ASU women’s basketball improved to 12-3 and 3-0 in Pac-12 play defeating No. 23 Cal 80-71 behind a game-high 26 points from forward Kianna Ibis.
Following a career-high 30-point performance against Utah last Sunday, forward Kianna Ibis scored a game-high 26 points as No. 25 Arizona State picked up their first win over a ranked opponent this season Friday defeating No. 23 California 80-71.
The Sun Devils never trailed in the game as Arizona State shot 52 percent from the field with Cal shooting 54 percent from the field.
The difference in the game was the depth of ASU as the Sun Devils scored 26 bench points compared to just two points for the Golden Bears.
California relies heavily on their starting five with guard Asha Thomas scoring a team-high 25 points while forward Kristine Anigwe scored 24 points. The two combined to shoot 20-of-34 from the field while the rest of the team shot 10-of-22.
Joining Ibis in double-figures for Arizona State was forward Jamie Ruden (14 points) and guard Robbi Ryan (13 points).
Guard Reili Richardson and center Charnea Johnson-Chapman were crucial for the Sun Devils as Richardson tallied a season-high 11 assists with Johnson-Chapman brought down 10 rebounds.
It was a low scoring first half as Sun Devils led 33-25 with Arizona State shooting 42 percent from the field while the Golden Bears shot 38 percent.
Scoring ramped up in the second half as each were trading made baskets. Each team missed just 10 shots in the second half with Cal shooting 20-of-30 and ASU shooting 18-of-28.
Arizona State also did a great job moving the ball around and spreading out offensively. The Sun Devils won the turnover margin forcing 11 turnovers and committing just four turnovers.
The Sun Devils picked up a vital win beginning the gauntlet portion of their schedule and will host No. 24 Stanford Sunday. The Sun Devils and the Cardinal are two of three teams in the Pac-12 who have a 3-0 conference record after Stanford defeated Arizona 61-46 Friday.