It was a tough matchup for the Sun Devils, as they were handed a loss to the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles. FSU’s Imani Wright led the way with 22 points, as Florida State beat ASU 77-66.
Arizona State shot consistently in the first half of play. The Sun Devils were playing a complete game on the offensive end, shooting 50 percent from the field.
However, Florida State was controlling their lead over ASU, as they were snatching rebound after rebound. FSU grabbed a total of 37 rebounds.
FSU had 12 more points in the paint by halftime against ASU. Florida State also exploded for 27 points in the first quarter to give themselves a huge momentum boost. From there, they were in the driver’s seat for most of the game.
Free throws in this game were hard to come by for the Sun Devils. Although they were converting on most of their chances at the line, the aggressiveness from the Sun Devils that we had seen had faltered a little. On the defensive end, their intensity had much to be desired as Florida State was finding holes in ASU’s defense. With the absence of Sabrina Haines, the Sun Devils were struggling to get into this game.
As the game progressed, the Seminoles kept scoring and were not looking to take the foot off of the accelerator. The scoring in the paint came in bunches as FSU kept relying on inside buckets to extend its lead.
ASU’s Reili Richardson had a notable performance contributing 18 points in the loss. However, by the end of the game Arizona State shot an average percent from the field. Through most of the game, the Sun Devils struggled to gain a lead over FSU. Florida State lead through 39 minutes of play.
Arizona State will try to pick up the pieces against their next matchup with Idaho on Dec. 18 in Tempe at 6 p.m. MST.