With an overwhelming offense, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) defeated the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12) by a score of 74-64 Sunday night in Eugene.
The effort from a few Sun Devils did not go unnoticed, as Kianna Ibis scored 22 points (9-of-14 shooting) while grabbing five boards. Courtney Ekmark and Charnea Chapman-Johnson also poured in their share of points with Ekmark bringing in 15 points (four three-pointers), while Chapman-Johnson scored 12.
The Sun Devils shot a solid 91 percent from the free throw line and found opportunities to pick-pocket the Ducks when they had the chance. ASU recorded eight steals on the night. However, it wasn’t enough.
Oregon came to play. The Ducks shot a compelling 66 percent from the field and led for nearly 38 minutes. The Sun Devils forced the Ducks to turn the ball over 15 times, but it was Oregon that found a way to score 17 points off of ASU’s 14 turnovers.
Besides that area of the Ducks’ game, Oregon also scored inside the paint with 34 points, 10 more points in the paint compared to Arizona State. The Ducks managed to outwork a Sun Devil team which praises its ability rebound the ball and score inside, two things that did not work in ASU’s favor.
However, the road trip is over and the Sun Devils will look to pick up the slack on Friday Jan. 19 back in Tempe against the Utah Utes (12-5, 3-3 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. MST.