Women's Basketball Travels to Washington State, Washington
Feb. 5, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Standing alone in first place in the Pac-10 Conference and on a Pac-10-best six-game winning streak, the Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road, traveling to Washington State and Washington to begin the second half of conference play. Winners of their last six games and seven of their last eight, the No. 23 Sun Devils earned their first national ranking since 1992 after surpassing last year's wins total with Saturday night's 73-63 victory over No. 22/21 Oregon. ASU has also tallied the most victories since the 1992-93 Sun Devils went 17-10 on the year. With their win over the Ducks, the Sun Devils also matched their seven conference wins from one season ago, and the team's next Pac-10 win will be the most since the 1992-93 squad went 10-8 to finish fourth in the league. The Sun Devils bring a 15-6 overall record into this weekend's game and hold a 7-2 mark in the Pac-10 which puts them into sole possession of first place in the conference, one win ahead of Arizona, Stanford and Washington. Last week, Washington earned a 91-71 victory at Washington State in women's basketball's version of the Apple Cup.
As ASU heads to the Evergreen state, the team looks to win its seventh consecutive game, something the team has not done since opening the 1991-92 season with nine straight victories. The Sun Devils also aim to maintain their seven-game winning streak against the Washington State Cougars and sweep that series for fourth consecutive year, while the team will be looking for their first win in Seattle since 1995-96.
Probable Starters '00-01 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#23 Betsy Boardman G/F 6-1 Fr. 10.9 4.1 Career-high 19 points vs. Oregon#52 Cian Carvalho F 5-11 Jr. 6.9 5.0 8 rbs, 4 steals vs. Oregon State#35 Melody Johnson C 6-2 Jr. 14.2 6.8 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting vs. UO#4 Amanda Levens G 5-9 Jr. 14.5 3.3 Has hit 51.9% (14-27) of treys in last six#33 Natalie Tucker G 5-9 Sr. 5.2 3.5* Season-best 7 assists vs. Oregon
Off the Bench '00-01 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#3 Liz Paulson G 5-11 Sr. 0.6 0.5* Coming off major back surgery#11 Aubrey McFadyen G/F 6-1 Sr. 1.4 0.7 Redmond, Wash., native#12 Brett Leonard G 5-5 So. 3.7 1.7* 9 pts on 3-of-4 shooting vs. OSU#13 Leah Combs F 6-2 Jr. 4.3 4.2 4 pts, 8 rbs vs. Oregon State#31 Jen Albert F 6-2 Fr. 0.6 0.3 4 points vs. Cal State Northridge#32 Rainy Crisp G 5-6 Jr. 2.9 2.0 Career-high 9 points vs. Arizona#34 Li'i Liu G/F 5-10 Fr. 0.3 0.7 Has team's highest vertical jump* assists per game
ExposureASU's flagship station XTRA 910 AM will broadcast both games in the Valley of the Sun with Vince Marotta calling the action. The broadcasts are also available via the ASU official athletics web site (www.thesundevils.com). Neither game will be televised live. The Washington game will be carried by Fox Sports Northwest on tape delay.
In the RankingsArizona State broke into the national top 25 this week, checking in at 23rd in the Feb. 5 Associated Press poll. For ASU, it is the team's first national ranking since March 1, 1992 when the Sun Devils were ranked 25th by the Associated Press, but the team fell out of the polls the following week. As a team, Arizona State has been ranked a total of 35 weeks in the team's history. The Sun Devils spent most of the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons ranked in the national polls, climbing as high as ninth in the middle of the 1982-83 campaign. ASU is also receiving nine votes in the Feb. 5 USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and are ranked 25th by womenscollegehoops.com this week.
Arizona State has faced five ranked opponents this season with a 2-3 record in those games, earning a 67-57 victory over the No. 23/25 Arizona Wildcats Jan. 27 and a 73-63 win over No. 22/21 Oregon Saturday night. Prior to that, the team's last upset over a ranked opponent was a 77-76 win over then undefeated and No. 7 Washington at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 8, 1998. Before its wins over the Wildcats and the Ducks, ASU had come up short in three contests with ranked teams this year, including a pair of losses under five points, falling to then No. 22 North Carolina State 54-51 Nov. 26 in the Rainbow Wahine Classic and to then No. 2 Tennessee 67-63 Dec. 27 in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic.
