Oregon Ducks Get Win Over Feisty Arizona State, Ionescu Sets Season High

Sabrina Ionescu drives against Arizona State.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Sabrina Ionescu drives against Arizona State.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Arizona State Sundevils gave the Oregon Ducks all they could handle, but a key block by Satou Sabally late helped Oregon to a 77-71 win Friday night.

Arizona State battled for the entire game with Oregon, never giving up. They were able to find shots. Taya Hanson entered the game having not hit a three-pointer this season. Against Oregon, she hit two of them and finished with 6 points.

Oregon showed down the stretch they were the stronger team. They clamped down on Defense led by Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally. With under three minutes to go, Sabally had a big blocked shot, a rarity in the Women’s game. Defense is one areas the team has been working over the last few weeks and it showed against Arizona State.

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Sabrina Ionescu led the team on Offense scoring a game and season-high 31 points, including the final two free throws to seal the win. She finished the game 3 for 6 from beyond the arc and hit 8 of 9 from the charity stripe for the game. Maite Cazorla had 16 points and played big on Defense for the entire 40 minutes. Cazorla is now shooting over 53 percent on the season. Over the last three games, she is hitting her shots at a 65 percent clip.

Oregon shot 50 percent from the floor and despite 8 turnovers had 9 assists and 6 blocks against Arizona State. The Ducks were limited to just 6 three-pointers on the night. Arizona State did a good job containing Erin Boley, forcing Oregon to find other ways to distribute the ball.

The Oregon Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena to face Arizona on Sunday. The Wildcats are coming off a loss to Oregon State. Similar to Arizona State, the Wildcats are another team to watch out for. They are 13-4 this season and 3-3 in Pac-12 play. Oregon brings a 9 game winning streak vs Arizona. Tipoff is set for Noon Sunday from Matthew Knight Arena. (Pac-12 Network)