Women's Hoops Returns to the Road, Traveling to Washington State and Washington
Feb. 4, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After taking sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with last weekend's sweep of Oregon and Oregon State, the Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road for the third time in four weeks, traveling to Washington State on Thursday night and to Washington on Saturday afternoon. Winners of their last two games and three of their last four, the Sun Devils are now 18-6 on the year and 9-4 in the Pac-10, which gives them a half-game advantage over Washington (9-4) and a one-game edge over USC and Oregon State (8-5) in the league standings. As the team heads to the Evergreen state, ASU will be looking to extend a nine-game winning streak over the Cougars and to snap a five-game losing streak in Seattle. The Sun Devils swept the Washington schools earlier this year in Tempe. A win at WSU would mark ASU's fifth straight season sweep over the Cougars and a win at UW would give ASU its first season sweep over the Huskies since 1995-96.
Washington State is 2-20 overall and 0-12 in the Pac-10 and has lost 17 straight games after being swept in Los Angeles last weekend, while Washington (13-8, 8-4) has won its last three games including a sweep at USC and UCLA last week.
ExposureASU's flagship station XTRA 910 AM will broadcast both games to the Valley of the Sun with Vince Marotta calling the action. The broadcast is also available via the ASU official athletics web site (www.thesundevils.com).
Road WarriorsAfter just one weekend at home, Arizona State hits the road again, this time traveling to Washington State and Washington. This weekend marks the Sun Devils' third trip in four weeks. Following this weekend, ASU will have played six of its last eight and eight of its last 12 games on the road (including its first four-game road stretch since 1994-95). The Sun Devils are 5-3 in road games this season, including a 3-3 Pac-10 mark. Last year, ASU finished the season with a 7-5 road record, including a 5-4 mark in Pac-10 play, which marked the most road wins since the 1992-93 squad turned in the same record.
Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith an 83-83 record at ASU, head coach Charli Turner Thorne has moved into sole possession of second place in all-time wins by a Sun Devil women's basketball coach. With her team's win over Oregon State last Saturday, she pulled her career record (123-123) and ASU mark (83-83) to .500. With ASU's victory over Arizona on Dec. 30, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year passed Maura McHugh who turned in a 75-65 record in her six seasons at the helm (1987-93). Juliene Simpson is the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history, notching a 134-92 record in eight seasons (1979-87).
Last Time OutSenior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 26 points, knocking down all four of her three-point attempts, to lead Arizona State to a 71-65 victory over Oregon State last Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State jumped out to a 6-0 lead to open the game and led the entire ball game. The Sun Devils went up 11-4 with 14:10 to play, but the Beavers closed the gap to 11-10 over the next minute. Arizona State, however, responded with a 16-2 run of its own to take a 27-12 lead with 8:01 to play. Levens drained three-pointers on three consecutive possessions during that run, including one from at least six feet beyond the arc. Oregon State closed to within nine points, but ASU scored six of the last eight points of the half to take a 39-26 halftime lead.
Levens had 15 points and four assists in the first half, knocking down 5-of-7 attempts from the field and all three of her three-point attempts.
In the second half, ASU went ahead by as many as 17 points with 7:47 to play, but Oregon State found its offense and used a 19-3 run to cut the lead to one when sophomore Leilani Estavan made a layup to make it 64-63 with 2:44 to play. Arizona State, however, scored seven of the last nine points of the game, including a pair of free throws from freshman Kylan Loney and three from Levens down the stretch, to earn the victory.
Levens turned in her 11th 20-point effort of the year with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including all four of her three-point attempts. The effort marked her first 20-point game since injuring her ankle six games ago. Senior Melody Johnson and sophomore Betsy Boardman had 13 and 11 points, respectively, and each grabbed six rebounds. Levens led the team with five assists, while senior Cian Carvalho grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Sun Devils on the boards.
For Oregon State, freshman Juleen Smith and Estavan each had 14 points, while the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Felicia Ragland, had just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting and one rebound. Sophomore Hollye Chapman led the team with seven rebounds.
As a team, Arizona State outrebounded the physical Beavers 41-30 and went to the free throw line 39 times (23-39) compared to just 14 by Oregon State (10-14).