Road WarriorsArizona State's trip to the state of Washington begins a stretch that will see the Sun Devils play five of their next seven games on the road. The Sun Devils are 5-2 on the road this season, including a 3-1 mark in Pac-10 play. With their victory at Cal Jan. 6, the Sun Devils matched their total of three road victories from last season, while the victory at Haas Pavilion was the first for ASU since 1991-92. This season, ASU has also swept UCLA (snapping an eight-game skid at Pauley Pavilion) and USC on the road for the first time in school history, and the team has won games at Cal, USC and UCLA in a single season for the first time in school history.
The last ASU team to turn in more than five road wins was the 1992-93 squad which went 7-5 away from the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. Last year, the Sun Devils earned two non-conference road victories but managed just one during the Pac-10 slate, ending the season with a 3-12 road record. ASU's 67-61 at Hawaii Nov. 25 marked the team's first road victory since defeating Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Jan. 15 of last year, a span of eight consecutive road losses.
In the Conference RaceThis marks the first time in school history that the Sun Devils have been in first place in the Pac-10 Conference at this point in the season. The highest the team had been ranked previously so deep into league play was second on Feb. 1, 1993, after the Sun Devils reeled off five consecutive Pac-10 wins to improve to 5-2 in the league. In 1991-92 and 1992-93, their two best seasons since joining the Pac-10, the Devils were fifth (4-5) and third (5-4) in the Pac-10 through nine games, respectively.
Arizona State has never won a Pac-10 Conference title in the league's 14-year existence, while the team's best finish in the Pac-10 was a tie for fourth in 1993 (10-8). The Sun Devils' most Pac-10 victories came in 1991-92 when the team notched an 11-7 record and a fifth-place finish en route to 20-9 overall mark and an NCAA Tournament bid. ASU finished third on two occasions while a member of the Western Collegiate Athletic Association (1981-82 and 1982-83), while its highest conference finish ever was a second-place showing in the Pacific West Conference in 1985-86.
Last Time OutJunior Melody Johnson scored 20 points and freshman Betsy Boardman added a career-best 19 as Arizona State toppled No. 22/21 Oregon 73-63 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Ducks.
Oregon, which trailed 39-34 at halftime, overcame foul trouble early in the second half and closed within 49-47 on Lindsey Dion's breakaway layup with 11:56 left. Junior Leah Combs hit a hook shot to put the Sun Devils 51-47, while Boardman knocked down a jumper, one free throw and then a three-pointer with 2:28 left to put Arizona State ahead 69-57.
Johnson scored the Sun Devils' first six points and 10 of the team's first 13. She scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half and finished the night shooting 8-of-12 from the field. Boardman scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while junior Amanda Levens had 18 points. Jamie Craighead scored 17 points and Lindsey Dion added 13 for the Ducks. As a team, the Sun Devils turned in season high performances from the field (54.5 percent) and the three-point line (66.7 percent) and outrebounded the Ducks 33-21.
The Current StreakArizona State's current six-game Pac-10 winning streak is the first for the team since the 1991-92 squad defeated six straight Pac-10 opponents that February (Feb. 8 to Feb. 29). That team, which was the last Sun Devil squad to make an NCAA tournament appearance, also turned in ASU's longest winning streak, opening the season with nine straight wins. Over the last six games:
- ASU has scored an average of 70.8 points per game and held its opponents to just 61.3 points per contest.
- The Sun Devils have shot 46.3 percent from the field (148-319) including a season-high 54.5 percent (24-44) vs. Oregon last weekend.
- The team has averaged 37.8 rebounds per game, while its opponents have managed just 30.0 boards per game in that stretch including a season-low 21 rebounds by the Oregon Ducks.
