Sun Devils women’s basketball team looks to win the PAC-12

On Thursday, the ASU Sun Devils women’s basketball team will start their pursuit of the Pac-12 championship with game one against the Colorado Buffaloes in Las Vegas.

The 20th ranked Sun Devils (19 – 9) are not taking the Buffaloes (12 – 17) lightly.

“They are finally at full strength.” Sun Devils head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “Most of their games that they were not competitive in, they were not at full strength. They always have a good game plan for us.”

She went on to say, “It’s March, who is not dangerous? It’s a new season, everyone starts over 0 – 0. That’s when you’re glad you’re a strong defensive team. You don’t want to go in to March hoping people miss. Our gal is to have an amazing defensive effort.”

When coach was asked why is this team better now going in to the tournament than they were two months ago, she said, “We have the toughness and the teamwork to do some damage in March and play toe to toe with anybody.”

Sun Devils senior guard and all Pac-12 honorable mention Courtney Ekmark said when talking about the Pac-12 tournament, “Every single possession matters, we’re just focusing on the little things and getting ready to play four games this weekend.”

She went on to say, “We’re a really tough team. We’ve shown that we can win against top 10 teams in the nation and that we can also come back from deficits. Who wins in March is the teams that are the most connected.”

Sun Devils senior forward and All pAc-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention Kianna Ibis said “If we take care of us it will come.”

Defense seems to be the key to the Sun Devils winning the Pac-12 conference. This is a team that held opponents to 40% shooting on the season.

We all know defense and toughness travels.

Or as Courtney Ekmark said, “We’ve grown our toughness muscle.”

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