The Arizona State and Arizona women’s basketball teams have completed non-conference competition and open the Pacific-12 schedule this weekend with a trip to the Evergreen State for matchups with Washington and Washington State.
ASU is at Washington at 8 p.m. MT Friday and at WSU at 2 p.m. MT Sunday, while Arizona visits the same teams at the same times on opposite days.
Following Sunday’s 60-53 win over Idaho State, the 8-4 Sun Devils have won five consecutive, dating back to Dec. 2’s loss to No. 22 Dayton. In the recent win over the Bengals, sophomore Promise Amukamara (7.8 ppg) and freshman Haley Videckis both recorded career highs with 15 and 11 points respectively.
Janae Fulcher, the 6-foot-3 senior forward leads ASU with 10.6 points per game, while senior guard Micaela Pickens is averaging 8.3 with a .417 three-point shooting percentage that trails only Stanford’s Taylor Greenfield for the best in the conference. Six-foot-five junior Joy Burke leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game.
At 8-3, the Washington Huskies boast 5-foot-7 sophomore Jazmine Davis, whose 19.5 points per game are second only to Chiney Ogwumike in the Pac-12. Freshman Talia Walton leads the conference in blocks with 2.27 per game and is 16th with 12.5 points, senior guard Kristi Kingma is averaging 11.5 points, and sophomore Aminah Williams is third in the league with 11.5 rebounds.
Arizona (8-3) plays for the first time in two weeks Friday at 8 p.m. MT when it is at Washington State. The Wildcats are first in the conference in three-point shooting (.353), and the Cougars are tops in defending the perimeter (.238).
The Cougars are 4-7 and are led by 5-foot-11 Hawaiian freshman Lia Galdeira, who is ninth in the Pac-12 with 14.5 points per game. Tia Presley also averages 11.7 per game.
For Arizona, Davellyn Whyte is fifth in the Pac-12 at 16.6 points per game and first with 2.82 three pointers. Transfers Kama Griffits (11.4 ppg) and Alli Gloyd (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) also lead the team with 6-foot-2 junior Erica Barnes (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Arizona is second in the league in steals (11.36 per game) to UCLA (11.82), while Stanford is surprisingly last (5.17).
When ASU returns to Tempe, it will face Oregon at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11. The Ducks, coached by Paul Westhead, are only 2-10 and coming off of a 40-point loss to No. 1 Connecticut (11-0), but 6-foot-3 freshman Jillian Alleyne leads the Pac-12 with 13.8 rebounds per match. Jan. 11, the Wildcats also return home to face Oregon State (6-6), and the teams rotate opponents for Sunday.
As for the rest of the Pac-12, Stanford (11-1) dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 nationally, following its 61-35 loss to UConn Saturday, snapping its 82-game home winning streak. The Cardinal had not lost at home since 2007 to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament, and it was its lowest offensive output since a loss to Missouri in 1984. Stanford was sitting at No. 1 in the nation following its 71-69 win over defending champion Baylor Nov. 16 in Hawaii, ending the Bears’ 42-game winning streak, and Ogwumike’s 21.5 points lead the conference, with her 12.8 boards being second to Oregon’s Alleyne.
California (10-1) is ranked seventh nationally, blemished only with a 14-point loss to No. 3 Duke, UCLA (8-2) is No. 16, and Colorado (11-0) is a surprise at No. 20 in the polls.