ASU women’s basketball looks to continue building momentum as they take on Washington State at home Sunday looking for a weekend sweep.
After Arizona State suffered three straight losses, the Devils have won two out of their last three. It has been an easier stretch of games with wins against Colorado and Washington. However, building momentum is important, especially since they have a tough weekend coming up.
The Sun Devils have a road trip to Los Angeles where they play the 15-7 USC Trojans and the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins next Friday and Sunday.
Beating inferior teams is a must for regaining confidence. WSU should be a simple win if ASU plays to their capabilities.
The Cougars have not beaten Arizona State since the 2013-2014 season. WSU has also dropped six of their last eight and currently sit at 3-8 in conference play.
This seems like the type of game where Kianna Ibis can get going. She has been quiet recently with just 19 points in her last three games. But, Washington State is not a good defensive team, especially in the paint.
The Cougars have given up an average of 38 points in the paint per game over the last three. They have also given up the second most points in the Pac-12 this season. Good cuts and off-ball screens should also be able to pick the Cougar defense apart and give ASU some easy baskets.
Another point of emphasis for the Devils should be on the boards. ASU has yet to lose in Pac-12 play when out-rebounding opponents. WSU is the second worst defensive rebounding team in the conference, so ASU should be in prime position for second chance opportunities.
On defense, Arizona State needs to have their attention on Borislava Hristova, who averages 18.7 points per game shooting 45 percent from the floor. She is the only Cougar who averages over 10 points per game. Tip off of ASU-WSU is set for 2 p.m. and it can be seen on the ASU Live Stream.