BOULDER, Colo. — Sophia Elenga scored 17 points on near-perfect shooting and Arizona State clobbered Colorado 72-47 in a Pac-12 Conference opener Friday night, giving coach Charli Turner Thorne win number 450.
Elenga shot 7 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 at the foul line for Arizona State (10-3). Jamie Ruden added 16 points and Courtney Ekmark 13 for the Sun Devils, who have won four of their last five, not allowing an opponent to reach 50 points in the four wins.
The Sun Devils trailed 21-7 after the opening quarter and made just 6 of 30 shots before halftime, including 0-for-7 shooting from 3-point distance. Colorado (9-3) committed just 15 turnovers, but Arizona State turned them into 23 points and the Sun Devil bench outscored Colorado’s 38-16.
Arizona State also controlled the glass 45-35 against Colorado, which came in rated sixth in the nation.
Janea Bunn was the lone player to reach double figures for Colorado with 12 points. Annika Jank added nine — four below her average — along with 11 rebounds. Kennedy Leonard, Colorado’s leading scorer (15.5 ppg) was held to 1-for-9 shooting and three points in 25 minutes.