Women's Hoops Ends Regular Season at Arizona on Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 18, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off last weekend's sweep of USC and UCLA, the Arizona State Sun Devils wrap up the regular season this weekend, traveling to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Winners of their last two games and five of their last six, the Sun Devils climbed back into second place in the Pac-10 and are now 21-7 on the year and 12-5 conference play, a half game ahead of Washington in the league standings. With 21 wins so far this year, ASU has surpassed its wins total from last year, turned in the team's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83 and notched the most victories in a season since 1982-83. As the team heads to Tucson this weekend, ASU looks to extend a three-game winning streak over the Wildcats and notch its second straight season sweep. Arizona is 13-13 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10 (seventh in the league standings) following a split with UCLA (win) and USC (loss) last weekend.
Following this weekend's trip to Tucson, the Sun Devils head to the inaugural Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 1-4 at Oregon's McArthur Court in Eugene. Seeding for the tournament will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 24 following the conclusion of all of the Pac-10 regular-season contests.
ExposureASU's flagship station XTRA 910 AM will broadcast the Arizona game 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).
Fox Sports Net will also televise the Arizona game to a live national cable audience as its Pac-10 wildcard selection. The broadcast marks the fourth television game of the year for the Sun Devils who are 2-1 when playing on live television this season.
20 and Beyond...ASU's sweep of USC and UCLA last weekend marked the 20th and 21st wins of the season for the Sun Devils, surpassing the team's victories total from last year and marking the Sun Devils' most wins since 1982-83. The wins also gave ASU its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since going 25-7 in 1981-82 followed by 23-7 in 1982-83.
Last season, ASU posted a 20-11 mark, which marked the team's most wins since going 23-7 in 1982-83. The school record for wins in a season is 25 put up by the 1981-82 NCAA Sweet Sixteen squad which went 25-7 on the year. ASU has surpassed its wins total from the previous year in each of the last six seasons.
Road WarriorsWith their trip to Tucson this weekend, the Sun Devils wrap up a grueling stretch that has seen the team play seven of its last 11 games on the road. Two weeks ago, ASU finished a stretch that saw the team hit the road for six of eight games, including its first consecutive four-game road trip since 1994-95. The Sun Devils are 6-4 in road games this season, including a 4-4 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 86-84 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 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 had 13 points and tied a career high with nine assists to lead Arizona State to a 64-42 victory over UCLA on Senior Day last Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State took an early lead in the ball game and never looked back. The Sun Devils extended their lead to double digits late in the first half and led by as many as 14 points with 1:17 to play en route to a 30-18 halftime advantage. Levens had nine points and three assists in the first half, while sophomore Jen Albert came off the bench to knock down a pair of three-pointers and block a shot.
In the second half, UCLA made a small run, cutting the lead to 10 points on two occasions, the second when sophomore Gennifer Arranaga knocked down a jumper to make it 38-28 with 12:31 to play. Arizona State, however, answered with an 11-0 run to go up by 21 points to make it 49-28 with 7:56 left. The Bruins never got closer than 17 points as the Sun Devils notched their 21st victory of the season.
Levens led the team with 13 points and tied career high with nine assists and four steals. She also tied sophomore Betsy Boardman for the team lead with five rebounds. Boardman added nine points, while Albert and senior Melody Johnson each had scored eight, Albert on 3-of-4 shooting. Albert also finished with a career-high two blocks and tied her career best with four rebounds.
For UCLA, junior Jalina Bradley paced the Bruins with eight points, while senior Shalada Allen had 10 rebounds.
Home-Court AdvantageWith a 13-2 home mark this year, the Sun Devils have set the school mark for home wins in a season. ASU has turned in a 35-8 record at home in the last three seasons and won 12 home games in each of the previous two seasons. The Sun Devils closed out this season by winning their last eight games at Wells Fargo Arena and turning in an 8-1 Pac-10 home mark this year.
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 58.1 points allowed per game, including 42 points by UCLA last week. 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), turnover margin (2nd), scoring margin (2nd) and rebounding margin (3rd).
ASU has held seven 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 15-0 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.
The Battle of the BoardsThe Sun Devils have outrebounded 23 of their 28 opponents this year, including last week's 34-24 advantage over USC, the Pac-10's second-best rebounding club. In the last five games, ASU has averaged 40.0 rebounds and outrebounded its opponents by an average of 8.6 boards per contest. ASU holds a 19-4 record when outrebounding its opponents this year. The Sun Devils are averaging 38.1 rebounds per game compared to a Pac-10 low 32.7 for their opponents and held both Rutgers and Oregon (Jan. 6) to a season-low 23 rebounds.
ASU also led the Pac-10 in rebounding defense last year, holding its opponents to just 33.5 boards per contest.
Defending the ThreeThe Sun Devils continue to lead the league in three-point field goal defense, allowing their opponents to shoot just 29.8 percent from beyond the arc (75-252), including a 1-of-9 effort (.111) by UCLA last week. 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 18 opponents to just 26.2 percent shooting from three-point range (50-191) and has kept 11 of its last 15 opponents under 30 percent from beyond the arc.
