The ASU women’s basketball team failed to take care of the basketball on Sunday, resulting in a 61-49 loss to Texas Tech.
After committing 23 turnovers last Sunday, the Sun Devils committed 22 in their season home opener — most which coach Charli Turner Thorne said were her players’ fault.
“I sure thought a lot of the turnovers were unforced,” Thorne said. “When you try to drive into a zone from 35 feet out, that’s just a bad decision,” Thorne said. “Part of it is just trusting in your teammates and in your offense, for the most part. We knew they were going to try to strip and ball hawk, so we just try to keep working on that in practice.”
The Lady Raiders scored 22 points off of turnovers.
Texas Tech had four players in double figures. Lady Raiders senior Casey Morris had the game-high 15 points.
As the first half progressed, it became harder for the Sun Devils to work against the zone.
“The first four possessions we ran our zone offense, and scored, and it was beautiful,” Thorne said. “And we didn’t run it for the rest for the game.”
Texas Tech ran a 2-3 zone almost all game and it gave the Sun Devils trouble, as the Lady Raiders fronted and doubled the post multiple times.
The toughest thing Texas Tech did on defense was deny ball movement from one side to the other, ASU junior guard Adrianne Thomas said.
ASU had some stints where it executed its offense perfectly, and other times when it created nothing and had to throw up wild shots as the shot clock wound down.
Sophomore Promise Amukamara led ASU with 10 points and seven rebounds. Four other Sun Devils scored at least six points.
ASU stayed close with the Lady Raiders in the first 20 minutes. Freshmen Arnecia Hawkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half and decrease the deficit to 28-25.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” senior forward Janae Fulcher said.
That was certainly the case on Sunday.
The Lady Raiders started the second half with an 8-2 run and pushed the lead to 36-27.
The Sun Devils then went on their own run and cut the deficit to 42-41 by creating turnovers in their 3-2 zone and scoring off of some transition baskets.
Fulcher said they are new to the 3-2 zone, which they only used a little, but said they handled it well.
However, right after that, in a seven-minute time span Texas Tech proceeded to go on a 15-0 run and take the lead 57-41 with three minutes left to play.
“We have to learn to push back even harder and keep them from those huge runs,” Fulcher said.
This Sun Devil team’s youth clearly showed.
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