Sun Devils outlast Utah in an early Pac-12 thriller
By Ethan Schmidt // Women’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
TEMPE, AZ — Arizona State women’s basketball continued its weekend road trip on Sunday against the Utah Utes. The Sun Devils (11-3, 2-0) survived a comeback from the Utes to win 83-81 and remain undefeated in Pac-12 play.
ASU sophomore forward Jamie Ruden came in clutch late in the fourth quarter. After the Sun Devils led the entire game, the Utes came back to tie it at 77 with just over a minute left.
Ruden buried a three with a hand in her face to put ASU back ahead, 80-77. Utah then claimed its first lead of the game, 81-80, with 22 seconds left on the clock. Ruden then worked her magic for another bucket to ice the game, 82-81.
Forward Kianna Ibis balled out for ASU. The junior racked up a career-high 30 points, the most by any Sun Devil this season. Ibis went 13-of-20 from the field along with three 3-pointers.
Arizona State got off to the hottest start in school history. The Sun Devils scored 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting, the most points ever scored in a quarter for ASU women’s basketball.
ASU cooled down quite a bit and allowed Utah (10-3, 1-1) to slowly creep its way back in the game. The Utes outscored the Sun Devils 62-49 in the final three quarters.
Guard Robbi Ryan netted 14 points to join Ibis in double-digits. Guard Reili Richardson and forwards Ruden, Courtney Ekmark and Sophia Elenga all finished with nine points.
Redshirt junior Megan Huff led the way for the Utes with 22 points. Utah had five players score in double-digits.
Arizona State will travel back home to play No. 20 Cal on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. The Sun Devils then take a road trip to Oregon to take on the No. 17 Beavers and No. 10 Ducks shortly after.
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 .