Canada helps No. 8 UCLA beat No. 25 Arizona State 71-63

By TOM CONNOLLY,
Last Updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018

(AP) Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead No. 8 UCLA to a 71-63 victory over No. 25 Arizona State on Sunday.

Canada also had 10 assists and scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12). Monique Billings had 14 points and Michaela Onyenwere added 12.

Robbi Ryan led the Sun Devils(17-9, 8-6) with 14 points and Kianna Ibis and Courtney Ekmark added 13 points apiece.

UCLA has won 10 consecutive games and 12 of 13 and improved 11-2 at home this season. The Bruins have defeated the Sun Devils five consecutive times and have won 13 of their last 16 against ASU.

After trailing early, UCLA battled back and took a 19-18 at the end of the first quarter following a basket by Billings.

Kelli Hayes drilled back-to-back baskets to lead the Bruins on an 8-0 run to open the second quarter. UCLA upped its advantage to 35-25 following two free throws by Onyenwere at the 2:16 mark of the quarter and extended its lead to 41-29 at the break following a Billings' layup in the final seconds of the half.

The Sun Devils held UCLA to one basket over the final 4:13 of the third quarter and trimmed the lead to 54-49 following a free throw by Ryan with 1:13 left in the quarter. Arizona State got within 56-54 after a basket by Sophia Elenga with 8:21 to play, but the Sun Devils couldn't draw any closer the rest of the way as Canada took over.

BIG PICTURE

ASU: It was a lost weekend for the Sun Devils in Los Angeles. After winning three straight before coming to California, ASU lost to USC on Friday night and fell to UCLA on Sunday (20-4, 11-2 update).

UCLA: The Bruins and Oregon have four regular season games remaining, two at home and two on the road; Stanford has three road games and one home game remaining.

UP NEXT

ASU: The Sun Devils return home and will host Arizona on Friday.

UCLA: The Bruins travel to Oregon State to take on the Beavers on Friday.