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ASU Women’s Basketball Routs NAU in Season Opener

November 13th, 2010 by

By Josh Green

The Arizona State women’s basketball team started off its 2010-2011 season with a resounding 81-46 win over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.

The Lady Devils dominated the game from the get go, going on a 21-0 run in the first half en route to taking a 41-12 lead heading into the half.

As great as the ASU offense played, the defense might have played better, forcing 19 turnovers in the first half and holding the Lady Lumberjacks to 4-of-23 shooting from the field. ASU also outrebounded NAU 56-38.

The story of the night for the Lady Devils was the return of guard Dymond Simon, who played her first game after sitting out for a year and a half with an injury. She scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, and led the team with six steals.

“I was very excited,” Simon said after the game. “It was a big home opener for me after being out a year and a half. It’s a long process, but tonight definitely shows where I’m at.”

“She’s a warrior and a great floor general for us,” head coach Charli Turner Thorne said of her senior guard. “Obviously it was her first real game in over a year and a half, so I say not too shabby.”

The Lady Devils won’t play another home game until December 3rd, when they face Cal Poly in the ASU Classic. Their next game is this Sunday at UC Riverside, followed by a game in Knoxville on November 21st against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

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