In a relaxed and joyous atmosphere at Wells Fargo Arena, the Arizona Sun Devils (4-2) rolled over Boston University (1-5) in a 71-42 win.
Though students and fans relished the 29-point victory, Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne and her players weren’t satisfied with the win. Despite leading 36-19 at the end of the first half, Turner Thorne mentioned the Sun Devils needed “to be better offensively” during an interview displayed on the arena’s video board.
“We were holding the ball. We weren’t cutting hard and playing fast without the ball in our hands… We weren’t executing,” Turner Thorne said. “We just didn’t have any flow most of the time.”
Boston didn’t bring much of a threat into Tempe. The Terries went 3-27 last season and have only beaten UMass Lowell (0-8) from the American East conference this season. This game posed as an opportunity for the Devils to continue to improve with their young roster.
“I think we knew exactly what we were going to play against, and I think we just didn’t execute as well as we wanted to,” Turner Thorne said. “We’re just really young. We prepare and we know what to expect and they know what they are supposed to do, but we’re just not doing it at the level of consistency that we want to be right now.”
Senior center Quinn Dornstauder agreed with her coach that this game was “a work in progress.”
With five freshmen on ASU’s roster, seniors like Dornstauder are key to the Sun Devils’ progression as a team.
“I think the seniors are in an important position. I have to guide the team and help foster connectivity. It has to be a group effort because in order to have that team cohesion. Everyone has to be involved,” Dornstauder said.
While the Sun Devils could have played better, they still dominated Boston, shooting 58 percent from the field, winning the rebounding battle 32-19, while more than doubling the Terriers in bench points, 31-15.
One player who was especially effective was Sabrina Haines. The sophomore guard led ASU in points with 12 and added five assists and three rebounds. She understands that with such a young backcourt, she must step up and become leader.
“That’s definitely been something I’m working on. Thank God I have the seniors, so I watch what they do and I try to follow what they do,” Haines said. “I’m trying to be a leader and grow up because they’re not going to be here next year, so I’m just trying to get better with leadership.”
The Sun Devils will play No. 19 Florida (6-1) in the championship of the ASU Classic on Saturday in Wells Fargo Arena. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.