ASU women’s basketball suffered their second straight loss in as many days losing 61-48 to Green Bay as the Sun Devils shot 35 percent from the field.
After a highly competitive first game in the Cancun Challenge for ASU women’s basketball, it was difficult to foresee what the Devils would look like during their second contest against Green Bay.
On Thanksgiving Day, ASU lost in a close game to No. 7 Mississippi State. They even held a lead going into halftime.
The Sun Devils could have come out in game two versus Green Bay a few different ways. They could have used the momentum of playing a close game against a difficult opponent to their advantage. Or they could have been fatigued by yesterday’s matchup and come out lacking their intensity.
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During the first quarter, it appeared that the Devils would come out as the latter. They trailed after the first by seven points, being outshot 57 percent to 27 percent. Most shocking is that ASU was outscored 12-2 in the paint, an area where they have scored very well during their first few games.
The second quarter wasn’t too kind to ASU either. The Devils finished the first half down by six and shooting an abysmal 29% from the field. Arizona State totaled just 3 assists in the half, and were out-rebounded by 11 boards. The score was 29-23.
The second half did not get better, and Green Bay ran away with the win 61-48.
What ASU has done well in their first five games did not happen today. They have been excellent on the glass, yet they were outrebounded 39-23.
The Devils love to score on the fast break. However, they only scored one fast break bucket.
The Sun Devils also usually move the ball very well, but today they finished with just seven assists in total.
It is difficult to travel and play back-to-back games, especially against very talented opponents. The last time ASU had games in back-to-back days was last weekend, and they did not look as sharp in the second game as they had looked during the first.
ASU has another game tomorrow against Columbia. This should be a much easier game than their first two in Cancun, but that may depend on how fatigued the team is.
Friday was Arizona State’s worst game of the season, and it will be important for them to regroup and get a lot of rest before their game tomorrow.