After defeating a pair of ranked teams last weekend, the 18th-ranked ASU women’s basketball begin their toughest road trip of the season at Oregon State.
Friday’s game will feature two AP Top 25 teams, who are could not have a more opposite recent past.
Arizona State women’s basketball travels up to Corvallis for another Pac-12 conference matchup, to battle the slumping Oregon State Beavers.
The Sun Devils are one of the hottest teams in the NCAA to date, winning nine of their last ten games, including six straight. The Sun Devils’ season has absolutely exceeded expectations and still has lots of potential to be a truly special one.
Oregon State are coming off their first two-game losing streak in four years, capped by a 35-point beatdown by the UCLA Bruins.
Kianna Ibis has launched herself as a true on-court team leader for the Sun Devils, averaging over 13 points per game.
She has been a huge part of their hot streak, highlighted by a 26-point showing to lead a victory versus Cal-Berkeley, and a 30-point career high performance to give them the edge over Utah.
Ibis’s strength inside the key on defense and near the post on offense has been an extremely pleasant surprise for the Sun Devils this season.
Marie Gulich of OSU has been one of the stronger ballers in the Pac-12 so far, averaging close to 20 points and 10 boards a game.
The matchup of Gulich versus both Kianna Ibis and Charnea Johnson-Chapman (team’s leading rebounder) should be the story of the game, and ultimately be the deciding factor.
Arizona State, with a win Friday night and an Oregon win over Arizona, could set up a showdown Sunday night in Eugene for first place in the Pac-12. Tip off of ASU-Oregon State is at 7 p.m. MT and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.