ASU women’s basketball suffered their second straight loss Sunday losing 74-64 versus No. 8 Oregon as the Ducks shot 66 percent from the field.
Heading into Sunday, Arizona State had defeated the Oregon Ducks four games in a row and 17 out of the last 21 times. But, this Oregon team came in ranked at No. 8 in the AP Poll and have yet to lose a Pac-12 game thus far. Also, ASU was without the services of their second leading scorer Jamie Ruden.
The first quarter was tough for the Devils. Oregon shot 10-of-13 from the field and led 22-12 after one. Good ball movement and easy buckets resulted in their hot start. Sophomore Sabrina Ionescu started 4-of-4 with nine points.
ASU stepped up in the second quarter, feeding their bigs inside and establishing a post presence proved effective. Kianna Ibis heated up and finished the first half 7-of-9 with 15 points. Going inside also opened up the floor for good outside shots as ASU made four three-pointers.
Oregon led at halftime by four at the score 38-34.
The third quarter was a nightmare for ASU. The Devils started the second half with four straight turnovers. They did not score a single point until there was 1:32 remaining in the third. Oregon outscored ASU 21-5 after starting the quarter with a 16-0 run.
Oregon would hold on to win 74-64 moving to 6-0 during Pac-12 play. ASU fell to 4-2 in the conference. The Ducks shot 66 percent for the game led by Sabrina Ionescu’s 26 points with six rebound and five assists. Ibis led in scoring for ASU with 22 points. The Oregon defense suffocated the Devils in the second half, as ASU turned the ball over constantly and were not able to get Ibis open shots consistently.
After a disappointing Oregon trip, Arizona State will return home Friday when they play Utah for the second time this season.