ASU Women's Basketball in Italy: Day Two
May 19, 2007
Time for Some Basketball
The Arizona State women's basketball team opened up its four-game tour of Italy on Saturday with an 88-56 win over Pentamedia Carugate.
Four ASU players scored in double figures led by guard Reagan Pariseau, who tallied 14 points on 5-8 shooting to go along with four assists and six steals. Other ASU players scoring in double figures included center Kirsten Thompson (12 points) and guard Jill Noe and forward Kayli Murphy, who both added 10 points. Noe also tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
Saturday's game included the participation of juniors Sybil Dosty and Lauren Lacey, who both had to sit out the 2006-07 season after transferring from the University of Tennessee and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Both players had solid outings, scoring nine points each. Lacey tied with Noe for the team lead in rebounds with six, while Dosty added five.
For the game, ASU shot 48.8 percent, while limiting Pentamedia Carugate to only 35.7 percent from the field. The Sun Devils also controlled the boards (39-26), including a 15-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dosty and Lacey both had three offensive rebounds to tie for the team lead.
The Sun Devils were never really threatened in the game, which was played using international rules (changes from the NCAA rules included playing four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves). ASU led by 18 after one quarter (30-12) and increased its lead to 28 points at the half (54-26).
The Sun Devils' next game is on Monday.
The game capped off a busy day for the team, which began with a tour of Lake Como. The two-plus hour trip showcased many breathtaking sites and included a brief stop in Bellagio where the team took some time to shop and dine. Later in the day the team turned its attention to festivities surrounding the aforementioned first game against Pentamedia Carugate.
Below are thoughts from Reagan Pariseau as the Sun Devils were making their way to the pre-game festivities ...
'Tonight is our first game and it is in Carugate which is about 45 minutes outside of Lake Como where we spent the day. I'm extremely excited to put all of our spring work into action. Plus, it will be Lauren and Sybil's first game as Sun Devils and we could not be more excited to have them on the court with us. The game starts at 8:30 but before hand there is a welcome dinner. Also, we are going to do a gift exchange with our opponents and socialize with them a little bit before tip-off. The game day atmosphere is a lot different than our normal season because it is so much more relaxed. Charli told us they are very excited to play an American team because they have not played one in several years. Ciao!'
The Sun Devils will be departing from Lake Como first thing on Sunday morning and will travel to Florence where it will spend the day experiencing more of the Italian culture. Continue to stay tuned for daily updates on ASU's tour of Italy.