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ASU women's basketball wins two games in ASU Classic

The Sun Devils extended their winning streak to three with wins against the University of Texas at San Antonio and Harvard

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ASU sophomore guard Jaddan Simmons (2) drives to the hoop during ASU’s 68-44 victory over UTSA at Desert Financial Arena on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.


ASU women’s basketball hosted the ASU Classic tournament on Dec. 4-5 at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe. ASU came out of the tournament with wins against the University of Texas at San Antonio and Harvard. 

The three previously mentioned schools, along with Colorado State, all played two games in the tournament.

University of Texas at San Antonio 

ASU won its fourth game of the season against UTSA 68-44 in the first game of the tournament. Early on in the first half, ASU continued to find success from the 3-point line, making 50% of its attempts in the first quarter. 

The Sun Devils offense spread the wealth against the Roadrunners with six players contributing more than six points. Senior guard Taya Hanson contributed 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. ASU capitalized on fast breaks by scoring 21 points on those opportunities.  

The Sun Devils defense held the Roadrunners to only 13 points in the first half. The defense continued to limit UTSA's offense in the second half, holding them to 44 total points.

Senior forward Jayde Van Hyfte made her return to the court following a knee injury. Van Hyfte started the game and finished with six points in 13 minutes played. 

"That was a great team win, and we really needed that confidence boost going into tomorrow," Van Hyfte said. "It feels really good to be back out there playing with my team."


Harvard 

ASU added to its win streak with a 91-54 win against Harvard on Sunday.

The Sun Devils continued to be successful from the 3-point line, shooting 47.4%. Senior guard Jade Loville led the team in scoring with 19 points. Graduate student forward Mael Gilles followed Loville by putting up 14 points in the Sun Devil win. 

The Sun Devils continued to capitalize on fast breaks with 20 points scored on those opportunities while the defense held Harvard to just 12 points in each of the first two quarters. 

ASU's win against Harvard is its third win in a row after losing two consecutive games in the Cancun Challenge tournament. 

ASU will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton on Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. MST.


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