No. 22 Oregon State (12-4, 3-2) ended Arizona State’s six-game win streak. Arizona State struggled to find ways on scoring the basketball as the Sun Devils shot a dismal 35 percent from the floor.
In an interesting turn of events, No. 18 (13-4, 4-1) ASU held on to the lead for 26 minutes before Oregon State came back to put the game away. OSU’s Mikayla Pivec scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds while Marie Gulich poured on 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Oregon State’s ability to shoot the ball was at its peak efficiency as they shot 54 percent from the field. Although the Beavers committed 15 turnovers, Oregon State still scored 46 points in the paint.
The Beavers also bettered ASU in total rebounds with 36, compared to the Sun Devils’ 28.
Arizona State was keeping its distance from the Beavers up until the fourth quarter. Once there, OSU found a way to lock down on the Sun Devils, showing no signs of drawn focus.
ASU sophomore guard Robbi Ryan was the leading contributor with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists before she fouled out in the last two minutes of the game.
The rest of the team found it difficult to convert on critical shots, costing the team a win.
Arizona State’s match up against OSU was a testament to its ability to play as a collective unit. Now, the Sun Devils will try to regroup looking forward.
But the journey doesn’t stop at OSU. Arizona State will now head to Eugene to take on the No. 8 Oregon Ducks on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 6:00 p.m. MST.