No. 15 ASU women go cold in loss to No. 2 Stanford

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm •  Published: February 14, 2014
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Charli Turner Thorne told her team exactly what Stanford would do with the Cardinal determined to regain their defensive swagger after a rare loss.

Despite Stanford's aggressive, swarming defense, Arizona State missed open layups and jump shots from close range. The Sun Devils couldn't buy a basket for long stretches.

Turner Thorne hopes her players snap out of this offensive funk in a hurry after 15th-ranked Arizona State lost 61-35 at No. 6 Stanford on Friday night in a surprising rout.

"We're playing a fantastic team on their home floor after the worst loss of their year," Turner Thorne said. "When they're all fired up to play the best defense they've played all year long."

Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season to lead the Cardinal.

Amber Orrange added 14 points, three assists and matched her career high with five steals in the Cardinal's 16th straight win against Arizona State.

Stanford (23-2, 12-1 Pac-12), on track for the program's 14th consecutive regular-season conference title, jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged by the league's second-place team.

Nobody reached double figures for the cold-shooting Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4), who have their first two-game skid of the season after having a five-game winning streak snapped in a 68-49 loss to rival Arizona on Sunday.

"Last week we weren't satisfied with our defense at all. I told our team it was like we were being reborn," Ogwumike said. "I like the direction we're going in starting today. We were anxious. We have something to prove. I haven't seen us this excited about playing defense in a long time. That's a good thing."

Ogwumike, who played 27 minutes, and the rest of the Stanford starters got plenty of rest. Orrange's 30 minutes were most by a starter.

"Amber got on a mission," coach Tara VanDerveer said. "This is the Amber we know and love and it was really fun to see."



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