About Washington State and WashingtonWith an 8-11 overall mark and a 3-6 conference record (good for a tie for 8th), Washington State has already doubled its wins totals from last season (4-24, 1-17). After opening the season with a 2-0 record, the Cougars have lost six of seven but did knock off Oregon 67-64 in Pullman on Jan. 20. WSU comes into Thursday night's game on a three-game skid after falling to Washington 91-71 in Pullman on Saturday. Individually, no Cougar is averaging double figures for scoring. Sophomore center Kelley Berglund leads the team in scoring (9.6 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg, good for 17th in the Pac-10). Senior guard Katie Nyseth leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.27 and is second in the Pac-10 in assists (4.9) and fourth in steals (2.3).
Washington comes into the weekend after winning its last two games and two of the last three and will take on Arizona on Thursday night. At 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10, the Huskies are one of three teams tied for second in the conference. Senior guard Megan Franza leads the Huskies in scoring and is fifth in the Pac-10 at 14.7 points per game, while freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola and sophomore guard Loree Payne are second at 10.5 points per game. Mendiola checks in as the club's top rebounder as well and is tied for sixth in the conference at 6.4 boards per game. She is also ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in assists at 3.95 per contest. As a team, UW paces the Pac-10 in rebounding (43.7), assists (15.7) and three-pointers per game (6.79).
In the SeriesArizona State holds an 18-11 advantage in the series with Washington State and will be looking for a sweep of the series for a fourth consecutive season. Last year, ASU earned a 64-54 victory in Pullman on Jan. 15 and a 74-53 win at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 10. The Sun Devils have earned victories in the last seven games in the series including an 83-70 win against the Cougars earlier this season. WSU holds a slim 8-6 advantage in games played in Pullman, but the Sun Devils have won the last three contested on the Palouse.
Washington leads the series with Arizona State 21-10 including a commanding 12-3 advantage in Seattle. Last year, the two teams split with a 78-76 UW win in Seattle on Jan. 13 and a 74-53 ASU win in Tempe on Feb. 10. ASU will be looking for its first win in Seattle in four years. ASU's last victory in Seattle came on Feb. 3, 1996 with an 81-77 victory in Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Close Ones Lately...Excluding ASU's 74-53 victory over Washington last year in Tempe, which tied forASU's largest margin of victory in the series, the last four games between the Sun Devils and Huskies have been extremely close. Three of those four games have been decided by a combined nine points including Washington's 66-62 victory earlier this season in Tempe. Last year, UW took a 78-76 contest Jan. 13 in Seattle, while two other recent games in Tempe have been decided by last-second three-pointers by ASU's Michelle Tom. Tom hit a last-second trey to give ASU a 77-76 victory over then undefeated and No. 7 Washington on Jan. 8, 1998, and drained another shot from beyond the arc to send another game into overtime, which ASU won 72-69 on Feb. 6, 1999.
Washington ConnectionsTwo members of the Arizona State program have ties to the state of Washington. Head coach Charli Turner Thorne was a graduate assistant at the University of Washington under then head coach Chris Gobrecht from 1988-90. During Turner Thorne's stint at Washington, the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Tournament both seasons reaching the Elite Eight in 1989-90. Senior Aubrey McFadyen, who transferred to ASU from Colorado State three years ago, attended Redmond (Wash.) High School where she was a first-team all-league selection in 1995-96.
Earlier This Season vs. Washington and Washington StateASU turned in one of its best offensive performances of the season en route to an 83-70 victory over the WSU Cougars Jan. 13 at Wells Fargo Arena. Arizona State turned in a season-high 83 points, including a season-best 49 in the first half, while its 50.9 field goal percentage and 54.5 three-point percentage were also tops for the team at that point in the season (surpassed vs. Oregon last weekend).
ASU held Washington State scoreless over the first four minutes of the game to take a 6-0 lead, but WSU answered with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 9-8 lead with 14:32 to play in the first half. The Sun Devils, however, quickly dissolved that lead, WSU's only one of the game, to go ahead 24-11 with 9:48 to play in the half, a 15-2 run that was keyed by three-pointers by junior Amanda Levens and freshman Betsy Boardman, and led 49-30 at the half.