The Battle of the BoardsThe Sun Devils have outrebounded 19 of their 24 opponents this year, including a 41-30 advantage over Oregon State last weekend. ASU holds a 16-3 record when outrebounding its opponents this year. ASU is averaging 37.8 rebounds per game compared to a Pac-10 low 32.9 for their opponents. ASU held both Rutgers and Oregon (Jan. 6) to a season-low 23 rebounds, while Cal had just 26 on Jan. 24.
ASU also led the Pac-10 in rebounding defense last year, holding its opponents to just 33.5 boards per contest.
Turning Up the DefenseAfter leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense last year (61.5 ppg), ASU has continued its stingy ways in 2001-02, pacing the league again at just 58.3 points allowed per game. The Pac-10's best defensive team, the Sun Devils rank in the top three in the league in six defensive categories this year, including scoring defense (1st), rebounding defense (1st), three-point defense (1st), scoring margin (3rd), turnover margin (3rd) and rebounding margin (3rd).
ASU has held six teams under 50 points, including a season-low 40 points on three occasions (Fordham-Dec. 1, Washington State-Jan. 12 and Cal-Jan. 24). The Sun Devils are 13-0 on the season when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
The Sun Devils set a school record by holding Chicago State to just nine points in the first half of its 83-43 victory Dec. 13, while Washington State had just 15 points in the first half in ASU's 68-40 win on Jan. 12.
Defending the ThreeThe Sun Devils continue to lead the league in three-point field goal defense, allowing their opponents to shoot just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc (63-214). Although they finished ninth in the category last year, ASU led the league in three-point defense in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
ASU has held its last 14 opponents to just 24.8 percent shooting from three-point range (38-153) and has kept 10 of its last 11 opponents under 30 percent from beyond the arc, including an 18.2 percent showing by Oregon on Jan. 31 (2-11).
Finding Their OffenseAfter struggling a bit offensively in the last three games, Arizona State found its offense last week in its sweep of Oregon and Oregon State. After scoring just 51.0 points per game in its previous three contests, the Sun Devils averaged 70.0 ppg last weekend. The Sun Devils also found their touch from beyond the arc, shooting 47.4 percent from three-point land in its two victories last week (9-19) compared to just 16.2 percent in its previous three games (6-37).
Levens Lighting Up the ScoreboardAfter scoring a game-high 26 points Saturday vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens is ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring at 18.2 points per game. Levens, already the winner of two Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors this season, has scored 20 points or more on 11 occasions this season, while her 26 points vs. Oregon State marked her first 20-point game since she had a game-high 20 points before leaving the Washington game on Jan. 10 with an ankle injury. She has led the team in scoring in 16 of 24 games this year. Levens was leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 20.2 points per game before spraining her ankle. She missed the first game of her career vs. Washington State on Jan. 12 and has been slowed by the injury, averaging just 9.5 points per game in her first five games back.
The transfer from Old Dominion University and 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection scored a career-high 30 points in ASU's season-opening win over St. Peter's, while at the Paradise Jam, Levens just missed tying her career high with 29 points in ASU's win over Kansas State. Leven's 30-point effort vs. St. Peter's marked the most points for a Sun Devil since Molly Tuter scored 32 in a 70-66 victory over Southern Utah on Nov. 8, 1997. In her short ASU career, Levens has turned in 18 20-point games, led ASU in scoring in 31 of 55 games and has had 18 efforts with 20 points or more. With 418 points this year, she needs just 62 to match the 470 she had all of last year, a total which was eighth on ASU's single-season scoring charts.
Loney Nearing Freshman Assists RecordTrue freshman point guard Kylan Loney needs just one more assist this season to tie the Arizona State school record for assists by a Sun Devil freshman. With 79 assists already this year, Loney should set the school record which is currently held by Jodi Rathbun who had 80 assists in her freshman year in 1982-83. Loney ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with 3.3 assists per game and has the fifth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league at 1.52. She is the highest ranked Pac-10 freshman in the category, while Cal's Kristin Iwanaga is the only other rookie in the top 10 (eighth).
