No. 25 Sun Devils Use An Early Lead To Top California In Berkeley
By Ethan Schmidt // Women’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
BERKELEY, Cal — Arizona State women’s basketball put forth a consistent effort on Sunday to beat No. 23 Cal, on the road to start the second half of Pac-12 play, 57-42.
The No. 25 ranked Sun Devils suffered their fourth loss in the last five games after dropping Friday night’s game at Stanford 74-50. The match-up against Cal was a critical game for ASU to get back on track and the team went out and claimed a win.
ASU jumped out to a 14-0 run to begin the game and led the entire rest of the way. Cal struggled immensely to get the lid of the basket as the team did not score its first points until under three minutes left in the first quarter.
Cal put itself in a big hole early after finishing the first quarter with 20 percent shooting from the floor. With very little improvement throughout the rest of the contest, the Golden Bears concluded the game with just 28 percent shooting and it showed on the scoreboard.
ASU guard Courtney Ekmark scored a team-high 12 points in Sunday’s victory. The redshirt junior also collected eight rebounds to tie for the most in the game.
Forward Kianna Ibis made her way to double-digits with 11 points for the Sun Devils. She snagged eight boards along with Ekmark and earned three assists.
The Sun Devils got back to playing their game on the defensive side of the ball and earned their points inside. Junior center Charnea Johnson-Chapman led the way on defense with a block and two steals, while the entire team combined for 34 points in the paint on the offensive end.
ASU shot a quality 46 percent from the field in Sunday’s game. The Sun Devils were able to connect on four three-pointers to boost them along down the stretch.
The Sun Devils are 15-7 overall and now move into fifth place in the Pac-12 with a 6-4 conference record. ASU will travel back home and host Washington in its next game at Wells Fargo Arena at 8 p.m. MT and the game can be heard on Blaze Radio Online Mixlr.
Ethan Schmidt is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU Women’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Ethan on Twitter @TheEthanSchmidt.