In the second half, WSU chipped the Sun Devil lead down to seven points (67-60) with 5:11 to play, taking advantage of a 10-2 run. ASU sealed its victory with solid free throw shooting and 10 points over the last four minutes of the game from Levens. She converted on a three-point play and hit her career-best fourth three-pointer of the game in that stretch. Levens led the game with 23 points, knocking down 6-of-9 from the field including a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point land. Junior Melody Johnson turned in 16 points, while Boardman had 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Cian Carvalho turned in 12 points to match her then career high for the second consecutive game. For WSU, senior Katie Nyseth had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead her squad.
Against the Huskies on Jan. 11, Johnson had 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Huskies who came away with a 66-62 victory which snapped their three-game losing streak in Tempe. The two teams battled to a 24-24 tie at the half. Johnson and Levens each turned in six points in the first half, while Boardman pulled down eight rebounds. In the second half, the Huskies built their lead, taking a 46-36 edge when UW freshman Giuliana Mendiola, who led the Huskies with 15 points and seven rebounds, completed a layup with 9:27 to play. UW extended its lead to 58-44 with 4:33 left, holding ASU to one field goal in over 10 minutes. The Sun Devils charged back into the game with a 17-3 run that began when senior guard Natalie Tucker hit a three-pointer with 4:16 left to play. Carvalho's layup put the Sun Devils within three points, 62-59, with 41 seconds to play. Arizona State would get within three points two more times, but Washington drained 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Johnson led the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, including eight points over the final two minutes, while Carvalho turned in 12 points. Boardman added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Keeping 'Em Off the ScoreboardArizona State leads the Pac-10 Conference and is among the best in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 59.0 points per game so far this season. In the last four games, the Sun Devils' opponents have managed just 57.5 points per game, including just 51 by Oregon State Feb. 1.
ASU has held six opponents to 50 points or less this season including 47 by Cal on Jan. 6, while four of those teams have managed 45 points or less (with a season-low 39 by South Florida). ASU held then No. 2 Tennessee to just 67 points, 16.4 points short of the Lady Vols' season average of 83.4, while Arizona scored just 57 points, 23.8 points lower than their conference-leading 80.8 points per contest. Prior to ASU's 58-47 win at Cal, the last time ASU held a Pac-10 opponent under 50 points was in 1997-98 with a 69-49 win over Oregon State in Tempe, while 47 is the fewest points for a league opponent since defeating Oregon 79-42 in Tempe on Jan. 30, 1992. Prior to that, ASU had never held a Pac-10 opponent to less than 50 points on the road in the previous 14 years of conference play.
Taking Care of the BallArizona State is averaging a Pac-10 low 16.7 turnovers per game in 2000-01 which may not sound so good until you consider that the team had 20.5 turnovers per game last season. The Sun Devils turned in a season-low nine turnovers vs. La Salle and has had 16 or less giveaways in nine of the team's 21 games this year (including 13 each vs. Washington and Washington State). The Sun Devils have also won the turnover battle (having fewer turnovers than their opponents) in 17 of 21 games including a 24-21 advantage over then No. 2 Tennessee and a 20-11 edge at then No. 21/22 Stanford. Last year, the lowest turnover total for the team was 13 in their final game of the season in the WNIT vs. Colorado State.
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin, forcing 3.9 more turnovers than they commit per game. ASU is also tied for second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 0.85 (297 assists to 351 turnovers). Senior Natalie Tucker, who leads the team with an average of 3.5 assists per game (seventh in the Pac-10), is third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48).
Tough on the BoardsArizona State also leads the league in rebounding defense, allowing just 33.1 boards per game. Over the last three games, the Sun Devils have allowed their opponents just 27.7 rebounds per game including a season-low 21 by the Oregon Ducks Feb. 3. As a team, ASU averages 35.7 rebounds per contest, which is ninth in the league, but has won the battle of the boards in 12 of its 21 games and is 11-1 in those games. The team's only loss when outrebounding its opponent came against Washington earlier this season in Tempe. Washington came into the game leading the Pac-10 in rebounding but lost that battle to the Sun Devils 40-35.
First and Facts About This SeasonSo far this season, the Sun Devils have accomplished a number of things that the team has not done in at least seven years:
* ASU earned its first victory over Arizona in seven years, snapping a 14-game losing streak with its 67-57 win on Jan. 27, while the team's win over the No. 22/21 Ducks on Feb. 3 ended an 11-game skid vs. Oregon.
* The Sun Devils have upset a pair of ranked opponents this season which the team had not done in a single season since the 1991-92 NCAA Tournament-bound Sun Devils downed No. 17 Kansas and No. 21 Cal.
* With wins at UCLA and USC, Arizona State completed its first Pac-10 Conference road sweep since 1992-93 and notched its first sweep over the Los Angeles schools since the 1981-82 season and the first ever on the road.
* ASU's win at UCLA snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bruins and marked the team's first victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1991-92, while the Sun Devils' victory at Cal also marked the first for the team since that same season.
Bench ProductionArizona State's bench has averaged 19.0 points over the last six games, led by junior forward Cian Carvalho who has started the last three games. Carvalho has averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds over the last seven games including a career-high 16 points to lead the team at UCLA Jan. 18, the third consecutive game that she notched a career scoring best. Also providing sparks off the bench are sophomore guard Brett Leonard and junior guard Rainy Crisp. Leonard has averaged 6.3 points per game over the last six games (up from her season average of 3.7 ppg) with a career-high 12 on 4-of-7 shooting at UCLA and nine points vs. Oregon State, while Crisp has scored 5.5 points per game over the last four with seven points at USC Jan. 20, a career-best nine vs. Arizona Jan. 27 and six vs. Oregon Feb. 3.
Home-Court AdvantageWith a 9-3 home mark this year, the Sun Devils have turned in an 20-6 mark at home in the last two seasons including an 11-3 mark last year which ranked second on the ASU list for home victories in a season with the 11-1 mark of the 1981-82 team. Last year, the Sun Devils won their first eight home games of the season.
Notes From Beyond the ArcArizona State has knocked down 35.2 percent of its three-pointers (82-241), which ranks third in the conference. ASU's best performance from beyond the arc so far came last weekend when ASU knocked down 66.7 percent (6-9) of its attempts in its victory over Oregon. Junior Amanda Levens has met success on 40.9 percent of her attempts and is shooting better from three-point land than she is from the field (40.9 to 39.4 percent). Levens has a team-best 36 three-pointers on the season which is already eighth on ASU's single-season charts and is 20 shy of the school record (56) set by Crystal Cobb in 1990-91. The 5-9 junior ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage and sixth in three-pointers made (1.71 treys per game). Levens drained three treys of the team's eight treys in the team's wins at Hawaii and UCLA, which was one shy of the school single-game record of nine three-pointers made in a contest. Levens also knocked down a career-high 4-of-4 three-pointers in ASU's win over Washington State on Jan. 13 and was 3-of-5 in last weekend's win over Oregon.
Levens has drained at least one three-pointer in 17 games and more than one in 12 of those contests, while freshman Betsy Boardman has at least one trey in 14 games. Boardman is just out of the top 10 in Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage, draining 35.5 percent of her attempts (22-62) including a stellar 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc vs. Oregon.
Head Coach Charli Turner ThorneSince Charli Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have begun a steady climb back to the national prominence that the team enjoyed in the early 1990s. She has improved the team's wins total in each of her five seasons and guided ASU to five consecutive double-digit win seasons in as many years. In 1999-2000, Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to a 14-14 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the Pac-10 Conference, both of which marked the school's most victories since 1992-93, while the team has surpassed both of those marks so far in 2000-01. Turner Thorne's Sun Devils also earned the team's first postseason appearance in eight seasons, falling to Colorado State 66-54 in Fort Collins, Colo., in the first round of the 2000 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The Sun Devils' victory over Oregon on Feb. 3 marked the 100th win of head coach Charli Turner Thorne's coaching career and her 60th while at ASU. She has notched a 60-72 record in four-plus seasons at Arizona State and was 40-40 in her three seasons at Northern Arizona. With the team's win over Oregon, Turner Thorne has also led her Sun Devils to victories over every Pac-10 school in her four-plus seasons at ASU.
