ASU women's basketball win 69-47 over Southern University

The No. 17 Sun Devils won their fourth straight game

An early defensive start and quick offensive reflexes led the ASU women's basketball team (6-2) to a 69-47 win over Southern University (2-5) at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday.

This was the first time the two teams had met since ASU beat Southern University 77-44 in 1981.  

The Jaguars suffered a rough first quarter and the Sun Devils were able to capitalize quickly, scoring 16 points off turnovers and eventually earning a total of 27 bench points in the game.

"Well, that (forcing turnovers) was a huge part of our game plan," coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "We felt like we could turn them over, and honestly we probably should have done it a lot more."

The ASU women's basketball team has won the last four games

Despite the Sun Devils having a comfortable 29-13 lead well into the second quarter, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for them.

Redshirt senior guard Courtney Ekmark missed a jump shot and a 3-pointer while senior center Charnea Johnson-Chapman missed a layup with six minutes remaining.

Ekmark said one thing the team has been working on is playing focused in every position.  

"If we want to be an elite team, we have to bring (it) every single minute that we're playing," Ekmark said. "We have high standards in this program, so we are not happy with our focus tonight."

Yet the Sun Devils still kept the Jaguars' offense at bay, extending their own lead as far as 27 points with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.   

By the fourth quarter, Ekmark would slowly make-up for her misses by leading the team with 19 points scored.

ASU will rest up for a day before heading on a two-game road trip. The Sun Devils face Colorado State on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. MST and Kansas State on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. MST. 

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