FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kianna Ibis scored 20 on 9-of-14 shooting, Robbi Ryan scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, and No. 22 Arizona State held off Arkansas 88-85 on Sunday night.
Arizona State led most of the way but struggled to gain separation from a team it beat 89-43 last season on Dec. 21 in Tempe, Arizona.
The Sun Devils (2-1) had their largest lead at 65-55 with 2:05 left in the third quarter. The Razorbacks (2-1) kept the deficit in single digits throughout the fourth quarter and closed to within three on Jailyn Mason’s fast break layup with 18 seconds left.
Ryan then made a pair of free throws and Sophia Elenga split a pair with 9 seconds left. Arizona State made 7 of 10 free throws in the final two minutes.