Levens Lighting Up the ScoreboardAfter scoring a game-high 26 points Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens is ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 17.1 points per game. Already the winner of two Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors this season, Levens 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 a high ankle injury. She has led the team in scoring in 17 of 28 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. WSU on Jan. 12 and has been slowed by the injury ever since, averaging just 11.8 points per game in her last 10 games (118 points).
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 32 of 59 games and has had 18 efforts with 20 points or more. With 461 points this year, she needs just nine to match the 470 she had all of last year, a total which was eighth on ASU's season scoring charts.
Soft TouchSenior Melody Johnson continues to sit atop the Arizona State career charts for field goal percentage, knocking down 56.2 percent of her career attempts (310-552). This year, she is shooting 55.2 percent (138-250), which ranks second in the Pac-10, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort Dec. 13 at Chicago State, an 8-of-9 outing Jan. 6 at Oregon and a 10-of-14 showing last week vs. USC. In Pac-10 play, she is also second in the league statistics at 55.8 percent (87-156).
Loney Sets ASU Freshman Assists RecordWith 90 assists already this year, true freshman point guard Kylan Loney has set the ASU school record for assists by a Sun Devil freshman. Loney overtook Jodi Rathbun who had 80 assists in her freshman year in 1982-83. Loney ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.2 assists per game and has the fifth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league at 1.43. 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 (seventh).
Loney has started all 28 games this season and is second on the team in playing time with 27.5 minutes per game. Her minutes played are the fourth-most by a freshman in the Pac-10 this season. The Ames, Iowa, native scored a career-best 10 points Feb. 7 at Washington State and has averaged 5.9 points per game over her last 11 games (65 points).
Assists by an ASU Freshman1. 90 Kylan Loney, 2001-022. 80 Jodi Rathbun, 1982-833. 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
Double TroubleSenior Melody Johnson notched back-to-back double-doubles two weeks ago in Washington, the first back-to-back efforts of her career and her fourth and fifth double-doubles of the season. She had 13 points and 10 rebounds at Washington State on Feb. 7 and followed that up with 13 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds at Washington on Feb. 9. In her last six games, Johnson has averaged 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest, including a season-high 21 points last week vs. USC, up from her season averages of 12.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
The Colorado Springs, Colo., native and 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has nine double-doubles in her short ASU career. Her first double-double this year came with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Richmond Nov. 26 to earn Paradise Jam MVP honors.
About ArizonaArizona comes into this weekend's regular-season finale with a 13-13 overall mark and a 9-8 Pac-10 record, which puts them in seventh place in the league standings. The Wildcats had won two straight games before falling to USC last weekend. Three Wildcats are averaging in double figures for scoring led by senior Elizabeth Pickney at 16.8 points per game (fifth in the Pac-10). Pickney also leads the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 8.1 boards per game. As a team, Arizona leads the league in free throw shooting (.742) and ranks second in scoring (74.8), field-goal percentage (.434) and three-point shooting (.369).
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 32-21 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona, including a 14-9 advantage in games played in Tucson. The Sun Devils have won three straight games vs. the Wildcats, which marks the team's longest winning streak in the series since the Sun Devils took four straight from the Wildcats over the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. Earlier this year, ASU turned in an 87-64 victory over Arizona Dec. 30 in Tempe, giving ASU its biggest win in the series since turning in a 29-point 83-54 victory in 1980-81.
Last season, ASU snapped a 14-game skid to the Wildcats with a 67-57 victory in Tempe on Jan. 27 followed by a 70-67 overtime victory in Tucson on Feb. 24. Last year's two wins gave ASU its first series sweep of Arizona since 1992-93 and its first victory in Tucson in eight tries.
The series with Arizona is the longest for the Sun Devils and dates back to the 1975-76 season, the first year of varsity women's basketball at Arizona State. While the Wildcats have gotten the best of the series in recent years, the Sun Devils dominated it in the early games, winning 18 of the first 20 meetings which included a streak of 16 games that encompassed eight full seasons (1978-79 to 1985-86).
Offense vs. DefenseSaturday's intrastate rivalry game will provide an interesting matchup as Arizona ranks second in the league in scoring (74.8) and three-point percentage (36.9), while Arizona State, the Pac-10's best defensive team, paces the Pac-10 in scoring defense (58.1) and three-point defense (29.8).
Last Time vs. ArizonaSenior Amanda Levens scored 23 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Sun Devils to an 87-64 win over Arizona Dec. 30 at Wells Fargo Arena.
After Arizona jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, Arizona State pulled ahead with a 9-0 run, which included five points from Levens, to take a 14-7 lead with 10:25 to play and never trailed again in the game. The Wildcats cut ASU's lead to one point on three occasions, but ASU went on another 9-0 run midway through the first half to go ahead 28-18 with 6:19 to play. Levens had 12 points in the first half to lead ASU to a 41-30 halftime advantage.
