The ASU women's basketball team (18-2, 7-1 Pac-12) went on quite a run that finally ended Sunday against No. 9 Oregon State. Sitting at 4-1, ASU won its next 14 games, stretching from November to January. During the streak, ASU won by an average margin of victory of 19.9 points, including two victories over rival Arizona.
A look back at the streak:
Game 1: 72-67 over Vanderbilt (12-8) in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Time ASU trailed: 26:58
This was the first game in the steak. ASU actually trailed by five points at the half, but senior guard Promise Amukamara scored a game-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half to give the Sun Devils the win.
Game 2: 77-42 over SMU (4-15). Time ASU trailed: 0:00
This was the first of nine games in this streak ASU would play at home. ASU went up 11-0 to start and never looked back.
Game 3: 72-51 over UC Davis (8-9). Time ASU trailed: 0:00
Starting fast is the theme here. ASU opened the game on a 12-0 run, though the Aggies cut it to two at one point in the first half. ASU never trailed for the second straight game.
Game 4: 89-44 over Illinois State (0-18) Time ASU trailed: 1:06
ASU did just about everything right in this game, except for shooting 1-for-12 from 3-point range. ASU outscored Illinois State 46-14 in the paint, and had a 29-4 edge in points off turnovers.
Game 5: 81-61 over Lehigh (13-5) Time ASU trailed: 0:00
Lehigh went to Tempe undefeated at 7-0. After not competing for two weeks, the Mountain Hawks’ unbeaten run came to an end in a game they never led. ASU had five players in double-figures.
Game 6: 88-75 over Northwestern (14-5) Time ASU trailed: 0:00
For the second consecutive game, ASU knocked off a then-undefeated team. Sophomore forward Sophie Brunner had a big day for ASU (24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 13 rebounds.
Game 7: 69-51 over Yale (8-8) Time ASU trailed: 0:40
It wasn't the most high-scoring of games for either team, but ASU sophomore center Quinn Dornstauder had a double-double in the victory.
Game 8: 62-48 over Washington (16-4, 5-3 Pac-12) Time trailed: 0:40
ASU began Pac-12 play with quite a challenge, facing the nation's leading scorer at the time in Washington guard Kelsey Plum (now third at 24.5 points per game). The Sun Devils held Plum to 17 points including just four in the first half when ASU outscored the Huskies 37-13.
Game 9: 78-64 over Washington State (13-6, 4-4 Pac-12) Time trailed: 0:00
Washington State had given ASU troubles in the past and ASU knew the challenge in defending guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley, the Pac-12's second- and third-leading scorers this season. The duo eventually got their buckets, but ASU pulled away by that point.
Game 10: 88-41 over Arizona in Tucson (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) Time trailed: 0:00
Speaking of fast starts, ASU got off to one of its fastest ever and led Arizona 44-14 at halftime. It's generally a good thing when a team more than doubles its opponent's output.
Game 11: 71-54 over Arizona Time trailed: 1:22
After playing earlier in the week, ASU and Arizona got the rematch in Tempe. The Wildcats kept it closer than their first attempt, but ASU pulled away in the second half. With the win, ASU improved to 15-1 and set a program mark for fastest start to a season.
Game 12: 67-52 over California (14-5, 6-2 Pac-12) Time trailed: 13:02
For the second straight conference game, ASU's opponent was competitive at halftime. After the Sun Devils trailed 37-34 early in the second half, they went on a 33-18 run to close the game.
Game 13: 60-57 over Stanford (15-5, 7-1 Pac-12) Time trailed: 0:00
For context on how good the Cardinal has been historically, consider that they’ve won at least a share of the Pac-10/12 every season beginning with 2000-01 and have qualified for the Final Four in six of the past seven seasons. It was only a modest upset in the rankings, but given ASU hadn't won at Stanford in 31 years, it was a historic win.
Game 14: 70-58 over Oregon (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) Time trailed: 9:44
One way to put this game would be balance — ASU had seven players score between eight and 11 points. But ASU didn't play well in the game, particularly in the first half to a school that is 8-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
ASU's streak came to an end on Sunday against now-No. 7 Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12).
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