Loney has started all 24 games this season and is second on the team in playing time with 27.1 minutes per game. Her 27.1 minutes played are the fourth-most by a freshman in the Pac-10 this season.
The Ames, Iowa, native has tied her career high for scoring with nine points in two of the last three games (at Stanford and vs. Oregon last week) and has averaged 7.0 points per game over her last seven games (49 points).
Assists by an ASU Freshman1. 80 Jodi Rathbun, 1982-832. 79 Kylan Loney, 2001-023. 71 Cassandra Lander, 1979-804. 70 Toya DeCree, 1981-825. 69 Leaf Newman, 1997-986. 68 Stephanie Freeman, 1997-987. 65 Karen O'Connor, 1987-888. 64 Lynda Englehart, 1978-799. 55 Sherry Poole, 1983-8410. 49 Patti Peppler, 1983-84
Soft TouchASU's senior frontcourt of Cian Carvalho, Leah Combs and Melody Johnson has combined to shoot 54.0 percent (94-174) over the last nine games. Johnson, ASU's career leader in field goal percentage at 56.2 percent (285-507), is shooting 63.5 percent in the last nine games (47-74), including an 8-of-12 showing vs. Oregon on Jan. 31 and a 4-of-5 outing vs. Oregon State on Feb. 2 . On the year, Johnson ranks second in the Pac-10 in the category, knocking down 55.1 percent of her attempts from the field (113-205), including a perfect 7-for-7 effort Dec. 13 at Chicago State and an 8-of-9 outing Jan. 6 at Oregon.
Combs is shooting 60.7 percent (17-28) over the last nine games and 50.6 percent on the year (40-79), while Carvalho has connected on 40.3 percent of her shots (29-72) in the last nine contests, including a 7-of-12 outing last week vs. Oregon. Carvalho and sophomore Jen Albert have also shown the ability to hit the three this season with Carvalho knocking down 38.2 percent of her attempts (13-34) from beyond the arc (46.2 percent in Pac-10 play) and Albert shooting 30 percent from three-point land on the year (3-10). Carvalho has had at least one three-pointer in nine games this year and two in four games, all in the Pac-10 season, including two treys in ASU's win over Oregon last week.
About Washington State & WashingtonWashington State comes into the weekend with a 2-20 overall mark and is still looking for its first Pac-10 win of the year with an 0-12 conference record. The Cougars have lost 17 straight games, including last week's sweep at the hands of UCLA and USC. Senior center Brittney Hawks leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding, nearly averaging a double-double with 13.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game (second in the Pac-10). Freshman guard Francine McCurtain, a Chinle, Ariz., native, is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg).
Washington is currently on a three-game winning streak that included a sweep at UCLA and USC last weekend. The Huskies, who will play host to Arizona on Thursday night, are 13-8 overall and 8-4 in league action, which puts them one-half game behind ASU in the conference standings. Junior guard Loree Payne leads three Huskies in double figures for scoring at 13.6 points per game. Sophomore forward Andrea Lalum is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg and is the club's top rebounder at 6.2 boards per game.
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 20-11 advantage in the series with Washington State and has won the last nine meetings with the Cougars, including a 68-40 win in Tempe on Jan. 12. Last year, ASU began and ended its school-record seven Pac-10-game winning streak with wins over Wazzu, earning an 83-70 victory in Tempe on Jan. 13 and eking out a 74-72 decision in Pullman on Feb. 8. A victory on Thursday night would give ASU its fifth straight season sweep in the series. The Cougars hold a slim 8-7 margin in games played in Pullman with WSU's last victory over the Sun Devils coming in Pullman during the 1996-97 season.
Washington leads the series with Arizona State 22-11 including a 13-3 advantage in Seattle. Earlier this year, ASU snapped a two-game losing streak to the Huskies with a 66-61 win at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 10, while the team has lost five straight in Seattle. The Sun Devils are looking for their first victory at Washington since coming up with an 81-77 decision on Feb. 3, 1996, a win which also gave ASU its last season sweep of the Huskies. An ASU win on Saturday would give ASU just its third ever season sweep over Washington and the first since 1995-96.
