ASU women’s basketball basketball finishes non-conference play with an 89-43 win over Arkansas

The Sun Devils improve to 9-3 as they enter Pac-12 play

In the team's final non-conference game, ASU women's basketball defeated Arkansas 89-43 at the Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday afternoon. 

The Sun Devils faced a strong Arkansas team who came into the matchup with an 8-3 record, but ASU connected from three throughout the game to beat the Razorbacks. ASU shot 60 percent beyond the arc, hitting 12 of their 20 attempted 3-pointers. 

The Sun Devils (9-3) continued to use a dominant first half defensively as Arkansas turned over the basketball 18 times, giving ASU25 points off Razorbacks turnovers. ASU ended the first half on a 20-0 run, resulting in a  52-14 halftime score.

Redshirt Junior guard Courtney Ekmark set career highs in dominant fashion as she finished with 23 points and shot 7-10 from behind the arc. Ekmark tied the school record on made threes, and she puts her name on the same list as former Sun Devil standout Briann January.

The Razorbacks' player to watch was junior guard Malica Monk. She entered the game with six straight games of 20 or more points, but against ASU, Monk finished with 12 points on 5-19 shooting. 

The Sun Devils' defense shutdown Monk and the rest of the Razorbacks, holding the team to 30 percent from the field and forcing Arkansas to 23 turnovers.

ASU finished undefeated at Wells Fargo Arena with a 6-0 record. The Sun Devils will have eight days off before starting Pac-12 play against the Colorado Buffaloes (8-2) at Coors Event Center in Boulder.


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