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cially when it came down to the last min­utes we knew they were go­ing to throw it to her," Ibis said. "So we re­ally keyed in try­ing to pres­sure who­ever was throw­ing the ball to her. Reili came over on the last-se­cond play and hit it right out of her hands. That was re­ally ex­cit­ing."

Richard­son said, "I knew she was a key player for them. They were down one so I knew they were go­ing to lob so I was just was in help side for my team­mates."

More hero­ics for Richard­son

Richard­son came up big at the end for the se­cond time in as many weeks.

At Utah on Jan. 4, she hit a gamewin­ning buzzer beater.

"They take things away from her (Ibis) so I just step up," the ju­nior guard said.

Ibis fin­ished with a game-high 26 points, four off her ca­reer high, and made a ca­reer-best four 3-point­ers on as many tries. The se­nior for­ward also had 27 points at Colorado on Jan. 6 but only six against Stan­ford.

"Charli got at me and told me I needed to be more ag­gres­sive," Ibis said. "I need to step up and be a big play­maker for the team. I just told my­self I"m go­ing to ag­gres­sive and stay confident and not get in my head."

ASU shot 46.9 per­cent over­all and 46.2 from 3-point af­ter shoot­ing 39.2 and 21.1, re­spec­tively, vs. Stan­ford.

"No one's go­ing to make this into an of­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion video, but we were bet­ter," Turner Thorne said. "We didn't as many early, quick shots. We were more pa­tient. We're kind of hit and miss with our tran­si­tion game. Reili is great in the open court, and we're just not tak­ing ad­van­tage of that.

"You score 62 points and you don't have much tran­si­tion (two fast-break points) and not that many free throws (10 of 15) that is good half-court of­fense. So thank you Kianna."

Mbu­lito con­trib­utes off bench

Other than Anigwe, only Jae­lyn Brown (11 points) scored in dou­ble fig­ures for Cal, which also lost 60-55 at Ari­zona on Fri­day.

Ibis was the lone dou­ble-fig­ure scorer for ASU.

The Bears had a 32-31 edge in re­bound­ing and turnover also were nearly even (ASU 13-12).

ASU fresh­man Iris Mbu­lito made a solid con­tri­bu­tion off the bench with five points, five re­bounds, five as­sists in 14 min­utes. She also had four turnovers.

"Some­times I'm a lit­tle quick to shorten her ro­ta­tion, but I know when I just leave her out there she makes plays," Turner Thorne said of the Span­ish guard. "She's such a great re­bounder, such a great passer, she can get to the rim, and she's so long on de­fense. I'm still wait­ing for her to get her five steals. She played re­ally good de­fense, a thou­sand times bet­ter than the Stan­ford game."

Up next

ASU plays two more games against na­tion­ally ranked teams, this time on the road. First up is No. 5 Ore­gon (15-1, 4-0) on Fri­day fol­lowed by No. 10 Ore­gon State (14-2, 4-0) on Jan. 20.

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