No. 25 Arizona State (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) traveled to USC to take on the Trojans (16-8, 6-7) Friday night. The Sun Devils fell short, however, due to turnovers and a late offensive run by the USC Trojans in the fourth by a score of 77-62.
The Sun Devils did well keeping up with the fast pace of the Trojans’ offense. Arizona State was able to rebound the ball well, while finding their shots on the offensive end. However, there were many other faulty ASU qualities.
Arizona State found it difficult to convert on free throws, as the team shot 45 percent.
USC worked its way around a Sun Devil, as the Trojans distributed the ball for 21 assists. ASU, on the other hand, had only 12 on the night.
Turnovers have been a challenge for the Sun Devils to control for a good part of the season, and this obstacle showed again in this showing. Arizona State committed 16 turnovers which allowed USC to pull away and build on its lead.
ASU junior forward Courtney Ekmark was the Sun Devils’ best contributor hauling in 17 points shooting 5-of-6 from 3. USC had four players who scored double-digit points. USC junior guard Aliyah Mazyck scored 24 points while also recording five rebounds and three assists, while USC senior Kristen Simon added 22.
The Sun Devils will be tested once again when they head to Los Angeles to take on the No. 8 UCLA Bruins (20-4, 11-2) who currently stand at the top of the Pac-12 conference. ASU and UCLA will face off Sunday at 2 p.m. MST.