ASU Sun Devils fall to Tennessee
After Friday night’s victory over Wisconsin, Charli Turner Thorne, the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils basketball team said, “we did not do a good job today on the boards at all. So we are going to have to really make that adjustment going into Sunday”.
Well that happened again Sunday, they failed to control the boards against the Tennessee Lady “Vols” Volunteers as the Sun Devils lost the rebound battle 36 – 30 and eventually lost the game as well 75 – 64.
“They have all the talent and they are a seven seed. Coaches in the country would feel that was a team they didn’t want to play. (And) For us possibly the worst matchup we could face” Thorne added, “They are balanced with (Diamond) DeShields.”
On being undersized, “we’ve been undersized all year. We needed to play better and we didn’t play our best basketball.”
“All in all, this was obviously not the result we wanted but credit Tennessee… They (our team) definitely didn’t underachieve.”
The Sun Devils hung with the Tennessee in the first half as the score was tied at 33 at halftime. But after that the wheels seemed to fall off for them.
They only managed to hit 34% of their shots to Tennessee’s 54%. Every time the Sun Devils got on a run and closed the deficit, DeShields answered with an isolation jump shot for Tennessee to keep ASU at arm’s length.
The Sun Devils did not underachieve this season by any stretch of the imagination. They just ran up against a 7-seed that played like a 1 seed. A 26 – 7 record is nothing to be ashamed of. As Coach Thorne said, “Next year’s recruits… Whew…”