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Sun Devil WBB Hosts Grambling State in inaugural Pac-12-SWAC Legacy Series

Nov 11, 2022

THE GAME: Sun Devil WBB (1-0) vs. Grambling State (0-1)
WHEN: Friday at 2:30 p.m. MST
WHERE: Desert Financial Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
WATCH: ASU Live Stream-2
LIVE STATS: Click here

Coming off a down-to-the wire 69-68 win over Northern Arizona in its 2022-23 season opener on Monday night, the Sun Devil women's basketball team will look to remain unbeaten when it hosts Grambling State on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Desert Financial in Tempe.
Friday's Arizona State-Grambling State game is part of the inaugural Pac-12-SWAC Legacy Series.

Announced in Sept. 2021, the allyship between the Pac-12 and SWAC is the first of its kind pertaining to basketball scheduling between Autonomy 5 and HBCU leagues, but also places crucial emphasis on raising awareness for anti-racism and social justice initiatives.

A critical component of the Legacy Series is ongoing educational opportunities for student-athletes featuring community leaders and expert Conference alumni. 

This event comes on the heels of this past summer's Pac-12 ImPACt experience in Selma and Montgomery, Ala., in which conference student-athletes and administrators journeyed to the center of the civil rights movement.

In addition to Friday's contest being ASU's first Legacy game, Friday's contest will also be part of ASU's annual Salute to Service recognition. Individuals who volunteer to serve in our country's military or in the communities they live in are often motivated by a strong desire to help, protect and give back to others. Arizona State University honors all these men and women who put service above self in both their professional and personal lives. That is what our Salute to Service week is all about. The ASU community is welcome to come out and help celebrate the with the University in thanking our brave men and women in service throughout the week..

The Sun Devils started out the Natasha Adair era on a winning note as they edged Northern Arizona 69-68 on Monday night. Junior guard Jaddan Simmons tied her career high with 22 points while Delaware transfer Tyi Skinner added 12 points. In her debut for the Sun Devils, Meg Newman, who redshirted last season, has a near double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Trailing 68-67, Simmons stepped to the foul line and sank both free throw shots to cement a 69-68 give ASU the lead. The Sun Devils held the Lumberjacks to zero points in the final three minutes of play, using a quick 5-0 spurt to clinch the one-point victory. Newman's rebound in the closing seconds clinched the win.

"It's huge," Adair said in her first post-game press conference. "To me, obviously as the coach, but I think it's more for our team. Because, I'm sure there was just so much on the game, just this new team, new era, just all of what was going on kind of just around them. I think now they can take a deep breath, and say, 'You know what, we did it, we did it together. And let's go do it again.''

ASU won the only prior meeting 89-51 on Nov. 23, 2003 in Tempe.