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WBB Recap: Ducks fall late to Sun Devils 68-63

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The Arizona State Sun Devils pulled away late to defeat the Oregon Ducks 68-63 today in Women’s Basketball. It was a back and forth affair throughout, but ASU’s rebound advantage would provide them with an edge in the contest. It was a quiet night for Ruthy Hebard, as she and the rest of Oregon’s front court would spend most of the first half in foul trouble. Maite Cazorla scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists, Sabrina Ionescu contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Morgan Yaeger put up 11 points in 18 minutes for the Ducks. The Sun Devils were led by Sophie Brunner (17 points and 7 rebounds,) and Sabrina Haines (14 points, 4-5 from 3.)

Arizona State jumped out to at 8-3 lead behind Brunner and Quinn Dornstauder (12 free throw attempts for the game.) A pair of layups by Johnson-Chapman were bookended by a pair of layups by Hebard gave ASU the 12-7 advantage. Then Cazorla went off, scoring 9 points over the final 4 minutes of the quarter, including a layup with 40 seconds left to tie the game up at 19. ASU shot the ball worse, but made up for it with an advantage in rebounds and turnovers.

Cazorla began the second quarter by converting a layup and one to give the Ducks the lead, which was then matched by the same feat by Brunner. The score went back and fourth until Arizona State began to pull away with 2 minutes remaining in the half. ASU converted a pair of 3 pointers and went 1-2 from the line, while Oregon could only muster a layup by Cazorla and went into halftimetrailing by 5. Cazorla netted 14 points in the first half to lead the Ducks, and Brunner paced the Sun Devils with 11 points.

Oregon rallied to start the third quarter as Ionescu scored 8 to start the quarter, allowing the Ducks to retake the lead 40-39. A Vandenberg jumper and layup put Oregon up 46-44 with 2:37 left, but Airzona State would retake the lead 51-50 as Brunner sank a jumper with 1 second left.

Yaeger put in some work for Oregon in the fourth, scoring the Ducks first 4 points. But ASU pulled away as Oregon went on a scoring drought for 5:30 until Hebard converted a layup with 1:36 remaining. At that point The Sun Devils led 61-57, a lead that they would not relinquish. After making their free throws, ASU would prevail 68-63. Yaeger scored 5 points in the final 30 seconds, but the Ducks could not prevent Arizona State from scoring.

The Ducks will face the UCLA Bruins next at Matt Court on Friday at 6 PM.