ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Sun Devil women’s basketball team fought back from a five-point deficit with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where they beat New Mexico 10-4 in the extra frame, to walk away with an 83-77 win on Sunday.
The Sun Devils (4-0) opened the game hot, scoring 24 points on 9-of-16 shots from the field. Ten of Tyi Skinners Game level 24 points – the junior guard’s second consecutive 24-point appearance, a point short of tying their career high – was scored in the opening quarter.
The Sun Devils scored 5-on-25 from the floor together in the second and third quarters but managed to keep the game tight throughout with clutch baskets and timely free throws.
“On the course, we got the stops, we got the rebounds and we took the free throws to beat a very good New Mexico team,” said ASU head coach Natasha Adair.
The Sun Devils hit back, scoring eight points in the last two minutes of regulation, two of which came on a Skinner layup to send the game into overtime. They beat the Lobos 6-0 in the final 2:43 of overtime to secure the win. Combining the two runs at the end of regular time and overtime, the Sun Devils beat Lobos 15-4
“It came down to bite and toughness,” Adair said. “We talked about who we want to be. We want it to be relentless. We want to be proud of our defense and our rebounds and we had a fight on the boards tonight.”
ASU was plus-19 on the boards (53-34), including a 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass that resulted in ASU outclassing New Mexico 19-5 in second chance points.
The Sun Devils finished an incredible 22-of-26 (84.6%) from the free throw line. It is the first time since November 25, 2017 and December 2, 2018 against Columbia and Buffalo that they have scored 20 or more free throws in consecutive games.
Skinner led with a game-high 24 points, one point off her career high for the second straight game. Jaddan Simmons scored 16 points Kayla Mokwuah scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was Mokwuah’s second career double-double and first since February 20, 2019. treasure hunt added 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
In addition to Hunt’s career high in rebounds, two other Sun Devils achieved career milestones. Mokwuah’s eight offensive rebounds were a career high, beating her previous best (5). Sydney Ericstrup notched six rebounds, surpassing her previous career high of four set last season.
Isadora Sousa played a season-high 19 minutes in the second half and was instrumental in helping the Sun Devils on defense.
Sunday’s game in New Mexico was the second of five straight home games for the Sun Devils. They continue their road trip on Friday, November 25 at 2:15pm MST at the Goombay Splash Tournament in Bimini, Bahamas. The Sun Devils face either Notre Dame or American University. The game can be seen via live stream on Flohoops or heard at 14:40 on KAZG 14:40.