Arizona State University women’s basketball team opened their season at home on November 5th against the Air Force. The Arizona State women’s team won their game pretty handily with a final score of eighty-seven to fifty-six. The leading scorer for Arizona State was Jamie Ruden with fourteen points. This game demonstrated that head coach Charli Turner Thorne values teamwork and ball movement with fifteen total team assists and four players scoring over ten points including; Jamie Ruden, Jayde Van Hyfte, Ja’Tavia Tapley, and Sara Bejedi.
All eleven members played double digit minutes with every player scoring at least one time! Arizona State shot sixty three times, made thirty four baskets equating to a fifty four percent success rate. Arizona State shot thirteen times from three point range and made five for a remarkable thirty nine percent. Possibly more profound was the Arizona State defense.
Arizona State University compelled the Air Force to shoot twenty two out of sixty one attempts from field goal range which results in a thirty six percent shooting rate. In great taste, ASU made the Air Force shoot three for twelve which results in a twenty five percent shooting rate. Arizona State out rebounded the Air Force by forty two to thirty six as well as ASU forced 11 steals.
Last season, ASU maintained an impressive run leading into the sweet 16. Currently, this team displays more confidence, talent, and experience than past teams. In a recent interview during the Sports Hangover, Charli Turner Thorne stated, “Not only do I believe these girls can win but they believe they can win.”
The ASU girls demonstrated their confident demeanor while having some fun defeating the Air Force by thirty-one points on the court earning the great Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne her 445th win in 22 years. This ASU team is proving that they have a chance for a 7th straight 20 win season with back to back appearances to the Sweet-16 or even bette