TEMPE, Ariz. – Treasure Hunt and Meg Newman were two wrecking crew members at the Desert Financial Arena on Saturday afternoon. Together, they had 34 points and 27 rebounds in the Sun Devil women’s basketball team’s 82-67 victory over Prairie View A&M. .
Hunt scored a career-high 22 points with nine rebounds, while Newman had 12 points and 18 rebounds off the bench to help the Sun Devils clean up the troublesome Panthers.
An 18-for-8 run kicked off the second half and saw the Sun Devils build a 16-point lead in their biggest ever game. The Panthers led 58-42 with less than four minutes left in the third round, scoring his eight of his 10 points in the final of the quarter and cutting the ASU lead to 60-50. We made it to the 4th round.
The Sun Devils won the fourth quarter 22-9 to take a game-high 23-point lead and completely silence the Panthers.
“I’m so proud of our young lady,” said head coach Natasha Adair. “We’ve had an incredible week of preparation. We just got off work.This was our final exam.We talked about playing defense, rebounding and extra effort.Do whatever it takes and do it together.This is phenomenal. It’s a great team win and we made it together.”
Tiskiner, who has scored in double figures in each of ASU’s 11 games this season, scored 8 of 17 points and set a career-high seven assists in the fourth quarter. She had two of her 3-pointers that scored for the Sun Devils in the 4th quarter.
The Sun Devils edged the Panthers 50-33, 21-25 (84%) from the free-throw line. They scored 24 points from their bench unit, with Newman’s dozen and Trae Anna Crisp’s 10 headlining.
The Sun Devils entered halftime 40-34 thanks to a 16-5 run to close out the half. They scored on four of the half’s final five possessions while keeping the Panthers scoreless in the final 2:11 of the second quarter.
After a slow and aggressive start, Newman sparked off the bench, allowing the Sun Devils to take the lead for the Panthers. Newman tallied 10 points and 9 rebounds in the first half, setting the stage for his final career-best effort.
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Newman’s 18 boards was the Sun Devil’s most 18 boards since Ja’Tavia Tapley’s 18 board win against BYU on December 6, 2019.
“Coming back from this injury, they have been smart with me and have done a great job of understanding my body,” Newman said. “Today was like the first day [the athletic trainers] It was like, ‘OK, tell me how you feel,’ and it was a lot of fun to be there.
The Sun Devils shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the first half and outpaced the Panthers 23-17 in rebounding. Halfway through the second quarter Skinner’s bucket gave the Sun Devils their first lead with about 14 minutes to go. It was part of a pivotal stretch as he beat the Panthers 12-2 and took the lead heading into the break.
The Sun Devils started the contest in a similar fashion, but were slowed by a scoring drought of nearly 2 minutes and 30 seconds that helped the Panthers take an early 10–7 lead. Seven unanswered points shrunk the Panthers’ lead to just two, taking him 21-19 from the first game.
Solid bench play and consistent scoring from Hunt and Skinner allowed the Sun Devils to command until the end.
Saturday’s win snapped ASU’s three-game losing streak in a series of games in which only seven scholarship players were available in each contest. On Saturday, he also had two Sun Devils available.freshman forward Jurnee ThompsonAfter missing the final two ASU games, she made her first career start on Saturday, posting 11 points and 6 rebounds.Also freshman guard Jayla Robinson It was her first career appearance after missing the first 10 games.
Next up for the Sun Devils is a trip to Tucson, where they’ll face in-state rival Arizona in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on December 29 (6pm MST).