Arizona State (19-10, 10-7 Pac-12) took on a red-hot No. 8 Oregon team (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) who defeated the Sun Devils 57-44 in Tempe Friday night.
“They did everything we expected them to do,” said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne.
“They’re a long and lengthy team,” said ASU junior forward Kianna Ibis, “They switched everything and we just made them look a lot better.”
Arizona State finished the first quarter leading Oregon, 12-8. ASU was running early and running fast. The Sun Devils’ defense was also on display early as they limited Oregon to 27 percent on their first 19 shots of the game.
At one point in the first quarter, both the Ducks and the Sun Devils shot 1-8 from the field. From the looks of it, this was going to be a good one. However, it was also a sign as to how rough the game was going to be played.
ASU junior forward Sophia Elenga went down in the middle of the second quarter. She would seem to be okay as she would be able to play again.
“They came out swinging and we had to take a punch and swing back, but we couldn’t do that,” said ASU junior forward Charnea Johnson-Chapman, “We should have picked it up.”
Kianna Ibis added that the team needs “to play all four quarters against top teams to even compete with them.”
Chapman, as well as coach Throne, mentioned that the collectiveness of the team was not seen in today’s game and would need to be corrected for their next matchup.
At the end of the second quarter, Arizona State was leading the Ducks, 25-24.
It could be argued that this has been the Sun Devils’ most physical and competitive game. Coming back from halftime, the Sun Devils were looking to keep the same pace. As the game was progressing, Arizona State was having a hard time finding an offense to work off of as they went on a scoreless for 2:43 as the game was approaching the final quarter of play.
Meanwhile, the Ducks were on a 6-0 run with 3:09 left in the third. Oregon scored 20 points in the third, compared to ASU’s eight.
“In our games against top-10 teams, we’ve consistently had one quarter where we’ve let up,” Turner Thorne said.
With three minutes left of play, the Ducks were shooting 44 percent from the field and dominating the paint with 38 points. Although the Sun Devils had the advantage in rebounds with 40 total, ASU found it had to score when it counted.
“We were so excited,” said Turner Thorne.“We flat out knew that we could beat this team. All we had to do was not keep shooting ourselves in the foot on offense.”
As the Sun Devils take a tough loss at home, Arizona State has no choice but to move on to their next game. Arizona State will host No. 12 Oregon State (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12) on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST.