After a solid defensive performance against Rice to start the season Friday, the Kentucky women's basketball team will look for more of the same when it travels to Arizona State on Sunday.
Kentucky did not allow a Rice field goal until the 7:51 mark in the second quarter and held the Owls to 26.8 percent shooting in a 72-39 victory. The Wildcats forced the Owls into 23 turnovers and turned those turnovers into 30 points.
Rice was held to 16 points in the first half.
Arizona State, ranked No. 15 in both the USA Today/Coaches Preseason Top 25 and Associated Press Top 25, is the first of seven ranked foes the Wildcats are set to face this season. UK, which is ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/Coaches Preseason Top 25 and No. 18 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, has been ranked for 115 consecutive weeks, a program record.
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Sunday's game will be the season opener for the Sun Devils, who are coming off a 29-6 record last year when they went 15-3 in the Pac-12 to finish second in the league. ASU advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014-15 and return four starters from that squad.
Arizona State is coached by Charli Turner Thorne, who is in her 19th season. Turner Thorne is the winningest coach in Arizona State women's basketball history, while her 354 wins rank second most in Pac-12 history. The coach has guided ASU to 10 NCAA Tournament, including two Elite Eight finishes and a pair of Sweet 16 finishes.
ASU returns its leading scorer, rebounder, three-point shooter and assists leader from last year's squad. Senior guard Katie Hempen leads the way after averaging 12 points last season.
Sunday's game marks the first meeting between Kentucky and Arizona State.
■ The game will be broadcast live on WLAP-AM 630 in Lexington. The game will also be televised on the Pac-12 Network. with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy calling the action. Live stats will be available online at UKathletics.com.