Notes From the Charity StripeSince shooting just 40.9 percent from the free throw line (9-22) in its season opener vs. Texas-San Antonio, ASU has shot 64.9 percent from the charity stripe since (326-502) ... The team turned in a season-high 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe at USC on Jan. 20 ... Junior Amanda Levens is shooting a team-best 81.0 percent from the free throw line (94-116) which is good for second in the Pac-10 ... UCLA's Michelle Greco leads the Pac-10 in that category at 88.5 percent but has attempted almost half as many free throws as Levens (54-61)... Levens' miss in the second half vs. Arizona ended a streak of 17 consecutive free throws (last three attempts vs. WSU, 4-4 at UCLA, 8-8 at USC, 2-3 vs. Arizona), while earlier this season, she had a streak of 16 consecutive free throws that ended in the Stanford game ... In the last 12 games, ASU has been to the free throw line 338 times (an average of 28.2 free throw attempts per game) and drained 64.2 percent of those attempts (217-338).
Super JuniorsAfter sitting out last season as Division I transfers, juniors Amanda Levens and Melody Johnson have made themselves right at home this season. The pair is 1-2 in scoring this season and has also been named all-tournament in both of ASU's tournaments this season (Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic and ASU Holiday Classic)
Levens, a 5-9 guard who transferred from Old Dominion University, is pacing the ASU squad at 14.5 points per game and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in that category. Levens has notched double figures in all but three of ASU's games this season. Johnson, a 6-2 guard from the University of Colorado, is second on the squad and seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.2 ppg and has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games and had nine points in each of the other two. Levens, who was the Jan. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week, has hit a team-best 36 three-pointers, while Johnson, who earned the first conference player-of-the-week award this year, leads the Sun Devils in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game which is good for fifth in the Pac-10.
Welcome AdditionsArizona State's top four scorers are making their debuts for the Sun Devils this season, led by junior Amanda Levens, a transfer from Old Dominion University who is averaging 14.5 points per game. Junior Melody Johnson, who transferred from the University of Colorado, is averaging 14.2 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds, honorable-mention high school All-American Betsy Boardman is averaging 10.9 points (17th in the Pac-10) and junior Cian Carvalho, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community is fourth on the team with 6.9 points per game and second with 5.0 rebounds per contest (which ranks 18th in the Pac-10). ASU's newcomers have been the leading scorers in each of ASU's 21 games this season, most recently with Carvalho scoring a career-high 16 points at UCLA (her first game as the team's lead, Levens turning in 15 points at USC and again vs. Arizona and Johnson scoring 14 vs. Oregon State and 20 vs. Oregon.
Three-Dot DataThree Sun Devils rank in the top 20 in the Pac-10 in scoring (Amanda Levens-sixth, Melody Johnson-seventh, Betsy Boardman-17th), while Johnson and Cian Carvalho are among the top 20 rebounders in the conference (Johnson-fifth, Carvalho-18th) ... With a 15-6 record so far this season, the Sun Devils have notched double figures in wins in each of the last four seasons, something the program had not accomplished since 1989-1993 ... Senior Natalie Tucker has started 77 consecutive games, every game of her three-year career at ASU ... Tucker leads the team in assists for the third straight season at 3.5 assists per game, while the senior guard has 314 career assists (4.1 per game) which ranks eighth on the ASU list ... she also ranks in ASU's top 10 for career three-pointers and free throw percentage ... ASU has overcome two half-time deficits for victories this season, both on the road (at Northern Arizona and at California) ... ASU is averaging 14.1 assists per game in 2000-01 with 12 of 13 players getting into the action ... ASU has held 12 teams to four three-pointers or less this season including three opponents with no treys.