In the second half, ASU scored the first two buckets to go up by 15 points (45-30). Arizona got within 10 points, using an 11-2 run to cut ASU's lead to 62-52 with 9:04 to play, but ASU sophomore Betsy Boardman drained a three-pointer on the Sun Devils' next possession to quell the Wildcat rally. ASU led by as many as 26 points in the game en route to the 87-64 victory.
Four Sun Devils scored in double figures for the second time this year, led by Levens who had 23 points in her eighth 20-point performance of the year. Senior Cian Carvalho and Boardman each turned in season highs in scoring with 15 points and 14 points, respectively, while senior Melody Johnson registered her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
ASU's 87 points were a season high for the team, while the Sun Devils also turned in strong shooting efforts, knocking down 54.5 percent of their three-point attempts (6-11) and 79.3 percent of their free throws (23-29).
For Arizona, freshman Dee-Dee Wheeler led the team with 17 points and five assists, while junior Krista Warren chipped in with 14 points. Senior Elizabeth Pickney just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
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 1,233 points in her career (302 points at ODU, 931 at ASU), while Johnson has now scored 1,248 points in her career. Johnson had 440 points in her two seasons at Colorado and has 798 so far at ASU, while the Colorado Springs, Colo., native has also topped the 500-board mark and has 600 career rebounds (199 at Colorado, 401 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 69 more points, while Johnson needs 202 to accomplish that feat.
Amanda From Beyond the ArcAfter a perfect 4-of-4 night Feb. 2 vs. Oregon State, senior guard Amanda Levens has knocked down a team-best 48 treys and is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc (48-128) on the year, which ranks seventh in the league. Levens has had at least one three-pointer in all but five games this year and all but nine games in her Sun Devil career. She has also had more than one three-pointer in 13 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 108 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 eight 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. 48 Amanda Levens, 2001-026. 47 Molly Tuter, 1996-977. 44 Stephanie Freeman, 1997-988. 38 Ryneldi Becenti, 1991-92 38 Molly Tuter, 1995-9610. 36 Betsy Boardman, 2000-01
In the PollsArizona State dropped out of the national polls five 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, 40th-USA Today/ESPN Coaches). Arizona is not ranked.
Kicking It Up a NotchPortland, Ore., native Betsy Boardman has kicked it up a notch in Pac-10 play, averaging 11.3 points per game, up from her overall scoring average of 9.3 ppg. She is also shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in league action. While she does not rank in the overall Pac-10 statistics, Boardman is 16th in scoring and fifth 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 five of her last seven games and 12 of 17 Pac-10 contests, 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 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in the last 16 (24-59).
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 66.1 percent of their free throws in the last eight games (111-168) ... while the Sun Devils have gotten to the free throw line 695 times this year (24.8 times per game and 140 more times than any other Pac-10 school), the team has knocked down just 63.3 percent of its attempts (440-695) ...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) ... last year, she turned in streaks of 16 and 17 consecutive free throws made ... Levens is shooting 79.0 percent from the charity stripe in her last 12 games (49-62) ... Levens has already been to the free throw line 182 times this year and has knocked down 77.5 percent of her attempts (141-182) ... 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 season charts with 141 free throws and third with 182 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 16 of her last 18 games, including a career-high nine assists at Oregon State on Jan. 4 and again last week vs. UCLA, while Loney is averaging 3.2 per game, which ranks 10th in the Pac-10. Loney is fifth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ration at 1.43, while Levens is sixth at 1.39.
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 15.2 ppg in Pac-10 play and senior Melody Johnson who is averaging 12.2 points per game in conference action.
- The Sun Devils averaged 20.0 assists per game last weekend, tying a season high with 21 in a Feb. 16 win over UCLA.
- ASU is 15-0 on the year when outshooting its opponents.
- Senior Amanda Levens is averaging 4.8 assists per Pac-10 game, including a career-high tying nine last weekend vs. UCLA. She needs just four assists to enter the ASU single-season chart and is already ninth in career assists (220).
- Seven Sun Devils have nabbed at least 22 steals so far this season, led by sophomore Betsy Boardman who has 44.
- The Sun Devils had 13 steals last week vs. UCLA with eight players getting into the action, including a career-high-tying four by senior Amanda Levens.
- 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 58 assists to just 24 turnovers on the season (2.4).
- The Sun Devil rotation includes 11 players this year with nine averaging at least 10 minutes per game, and sophomore Jen Albert and freshman Lauren Stagg just shy of the 10-minute mark at 9.9 and 8.6 minutes per game, respectively. Senior Amanda Levens is leading the team in minutes played at 28.7 per game, while true freshman point guard Kylan Loney is second at 27.5 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.
- ASU's bench has averaged 16.9 points per game this season (472 points), including a season-high 27 points at Chicago State on Dec. 13 and 23 in last week's win over UCLA. ASU's bench has had 20 or more points in seven games this year. The Sun Devils are 14-2 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.