Washington ConnectionHead 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.
Close GamesWith the exception of Washington's 79-60 win in Seattle last year and ASU's 74-53 win in Tempe the previous year, four of the last six games between the two teams have been decided by a combined 14 points. Most recently, ASU pulled out a 66-61 win in Tempe this year on Jan. 10, while Washington took a 66-62 win at Wells Fargo Arena last year on Jan. 11, 2001.
Last Time vs. Washington StateSophomore Betsy Boardman scored a game-high 16 points to lead ASU to a 68-40 victory over Washington State Jan. 12 at Wells Fargo Arena. It marked the ninth straight win over the WSU Cougars for ASU, a streak dating back to the 1997-98 season.
Playing without their leading scorer, senior Amanda Levens, who missed the first game of her ASU career with a sprained ankle, the Sun Devils jumped ahead early, taking a 23-8 lead with 9:05 to play in the first half. Freshman guard Kylan Loney contributed seven of her career-high tying nine points in the first eight minutes of the ball game. WSU cut the lead to 10 with a three-pointer by freshman Francine McCurtain, a native of Chinle, Ariz., to make it 23-13 with 7:32 left in the half, but the Cougars did not score again until the last two seconds of the half, and ASU took a 33-15 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Washington State never got closer than 17 points, while Boardman scored nine of her 16 points in the final 20 minutes for the Sun Devils en route to the 68-40 victory.
Boardman led a balanced ASU scoring attack with 16, while senior Cian Carvalho, who was limited to just 19 minutes because of the flu, had 11 points. Three other Sun Devils - senior Melody Johnson, Loney and freshman Carrie Buckner - each turned in nine points, while Loney also had a career-high four steals.
In her first career start, senior Rainy Crisp turned in five assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Buckner led the Sun Devils with seven rebounds and added three steals.
For Washington State, three Cougars scored in double figures led by sophomore Candace Field who had 12 points. Senior Brittney Hawks had 11 points and eight rebounds, while McCurtain finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Last Time vs. WashingtonSenior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 20 points as the Sun Devils downed Washington 66-61 Jan. 10 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State jumped ahead early, taking a 13-6 lead with 13:52 to play in the half. The Sun Devils quickly pushed their lead into double digits on a pair of three-pointers by Levens and led by as many as 12 points en route to a 35-24 halftime advantage.
ASU outshot the Huskies 50 to 38.5 percent and outrebounded them 20-11 in the first 20 minutes, while Levens had 14 of her 20 points and knocked down 4-of-6 looks from three-point land in the first half.
Washington stormed back in the second half, forcing three Arizona State turnovers and scoring the first eight points of the half. UW freshman Kristen O'Neill hit a pair of three-pointers and junior Cheryl Sorenson knocked down a bucket by to cut the lead to three points, 35-32, with 17:41 to play. ASU then went on a 13-5 run to restore its 11-point lead when sophomore Betsy Boardman knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to make it 48-37 with 13:21 to play,
The Huskies made one more run in the game to get within three points twice more when junior Kellie O'Neill converted a pair of free throws to make it 61-58 with 3:02 left in the game and sophomore Giuliana Mendiola hit a three-pointer to make it 64-61 with 58 seconds remaining. ASU, however, knocked down 5-of-7 free throw attempts over the final three minutes of the game to hold onto the 66-61 victory.
Levens turned in her 10th 20-point effort of the season with 20 points. Levens also led the Sun Devils with five assists and contributed four rebounds and two steals before leaving the game with an ankle sprain. ASU senior Melody Johnson turned in 14 points, while senior Cian Carvalho led the game with nine rebounds.
For Washington, freshman Kayla Burt led the team with 15 points, knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from the field and all seven of her free throws, while Kristen O'Neill chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting which included a pair of three-pointers.
In the PollsArizona State dropped out of the national polls two weeks ago after returning at 23rd in the Jan. 14 Associated Press poll following a seven-week hiatus. ASU was ranked in the first three polls of the year, climbing as high as 21st, but dropped out after back-to-back losses in November. The Sun Devils are receiving votes in both polls (26th-AP, 36th-USA Today/ESPN Coaches). Neither Washington nor Washington State is ranked.
