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Sun Devil Women's basketball drops second straight game


January 07, 2013

The Arizona State women's basketball team lost its second consecutive game, falling to Washington State 77-65 on Sunday.


The Sun Devils (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) shot 34 percent and were 1-12 from beyond the arc while the Cougars (5-8, 1-1) connected on 64 percent (7-11) of their shots from long range.


Janae Fulcher led ASU with 23 points while Joy Burke tied her career high with 14 points and Jada Blackwell added 11. Burke, Blackwell and Adrianne Thomas all tied for the team lead in rebounds (8) as the Sun Devils outrebounded the Cougars 54-38.


Tia Presley scored a game-high 27 points for the Cougars while Sage Romberg and Taylor Edmundson added 17 points each.


The Sun Devils return to action on Friday (6:30 p.m. MT) when they host Oregon at Wells Fargo Arena.


Notes


• ASU led by as many as four points in the first half and led 32-29 with 2:12 left in the first half… The Cougars closed the half with an 8-1 run to take a 37-33 lead at the half… ASU got within 42-41 with 17:22 left before WSU went on a 7-0 run to go up 49-41 with 15:11 left… A second 7-0 run later in the half gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 65-51 with 6:41 left… The Sun Devils would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.


• The Sun Devils shot 34 percent for the game and were 1-12 from 3-point range. Washington State shot 42 percent and made 64 percent of its 3-pointers (7-11). 


Janae Fulcher led ASU with 23 points. Also scoring in double figures were Joy Burke (14 points – ties career high) and Jada Blackwell (11 points). Among players with more than two shot attempts, Fulcher was the only Sun Devil to shoot better than 50 percent (64.2/9-14 FGs). 


• As a team, the Sun Devils outrebounded Washington State 54-38. ASU outrebounded Washington 52-30 in a 77-74 loss on Friday. The Sun Devils averaged a plus-19 rebounding advantage in this weekend’s games.


• Blackwell (8 rebounds – third straight game tying career high), Burke (8 rebounds) and Adrianne Thomas (8 rebounds – career high) tied for the team lead in rebounds.


• Starting guard Micaela Pickens left the game with a foot injury in the first half. She would eventually return.


• The Sun Devils are 1-6 this year when giving up 60 or more points (7-0 when allowing fewer than 60 points).


• ASU shot 82 percent from the line (14-17), the fifth time this season it has shot 80 percent or better from the line.


• ASU returns to action on Friday when it hosts Oregon at 6:30 p.m.