ASU dominates the offensive glass in 65-54 victory over Colgate
By Dylan Carter // Women’s Basketball Writer for Blaze Sports
Tempe, AZ — The Arizona State women’s basketball team defeated Colgate 65-54 off of a career-high 20 points by forward Kianna Ibis. Their interior dominance allowed them to break away from the Raiders in the second half.
ASU (4-0) outscored the Raiders (2-2) 32-24 in the second half despite shooting just 40.3 percent in the game. Their crisp ball movement and unselfishness were prominent, as they racked up 22 assists and just seven turnovers.
Ibis set her career-high of 16 points in the first game of the season. Now, just three games, later, she’s pushed it again. The junior shot a stellar 9-16 from the field for 20 points. In spite of her difficult low-post matchup against forwards Summer King and Mylah Chandler, Ibis contributed three blocks and three rebounds.
“We knew we had a mismatch in the post so we really emphasized going into the paint,” Ibis said.
Their eventual success was prefaced by a rough first quarter.
The Sun Devils struggled to find their rhythm early, as they missed each of their first five shots. The defensive rotations of the Raiders led to instant-offense as they jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Forward Summer King served as a defensive anchor for Colgate early, racking up two blocks in the quarter.
“It shouldn’t matter if we’re tired or not, we should always come out and throw the first punch,” guard Robbi Ryan said. “Colgate threw the first punch today.”
Ryan entered the game and provided a spark off the bench for the ASU backcourt. The 5-foot-9 guard jumpstarted the Sun Devils with her high-energy play and fierce rebounding. Ryan tied center Charnea Johnson-Chapman with a team-high eight rebounds on the afternoon, including three on the offensive glass. She stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, four assists and a block.
Coach Charli Turner Thorne’s squad fought back and held the Raiders to just five points in the remainder of the first quarter. ASU’s dominance inside began as they crashed the offensive glass and overwhelmed the Raiders’ post defenders. They finished the game with 21 offensive rebounds and 38 points in the paint.
“We killed them on possessions,” Turner Thorne said. “We were up 10 on the boards and a lot on turnovers.”
Second-chance opportunities were huge for the Sun Devils, who scored 12 of their 65 points off of offensive rebounds. Colgate, despite grabbing 31 total rebounds in the game, only secured five offensive rebounds.
The Wells Fargo Arena fell silent midway through the second quarter when guard Sabrina Haines fell awkwardly after shooting a fading mid-range jumpshot. Haines limped to the bench and didn’t return in the half. Luckily for fans, Haines returned in the second half after tweaking her ankle on the shot.
She struggled offensively, finishing scoreless in 27 minutes of play. What she lacked in offense, she made up for in defense as she smothered opposing guards throughout the night, resulting in two of the Sun Devils’ seven steals.
After a grueling schedule of four games in a week, the Sun Devils will travel south to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. This will be no vacation, as they’re set to face two of their toughest opponents to date in No. 7 Mississippi State and Green Bay.
“These are going to be two of the best defensive teams we’ll see all year long,” Turner Thorne said. “Our offense will be challenged, we need to pack our perimeter shooting.”
Dylan Carter is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU Women’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at email@example.com or follow Dylan on Twitter @DylanHCarter .