Joining the 1,000-Point ClubSeniors Amanda Levens and Melody Johnson have each surpassed the 1,000-point mark for their careers this season. Levens, who came to ASU after two seasons at Old Dominion, has scored 1,189 points in her career (302 points at ODU, 887 at ASU), while Johnson has now scored 1,185 points in her career. Johnson had 440 points in her two seasons at Colorado and has 743 so far at ASU, while the Colorado Springs, Colo., native has also topped the 500-board mark and has 568 career rebounds (199 at Colorado, 369 so far at ASU).
The pair also has a shot at becoming the 13th and 14th Sun Devils to join ASU's 1000-point club and the first since Olivia Jones (1980-83) to do it in just two seasons. Levens needs 113 more points, while Johnson needs 247 to accomplish that feat.
Amanda From Beyond the ArcAfter a perfect 4-of-4 night last week vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens has knocked down a team-best 44 treys and is shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc (44-113) on the year, which ranks sixth in the league. Levens has had at least one three-pointer in all but four games this year and all but eight games in her Sun Devil career. She has also had more than one three-pointer in 12 games this year, including a career-best 6-of-9 performance in ASU's win over Kansas Dec. 5 and a 4-of-4 effort Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State. Against the Beavers, Levens knocked down three treys on three consecutive possessions and four in the game, two that were at least six feet beyond the arc.
Already ASU's single-season leader with 60 treys last year, Levens has moved into third place on ASU's career list with 104 three-pointers in her career. With her three-pointer in the first half vs. Oregon on Jan. 31, Levens became just the third Sun Devil in school history to hit 100 treys in her career. Levens needs 12 three-pointers to tie with Molly Tuter (1994-97) for second all time at 116, while Crystal Cobb (1989-94) holds the ASU school record with 134 three-pointers in her career.
SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTERS MADE1. 60 Amanda Levens, 2000-012. 56 Crystal Cobb, 1990-913. 52 Ryneldi Becenti, 1992-934. 49 Crystal Cobb, 1991-925. 47 Molly Tuter, 1996-976. 44 Amanda Levens, 2001-02 44 Stephanie Freeman, 1997-988. 38 Ryneldi Becenti, 1991-92 38 Molly Tuter, 1995-9610. 36 Betsy Boardman, 2000-01
Double TroubleSenior Melody Johnson turned in her third double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds Jan. 19 at USC. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native and 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has eight double-doubles in her short ASU career, including 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Arizona Dec. 30. She turned in her first double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Richmond Nov. 26 to earn Paradise Jam MVP honors.
Kicking It Up a NotchPortland, Ore., native Betsy Boardman has kicked it up a notch in Pac-10 play, averaging 11.2 points per game, up from her overall scoring average of 8.9 ppg. She is also shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from beyond the arc in league action. While she does not rank in the overall Pac-10 statistics, Boardman is 18th in scoring and fourth in three-point percentage in the statistics for conference games.
A Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last year, Boardman has scored in double figures in nine of the last 13 games, including a season-high 17 points at Oregon on Jan. 6 and a game-high 15 vs. at Stanford on Jan. 26. After shooting just 24 percent from three-point land in the first 11 games of the year, Boardman has shot 43.2 percent from beyond the arc in the last 13 (19-44).
Notes from the Charity StripeAfter shooting just 52.4 percent from the free throw line (33-63) in its previous three games, including a season-low 50 percent at USC on Jan. 19, the Sun Devils have knocked down 65.6 percent of their free throws in the last four games (59-90) ... while the Sun Devils have gotten to the free throw line 617 times this year (25.7 times per game and 142 more times than any other Pac-10 school), the team has knocked down just 62.9 percent of its attempts (388-617) ...ASU has shot below 60 percent from the line 10 times this year, including a season-low 50 percent at USC on Jan. 19 (9-18) ... with a miss in the second half at Cal on Jan. 24, senior Amanda Levens snapped a streak of 16 consecutive free throws and then ended a streak of 12 straight last weekend vs. Oregon State (last 2 at Cal, 4-of-4 at Stanford, 4-of-4 vs. Oregon, first 2 vs. OSU)... Levens is shooting 84.4 percent from the charity stripe in her last eight games (38-45) ... last year, she turned in streaks of 16 and 17 consecutive free throws made ... Levens has already been to the free throw line 165 times this year and has knocked down 78.8 percent of her attempts, which ranks eighth in the Pac-10 (130-165) ... Last year, Levens set school single-season marks for free throws (146) and was second in attempts (183) and is on pace to eclipse those marks this year ...so far this year, she is already second on single-season charts with 130 free throws and tied for fourth with 165 free throw attempts.
