In a run-and-gun offensive effort, the Arizona State Sun Devils (20-11, 10-8 Pac-12) took down the Arizona Wildcats (6-24, 2-16 Pac-12) on Friday in the first round of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Arizona State came out victorious with a final score of 76-47.
From the get-go, Arizona State had no problem keeping the Wildcats under control as the Sun Devils would keep a sizeable lead over Arizona for most of the game. ASU held the Wildcats to only two points in the first quarter while the Sun Devils went on to score 17.
It was a solid game on the boards as well as the Sun Devils secured 33 rebounds on the night. However, it had no effect on the game since the Sun Devils shot lights out, effectively hitting their shots 56 percent of the time. ASU junior forward Kianna Ibis led the team with 13 points.
Coming back from halftime, the Sun Devils managed to not freeze in their footsteps when they took advantage of a third-quarter rally scoring 23 points.
Over the past few games, Arizona State has had a hard time converting on the opportunity to seize the game when it really matters. ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne has mentioned that there have been times when they shut down in the third, which to Thorne is one of the most important quarters. It was a huge upside in a much needed game for the Sun Devils.
With a win under their belt and some confidence in their game, the Devils will play again against a familiar third-seeded Oregon State (23-6, 14-4 Pac-12) Beavers on Friday at 9:30 p.m.