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Women's Basketball defeats Fort Lewis College

November 08, 2010

Kali Bennett scored a game-high 14 points and Dymond Simon and Markisha Patterson added 11 points each as Arizona State defeated Fort Lewis College 89-56 in an exhibition contest played on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Both teams shot 45 percent for the game, however the Sun Devils capitalized on a 27-7 advantage on the offensive boards, which translated into 27 second-chance points. In addition, ASU scored 33 points on the Skyhawks' 27 turnovers.

The Sun Devils also helped their cause with a 6-of-11 performance (.545) from behind the arc.

Bennett, who made seven of her 11 field goal attempts, led ASU's strong rebounding effort, collecting eight boards while Becca Tobin and Kimberly Brandon added seven rebounds each.

ASU opened the game with a 20-7 run in the first 6:02 and never looked back on its way to a 28-point halftime lead.

A jumper by Simon gave ASU its largest lead of the game, 52-20, with 19:21 left in the game.

Thirty of ASU's 89 points were scored by players who were either injured in 2009-10 (Simon - 11 points and Patterson - 11 points) or are new to the program (freshman guard Adrianne Thomas - eight points). Simon saw her first action since suffering a knee injury in ASU's 2008-09 regular season finale at Stanford while Patterson, who was 3-4 from 3-point range on Sunday, used a medical redshirt last season after transferring to ASU from Central Arizona.

The Sun Devils open the regular season this Friday when they host Northern Arizona at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, contact the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000.