Sun Devils demolish Idaho for 77-33 victory
By Ethan Schmidt // Women’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
TEMPE, AZ — Arizona State women’s basketball won in convincing fashion on Monday night, as the Sun Devils rolled to a 44-point win over the Idaho Vandals.
The Sun Devils came out like they had something to prove after falling short to No. 13 Florida State, 77-66, just over a week ago.
“We responded well from our last game with a relentless effort because we were not happy with Florida State,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “Even though it was one bad quarter (against FSU), we weren’t playing hard every possession. That’s not who we are.”
ASU scored 10 seconds in and never looked back, holding the lead for the rest of the game. An 18-0 run in the first half helped create a large cushion.
Sophomore forward Jamie Ruden earned career highs in points (19) and assists (6) in just 14 minutes off the bench. She shot 8-of-14 from the field to help ASU’s winning efforts.
“I just try to go out there and help and luckily I was getting open looks in their zone,” Ruden said. “People were finding me really well.”
Junior center Charnea Johnson-Chapman snatched a career-high 12 rebounds for the Sun Devils. ASU dominated the glass with 52 rebounds, almost doubling Idaho’s 29.
The Sun Devils completely shut down the Vandals, allowing 13 points in the second half (just three in the fourth quarter). ASU’s defense held Idaho to just 24 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers.
“The big highlight for our defense today was that we held their top-three scorers,” Turner Thorne said. “Every game we played this year, we’ve had great defensive efforts but we haven’t held the top players.”
The trio of Mikayla Ferenz, Geri McCorkell and Taylor Pierce had scored 74.4 percent of Idaho’s points this season (476 combined). No Vandal player scored in double-digits against the Devils on Monday night.
Idaho came into the game shooting over 35 percent from beyond the arc, but finished with only six makes out of 27 three-point attempts.
ASU scored 46 points in the paint. The Sun Devils’ bench recorded 31 points compared to the Vandals’ 10.
“It’s good to get this win under our belt because that gives us some momentum,” Ruden said. “But, now we just have to look to Arkansas and see what we need to do to shut them down and just Play Sun Devil basketball.”
ASU improved to 8-3 on Monday night and is now 6-0 at home. The Sun Devils wrap up non-conference play at home against the Arkansas Razorbacks (8-3) on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Ethan Schmidt is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU Women’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Ethan on Twitter @TheEthanSchmidt .