ASU women's basketball loses to Florida State on the road

The Sun Devils fell to the Seminoles on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee

After two straight victories to win the ASU Classic, ASU flew out to Tallahassee, Florida to take on the No. 13 Florida State University Seminoles.

It was never close for the Sun Devils (7-3), who after falling behind 8-0 in the first quarter, were unable to regain their footing – losing by a final score of 77-66.

Head coach Charli Turner Thorne said it was a tough loss, but she was proud of the effort the Sun Devils put forth against one of the top teams in the country.

The Sun Devils started the game down a player as junior guard Sabrina Haines did not make the trip to Florida State due to an ACL injury. 

The Seminoles took full advantage and put up 27 points in the first quarter and eventually 46 in the first half. 

Before Sunday the most points the Sun Devils had given up in the first half was 32 to Buffalo last Saturday. The Seminoles dominated the Sun Devils on the glass out rebounding ASU 37-29. Florida State also scored 40 of their 77 points in the paint.

“You can’t dig that big a hole with a top ten (15) team on their home floor,” Turner Thorne said. “We got it to a three-possession game in the fourth quarter and had our opportunities to turn the corner, but (we) didn’t quite capitalize.”

The Sun Devils were led by sophomore guard Reili Richardson who dropped 18 points in the loss and junior forward Kianna Ibis who grabbed nine rebounds.

By the time ASU scored their first bucket, they were already down 8-2 and then 11-2 after Florida State nailed a three pointer on its next possession.

The Seminoles also took advantage of early mistakes by the Sun Devils, scoring six points off turnovers in the first quarter.

By the end of the first quarter, the Sun Devils were down 27-11 as they only reached double digits with less than 1:00 left in the first.

The Seminoles used efficiency to their advantage as they shot 53 percent from the field while the Sun Devils only shot 36 percent.

In the second quarter the Sun Devils came out with vengeance going on a 7-2 run to open the quarter closing the gap to 11 points. The Seminoles responded by knocking down a pair of threes to expand their lead.

ASU was able to cut the Seminole lead down to single digits with 2:50 left in the second quarter.

At halftime, the Sun Devils still trailed by nine points and trailed the Seminoles 46-37. ASU was able to come back by improving their shooting percentage to 50 percent and converting on five of nine three-point attempts.

Florida State out rebounded ASU 19-10 and scored 22 of their 46 points in the paint in the first half.

Florida State was able to keep its lead by forcing the ball into the paint and looking for contact.

As a result, the Seminoles picked up 32 points in the paint and shot 77 percent from the line as they took a 65-51 lead into the fourth quarter.

It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as the Seminoles continued to maintain their lead by scoring more points inside.

Florida State kept its lead safe, never letting it fall below nine points on their way to a 77-66 victory over the Sun Devils.

ASU will be back in action Monday, Dec. 18 when they take on Idaho at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.


Reach the reporter at Joshua.Zaklis@asu.edu and follow @JoshZaklis on Twitter.

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