The No. 10-ranked Arizona State women’s basketball team (15-3, 6-0 Pacific-12) recorded its 12th win in a row, with an 80-60 victory over Utah Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. Four athletes scored in double figures for the Sun Devils, with the bench posting a 29-0 difference compared to the Utes (12-5, 4-2).
“I think Utah is a tournament team,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne praised her competitors. “So to have such a convincing win was really fun, I thought this was a good win for us. Before the game, (Utah first-year) coach Lynne (Roberts) said ‘You’re so deep, so many people can hurt you from so many ways.’”
ASU, which has not lost since VCU Dec. 5, went up by as many as 13 in the first quarter, 25-12, but Utah cut the lead to four at halftime, with Paige Crozon and Danielle Rodriguez already scoring 14 and 12 points. Two minutes into the third, Rodriguez brought the Utes within 38-36, and the team could have tied it, if not for two missed free throws. Sabrina Haines and Katie Hempen executed threes, as the Sun Devils went back up eight, and the lead swelled to 17 after the third.
“The basketball wasn’t really our best, but we can say we stayed together as a team and were tough,” ASU senior point guard Elisha Davis said. “My teammates always having my back allows me to pressure more, so I want to say ‘thank you’ to them. We need to look at always getting better, not just winning.”
Quinn Dornstauder led ASU with 14 points, Davis scored 13, while Kelsey Moos and Arnecia Hawkins each had 12. Moos grabbed nine rebounds and Sophie Brunner seven, plus Davis dished six assists and stole three. Crozon led Utah with 20 points and 16 rebounds, Rodriguez scored 18 and Emily Potter 10.
Dornstauder, who is from Regina, Saskatchewan, said she knew Crozon (Humboldt, Saskatchewan) for many years and had played with her on provincial teams. She also played with Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on past Canadian national teams, but not the silver medal-winning World University Games group from this past summer in Korea.
“We did a great job on their top center and we took away threes,” Turner Thorne said. “It was a great offensive game, minus the second quarter. We took plays in transition and got offensive. We at any given time have five people who can score.”
The Arizona Wildcats will visit Tempe at 7 p.m. Friday, and the rivalry will shift to Tucson at 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Utah will now return back to Salt Lake City for a five-game home stand that begins with Oregon State on Friday.