After a frustrating 15-point loss at USC Friday, ASU women’s basketball will look to pick up a signature win versus eighth-ranked UCLA.
Arizona State face another ranked opponent Sunday as they travel to Pauley Pavilion to face No. 8 UCLA.
The Sun Devils are coming off a tough 77-62 loss at USC Friday in which ASU struggled to stop USC from behind the 3-point line and off the glass.
The Trojans finished with four players in double-figures with guard Aliyah Mazyck and Kristen Simon scoring 24 and 22 points respectively.
Forward Courtney Ekmark had a team-high 17 points as she converted five 3-pointers on six tries.
For ASU, it’s pretty much the same gameplan as the USC game as both teams feature a post presence and playmaking guards.
Center Charnea Johnson-Chapman, who recorded 12 points and six rebounds against the Trojans, will have the task of limiting Bruins senior center Monique Billings.
Billings is one of the best forwards in the country averaging 14.4 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game this season.
Guard Reili Richardson and Kiara Russell will likely be matched up with Bruins guard Jordin Canada, who’s averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game, 6.4 assists per game and 3.2 steals per game.
Canada is one of the best two-way guards in the nation and it’s essential ASU limits turnovers as the Bruins are one of the best teams in transition.
ASU’s will look to use their depth as their advantage as UCLA have a seven-player rotation with forwards Michaela Onyenwere and Chantel Horvat the two main contributors on the bench.
The Sun Devils will look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Bruins having lost the regular season finale at UCLA in 2016 and all three meetings last year, including in the second round of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Arizona State is looking to stay within a game of Oregon State for fourth place in the Pac-12 as they chase an elusive first round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament. Tip off of Arizona State-UCLA is set for 2 p.m. MT and it can be seen on Pac-12 Arizona.