Sun Devils fall short against Florida State despite Richardson’s career night
By Dylan Carter // Women’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Despite a breakout game from guard Reili Richardson, the Arizona State women’s basketball team (7-3) fell to No. 13 Florida State (10-0) 77-66 on Sunday afternoon.
The explosive start and rebounding clinic put on by the Seminoles proved to be insurmountable for ASU.
Traveling across the country to face one of the nation’s top teams is no easy task. The task becomes nearly impossible once you take into account the season ending injury sustained by guard Sabrina Haines last week.
With that being said, the Sun Devils put up a strong effort against FSU. Richardson led the ASU with 18 points and connected on half of her shots. She was complimented by her backcourt counterpart, Robbi Ryan who scored 15 of her own.
Richardson has been timid offensively to start the year, focusing primarily on ball handling and playmaking for her teammates. With Haines sidelined, she’s been forced to play aggressively and take more shots of her own.
Confident three point shooting is one aspect of this young Sun Devils team that coach Charli Turner Thorne has emphasized. ASU poured in nine shots from behind the arc on 22 attempts against FSU’s elite defense. Through their first nine games, the Sun Devils averaged just under four made three-pointers per game.
Guard Courtney Ekmark, who has often been praised by Thorne as one of the team’s most accurate shooters, connected on a career-high three shots from deep at a 50 percent mark. The redshirt junior has been a jack of all trades for the Sun Devils, but has struggled to shoot consistently thus far. Ekmark finished with nine points, all on three-pointers, two steals and two assists.
FSU dominated the interior, outscoring,the Sun Devils 40-16 in the paint. In addition to their inside scoring, the Seminoles outrebounded ASU 37-29 including 11 on the offensive glass. Led by guard Imani Wright who scored 22 points on 52.9 percent shooting, the Seminoles strolled to their 10th consecutive win of the season and tied the all-time series between the two schools at three wins each.
The Sun Devils will return to Tempe for a Monday evening matchup against Idaho. This is the first of two non conference games in a short homestand before entering PAC-12 competition.
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 .