The No. 19 Arizona State women's basketball team will have an opportunity to play for a share of first place in the Pac-12 when it hosts fourth-ranked Stanford on Monday (5 p.m. MT).
The Sun Devils are coming off a 68-59 upset of No. 15 Cal on Friday, their third win over a Top 25 team this season. The game against Cal was the first of a difficult four-game stretch for the Sun Devils which has them facing three Top 25 teams in an 11-day span. After Monday's game the Sun Devils will go on the road to face Utah, a team which swept ASU last season and is coming off a road upset of Pac-12 frontrunner Washington State. ASU will then travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on Colorado. Like Utah, the Buffaloes swept ASU last season and have been ranked in the Top 25 every week as of Jan. 13.
ASU will have a similar stretch the middle of next month when it faces Stanford and Cal (both on the road) and Colorado and Utah (both at home) in succession.
The Sun Devils (15-2, 4-1 Pac-12) enter Monday's game vs. Stanford as one of four teams with only one loss in Pac-12 play – USC (6-1), Washington State (5-1) and Cal (4-1).
Stanford (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12) brings a 15-game winning streak to Tempe. The only blemish on its record this season is a 76-57 setback at current unbeaten and top-ranked UConn in early November. The Cardinal has won its first five Pac-12 games by an average of 26.4 points. It is shooting 53.2 percent in league play, including 51 percent from beyond the arc.
The Sun Devils came into Pac-12 play with a 10-game winning streak, which came to an end on Jan. 3 at Washington State (85-78). Two days later the Sun Devils were able to gain a split on their first Pac-12 road trip after defeating Washington 78-60. ASU started its current four-game homestand with a pair of hard-fought wins vs. USC (94-86 in OT) and UCLA (59-57) and followed that with Friday's upset of No. 15 Cal.
The storyline of ASU's success this season has been teamwork. Ten Sun Devils have scored in double figures this season; seven have led or tied for the team lead in scoring; seven have led or tied for the team lead in assists; and four have led or tied for the team lead in rebounds.
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