The Wildcats are sitting on a four-game losing streak right now, falling to USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington in that stretch.
In the Cougars' sweep over ASU and Arizona, Franks made 23 of 36 from the field, including 13 of 20 from 3-point range.
And Arizona State has a versatile player in Zylan Cheatham, who is able to make good decisions in the high post. The Sun Devils were much better defensively, too, holding the Huskies without a field goal for almost eight minutes and 3-of-16 shooting from 3 in the first half. CJ Elleby almost had a triple-double for Washington State in that one with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Going 3-16 on three-point shots in the first half and finishing 10-32.
The problem: That urgency isn't always there, which contributed to head-scratching home losses to Princeton and Washington State, as well as.
Without him, the Huskies relied heavily on Sam Timmins and Noah Dickerson.
Arizona finished making only 31.7 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range. Though the Huskies lack a true point guard, the three-man punch of David Crisp, Matisse Thybulle and Nowell can wreak havoc on some of the stingiest defenses.
Arizona State plays at Colorado on Wednesday.
Molina opened the fourth quarter with a layup and Hristova followed with a fast break bucket and the Cougars (8-16, 3-10 Pac-12 Conference) had the big lead of the game at 69-58. Teammate Brandon Randolph was 1-for-6 shooting. Dominic Green started in his place.
And Nahziah Carter was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench.
Not surprisingly, the last time they were this bad, the Huskies lost their last game - a 73-61 defeat against Virginia Tech on December 15. In the second injury with two minutes into the second half, Coach Mike Hopkins and the trainer had to help him off the court.
It's been so long since their last loss so there's really no telling how the Huskies will handle their first setback in almost two months.
They'll take a couple of days off, which is good timing for Dickerson, Wright and a couple of players who are also dealing with an illness.