Dishing It OutASU's starting backcourt of senior Amanda Levens and true freshman Kylan Loney is averaging 7.7 assists per game so far this season, the most since Natalie Tucker and Kitch Kitchen averaged 8.4 assists as the second-best tandem in the Pac-10 in 1998-99. At 4.6 assists per game, Levens ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in the category. She has led the team in the category in 13 of her last 15 games, including a career-high nine assists at Oregon State on Jan. 4 and 11 in ASU's sweep over the Oregon schools last weekend, while Loney is averaging 3.3 per game, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10. Loney is fifth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ration at 1.52, while Levens is sixth at 1.41.
Levens Repeats as Pac-10 Player of the WeekSenior guard Amanda Levens was named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week on two consecutive weeks (Dec. 10 and 17) after leading ASU to four straight victories. She became the first Sun Devil to ever earn back-to-back selections and the first to earn two conference player-of-the-week honors in a season since Ryneldi Becenti in 1992-93. The Player-of-the-Week honors were the second and third of Levens' career and the 19th and 20th all-time selections for ASU.
- Four Sun Devils are scoring in double figures in Pac-10 play, led by senior Amanda Levens who is averaging 16.7 ppg in Pac-10 play and senior Melody Johnson who is averaging 11.7 points per game in conference action.
- ASU averaged 16.5 assists per game last weekend in its sweep of the Oregon schools.
- All 10 Sun Devils who saw action on Saturday vs. Oregon State scored at least one point, marking the third time this season that has happened (Delaware State & Chicago State were the others).
- Senior Amanda Levens is one of 30 players to watch for the Senior CLASS award, which will be presented to the top senior in the country by the Kansas City Club.
- Levens' 4-for-4 three-point effort last week against Oregon State marked the second time in her career that she had gone 4-for-4 from beyond the arc with the first coming last year in an 83-70 victory over Washington State on Jan. 31, 2001 in Tempe.
- ASU had alternated a win with a loss in its last five games until Saturday's win vs. Oregon State which marked the team's first back-to-back victories since winning four straight at the beginning of January.
- ASU is 12-0 on the year when outshooting its opponents.
- Third-ranked Stanford scored just 62 points against the Sun Devil defense on Jan. 26, down 19.4 points from the Cardinal's season average of 81.4 points per game.
- Seven Sun Devils have nabbed at least 20 steals so far this season, led by sophomore Betsy Boardman who has 32.
- The Sun Devils have turned in their top two shooting performances of the season on the road, shooting 57.4 percent (27-47) at Oregon on Jan. 6 and 58.3 percent (28-48) at UCLA on Jan. 17.
- Senior Rainy Crisp, who made her first career start vs. Washington State on Jan. 12, has the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team this year, dishing out 53 assists to just 21 turnovers on the season (2.5).
- The Sun Devil rotation includes 11 players this year with eight averaging at least 10 minutes per game, and sophomore Jen Albert and freshman Lauren Stagg just shy of the 10-minute mark at 9.7 and 8.5 minutes per game, respectively. Senior Amanda Levens is leading the team in minutes played at 28.9 per game, while true freshman point guard Kylan Loney is second at 27.1 minutes per game, which is fourth among Pac-10 freshmen.
- The Sun Devils have already defeated both Oregon and Washington this season, marking the first time since 1992-93 that ASU has downed both schools in a single season. That year, ASU swept both meetings with both schools. ASU's 86-72 victory at Oregon's McArthur Court on Jan. 6 snapped an eight-game road losing streak against the Ducks and was the first for ASU since the 1992-93 season.
