EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves knew his group would discover out what Baylor, Louisville and Stanford already discovered in shut calls towards Arizona State.

Beating the Solar Devils would not come with no measure of discomfort for the Geese.

Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 factors and No. 5 Oregon fought off a late Three-point barrage and outlasted No. 19 Arizona State 77-71 on Friday night time.

“I informed the group earlier than the sport, it is like going to the dentist,” Graves mentioned, “as a result of they work their butts off, they by no means hand over, they’re gifted, they play nice protection and so they do not make something simple.

“They did not tonight and that is why it got here all the way down to the final minute.”

Maite Cazorla added 16 factors and Ruthy Hebard had 14 for the Geese (16-1, 5-Zero Pac-12), who gained their ninth recreation in a row to maintain tempo atop the convention standings. Oregon made its final six free throws to place the sport away.

“They seem to be a powerful group and we knew that,” Cazorla mentioned. “We needed to play powerful for 40 minutes, and on the finish we did the job.

“We gained, that is what issues.”

Kianna Ibis had 22 factors to guide the Solar Devils (12-5, Three-Three), who scored 15 of their remaining 17 factors from past the arc. Jamie Ruden added 12 factors off the bench.

After making solely three Three-pointers within the first 35 minutes, ASU related from deep 5 instances within the remaining 5 minutes. Taya Olson had made two and was lining up a 3rd from the nook that may have tied the rating when Oregon’s Satou Sabally swooped in for the final of her 4 blocks.

Ibis scored inside moments later to chop it to 69-68 with 1:45 left, however Sabally’s hustle play had lit into the Geese.

“That was an enormous play,” Graves mentioned. “We wanted it at that second.”

“A transition Three like that might have modified the sport,” Ionescu added, “and Satou chased that ball down from half-court and acquired a giant block, and that is what she does for us.”

Ionescu had 18 factors within the second half and 12 within the remaining quarter. After capturing 55.2 p.c within the opening half to construct a 38-29 lead, the Geese completed 28 of 56 for 50 p.c with solely 9 assists on 28 subject targets, effectively off their season common of 20.7 assists per recreation.

Nevertheless, for the fourth time this season, the Solar Devils let one other extremely ranked opponent off the hook.

“We might like to shut it out,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne mentioned. “It was a one-possession recreation and it might have been good to have just a few of my timeouts. We have been shut, we’re proper there, only a few possessions we have to clear up.

“We all know we are able to play with anyone within the nation. We have to get 40 minutes and once we get 40 minutes, there is no doubt that we’ll be on prime. We’re not fairly there but, however I believed this was an excellent effort by our group.”

Oregon led by 13 twice within the second half and was up 65-55 with 6:05 left earlier than ASU used three Three-pointers throughout an 11-2 run to shut to 67-66. Cazorla’s step-back jumper and Ionescu’s two free throws made it 73-68 earlier than Courtney Ekmark’s Three ended the Solar Devils’ scoring and so they needed to resort to fouling.

Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 10 factors, all within the third quarter, and 9 rebounds to assist in giving ASU a 36-31 edge on the boards.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona State now has 4 losses to groups ranked within the prime six by a mean of 5.Three factors, with Friday night time’s six-point margin the biggest. The Solar Devils are in a run of 4 video games towards ranked opponents, together with three within the prime 10.

Oregon’s superior firepower because the nation’s highest-scoring group took a backseat to well timed protection within the remaining three minutes to carry off the Solar Devils. The Geese completed 14 factors off their 91.1-point common.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Oregon wants assist to crack the highest 4 once more, so hanging at No. 5 after a detailed name could also be the very best it could count on. Arizona State might get a bump within the subsequent ballot if it can provide No. 10 Oregon State all it could deal with.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Geese, who lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85), had solely 9 assists to eight turnovers.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Satou Sabally’s hovering block into the stands on a nook Three-point strive despatched the group of 6,769 right into a frenzy and ignited an Oregon protection that compelled a shot-clock violation and two airballs within the remaining three minutes.

SHE SAID IT

In regards to the Geese’ scoring energy, Turner Thorne mentioned: “I believe they have to be the very best offensive group within the nation. I do know UConn is nice, so perhaps between (these two) and Notre Dame, however they’re the true deal.”

UP NEXT

Arizona State: At No. 10 Oregon State on Sunday.

Oregon: Hosts Arizona on Sunday.

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