Women's Basketball Moves Game Times for 6 p.m.

Aug. 21, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne has decided to move the majority of her team's home games to 6 p.m. for the 2002-03 season.

The back-to-back Pac-10 champions are moving their games from the traditional start of 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in an effort to accommodate their fans' schedules.

'So many of our great Sun Devil fans are families with children, senior citizens and people coming straight from work on and off campus, so we wanted to do something to make it easier for our fans to attend our games,' Turner Thorne said. 'Being a mother myself, I know how hard it can be to juggle everything and that getting home an hour earlier can make it easier to support the Sun Devils as well as do everything you need to do to take care of your family. I am really looking forward to the change.'

The 2002 Pac-10 Tournament champions have 16 home dates scheduled for the 2002-03 season beginning with the season opener vs. Chicago State on Friday, Nov. 22. That game will start at approximately 8 p.m., 30 minutes after the conclusion of the ASU men's basketball season opener vs. Morehead State.

After the season opener, all of ASU's home games, weeknights and weekends, will tip off at 6 p.m., with some game times subject to change due to television. Times for the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II on Dec. 7, featuring ASU vs. Notre Dame and Purdue vs. Vanderbilt, are still to be determined due to television schedules. Another exception is ASU's regular-season finale vs. Stanford, a rematch of last year's Pac-10 Tournament Championship game, which will be played at 2 p.m. Mountain Time at Wells Fargo Arena.

'We know that ASU women's basketball games are already one of the most affordable sporting events in the Valley, and now we are making it even easier to attend our games,' Turner Thorne said. 'We have put together a great home schedule featuring some of the best teams in women's college basketball and hope to see our fans at Wells Fargo Arena each week.'

Season tickets for Arizona State women's basketball start as low as $100 for reserved seats, while single-game tickets are $8 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000, while single-game tickets are available at 480-965-2381.

Arizona State returns two starters and six letterwinners from its 2002 Pac-10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament squad which tied the school record for wins with a 25-9 record. In addition, the Sun Devils gain the services of six new players (one junior college transfer and five freshmen), a recruiting class which was ranked 24th in the country.

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