- ASU's win over Oregon on Jan. 31 marked the team's second ever season sweep of the Ducks with the other coming in the 1992-93 season.
- The Sun Devils' 87-point effort vs. Arizona on Dec. 30 marked the most for the Sun Devils since the team scored 96 in a 96-52 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 5, 1998, a span of 96 games.
- ASU's bench has averaged 17.5 points per game this season (421 points), including a season-high 27 points at Chicago State on Dec. 13. ASU's bench has had 20 or more points in six games this year, including 23 vs. Washington State on Jan. 12. The Sun Devils are 13-2 on the year when outscoring their opponents' bench.
- ASU emerged from the non-conference slate with nine victories for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
- ASU's crowd of 2,419 at the Stanford game on Dec. 23 was the largest home crowd of the year for the Sun Devils. ASU has averaged 1,554 fans per home game so far in the Pac-10 season.
ASU Picked Second, Fourth in Preseason Pac-10 PollsArizona State has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference by the media (with a pair of first-place votes) and fourth by the league's coaches. Last year, ASU was tabbed fifth by the coaches and sixth by the media in their preseason polls but surpassed all outside expectations by finishing in a tie for first with Stanford and Washington for ASU's first ever Pac-10 basketball title.
Recruiting ClassArizona State's recruiting class for the 2002-03 season is ranked 24th in the nation by Blue Star. Here's a list of the six players that ASU signed in the early period:
Name Ht. Pos. Hometown/SchoolAmy Denson 6-1 F Central Point, Ore./Crater HSKristen Kovesdy 6-3 F Scottsdale, Ariz./St. Mary's HSJill Noe 5-10 G Tualatin, Ore./Wilsonville HSYoVanna Rosenthal 5-7 G Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird HSJenny Thigpin 6-3 F Hanford, Calif./Hanford HSIman Young 5-9 G San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa CC
Pac-10 Postseason TournamentA new era starts as the Pac-10 begins its first annual Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4, 2002, at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon. The league's Directors of Athletics and the Pac-10 Council approved the postseason tournament last fall. The Pac-10 postseason tournament will be a 10-team event which will be hosted by one of the Pac-10 members on its campus each year. A total of nine games will be played with the champion earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
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. That climb culminated in 2000-01 when Turner Thorne's Sun Devils captured ASU's first Pac-10 Championship, an NCAA berth, a return to the national rankings and the team's first 20-win season in nine years. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District 8 Regional Coach of the Year 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 1999-00, 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. Turner Thorne's team also earned the team's first postseason appearance in eight seasons, falling at Colorado State in the first round of the 2000 WNIT.
Pac-10 Conference HonoreesThe Sun Devils return a trio of all-conference performers from one season ago, including senior center Melody Johnson and senior guard Amanda Levens who were named to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team, marking the first time in school history that ASU has had two players earn first-team accolades. Arizona was the only other school to have two first-team selections last year. Freshman guard/forward Betsy Boardman was named to the five-player Freshman All-Pac-10 squad, marking the third consecutive season that the Sun Devils have had a player named to the all-rookie team. In addition, three Sun Devils earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors with junior Leah Combs becoming ASU's first first-team selection since 1990.
Head coach Charli Turner Thorne was named the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year as selected by the league's coaches, ASU's first such honor, and was one of eight finalists for the 2001 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year Award. As a finalist, Turner Thorne earned the distinction of WBCA District 8 Coach of the Year as selected by WBCA member coaches from that geographical region.
Not Shying Away From AnyoneSo far this season, ASU has faced six coaches ranked among the 25 all-time winningest coaches in NCAA women's basketball history in a total of seven games and come up with wins in five of the games: Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (18th), Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (17th), Northern Illinois' Carol Hammerle (22nd), Kansas' Marian Washington (16th), Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer (3rd) and Mike Granelli of St. Peter's (10th). ASU has played teams coached by 12 of the top 25 coaches over the last five seasons, while in the past three seasons alone, ASU has played all five of the NCAA's winningest coaches.