 points) – the only two players who scored in double figures in the game – combined for 30 of their 34 points in the first half to help the Cardinal build a 32-12 halftime advantage.
“I thought (Stanford) brought great energy and we were rushed,” said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne. “We talked about what we wanted to do and we didn’t do it. We weren’t patient, we took tough shots, we didn’t get any second shots and when we did get good looks we didn’t make them.”
ASU’s lack of success on the offensive end overshadowed some its defensive accomplishments on Friday as it forced 17 turnovers and did not allow Stanford to make a 3-point field goal (0-4). It’s the first time this season that Stanford did not connect from long range as it came into the game averaging nearly seven triples a game and had been shooting at a 41-percent clip from beyond the arc in conference play. In addition, the 61 points Stanford scored was only four points higher than its season low of 57 points.
“We took away their threes and we took away their transition but we just didn’t have the discipline we needed on the offensive end,” said Turner Thorne. “I thought we really tried to keep working hard and I’m proud of them for that. On a night where any of us could have hidden our head, I thought we kept fighting.”
Promise Amukamara and Sophie Brunner tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points each, while freshman Kelsey Moos added a team-high seven rebounds.
The Sun Devils conclude their road trip to the Bay Area on Sunday (4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT) when they take on No. 22 Cal. The game can be seen live on Pac-12 Networks and can be heard live on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.