Women's Hoops Travels to USC, UCLA
Feb. 11, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Following last weekend's sweep of the Washington schools, including a 62-56 upset of then No. 20/24 Washington, the Arizona State Sun Devils (14-8 overall, 6-7 Pac-10) return to the road this week, traveling to USC on Friday night and UCLA on Sunday afternoon. This weekend's games in Los Angeles begins a stretch of three straight road games and are part of a streak of five of seven on the road for the Sun Devils, who do not return to the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena until Feb. 27. Arizona State is looking for its second Pac-10 road win of the year and to improve upon a 1-5 road record in league play. The Sun Devils are also looking to avenge home losses to USC and UCLA earlier this season, games ASU lost by a combined seven points. A win on Friday night at USC would give ASU its third straight Pac-10 win, which would be the team's longest winning streak in league play this year, while a victory on Saturday night would mark ASU's third straight win at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
USC brings an 11-12 overall record and a 6-6 Pac-10 mark, including last week's 72-68 victory over crosstown rival UCLA. The Women of Troy have won their last two games and five of their last six. UCLA is 12-9 overall and 7-5 in the league and will play host to Arizona on Friday night before taking on the Sun Devils on Sunday afternoon. After winning their first six Pac-10 games of the year, the Bruins have dropped five of their last six including a loss to the Women of Troy last weekend.
In the SeriesUSC leads the series with the Sun Devils 42-8, including a 21-3 advantage in games played in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils have won three of the last five games in the series and five of the last eight, although the Women of Troy earned a 58-53 win in the first meeting this year at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 18. In 2000-01, ASU earned its first ever season sweep of the Women of Troy, while last year, the teams split the two meetings with USC earning a 68-49 victory on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles and ASU getting a 67-60 win on Feb. 14 in Tempe. The two teams have split the last four games in Los Angeles with ASU's last victory coming with a 66-59 win on Jan. 20, 2001.
UCLA holds a 36-13 advantage in the series with the Sun Devils. The Bruins hold a 18-5 edge in games played at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, but the Sun Devils have won the last two games in Westwood, their first ever back-to-back wins at Pauley. ASU has gotten the better of the overall series recently, winning the four of the last five games, but the Bruins earned a 60-58 victory at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 16 to snap ASU's four-game winning streak which was the Sun Devils' longest all time vs. the Bruins. Last year, ASU swept the series for the second consecutive season with a 70-57 win at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 17 and a 64-42 victory in Tempe on Feb. 16.
Southern California ConnectionHead coach Charli Turner Thorne was a graduate assistant at the University of Washington for current USC 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. Gobrecht left UW following the 1995-96 season and spent a year at Florida State before returning to the Pac-10 to go to USC. Turner Thorne is also a native of southern California, graduating from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif., in 1984.
Home-Court AdvantageArizona State's losses to UCLA and USC on Jan. 16 and 18 snapped a 10-game Pac-10 home winning streak for the Sun Devils and marked the team's first Pac-10 home losses since ASU fell to then sixth-ranked Stanford 75-66 on Dec. 21, 2001. ASU has won 18 of its last 21 home games and 12 of its last 14 Pac-10 home games dating back to last year. In the last three seasons, ASU has gone 20-5 in Pac-10 play at Wells Fargo Arena
Earlier this year, the Sun Devils had their school-record 13-game home winning streak snapped by No. 9 Notre Dame on Dec. 7. That streak included the team's last eight Pac-10 home contests of last season and its first five games of the 2002-03 season. The previous school record for consecutive home victories was 12, accomplished over the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. ASU, which played its first seven games of the 2002-03 season at home, has turned in a 44-11 record at Wells Fargo Arena in the last four seasons.
There's No Place Like HomeIn addition to their 11-3 record at Wells Fargo Arena this year (5-2 in Pac-10 games), the Sun Devils are also turning in some stellar stats in their home games. At home, ASU is averaging 69.4 points a game and shooting 41.5 percent from the field (341-821) and 35.6 percent from three-point land (62-174). In comparison, on the road, the team has turned in a 3-5 record (just 1-5 in Pac-10 play) and is averaging 61.9 points per game and shooting 38.4 percent from the field (177-461) and just 27.5 percent from three-point land (22-80).
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...Head coach Charli Turner Thorne shook up her starting lineup in ASU's Jan. 23 upset of then 19th-ranked Arizona, giving senior guard Rainy Crisp her second start of the season and freshman forward Jenny Thigpin the first start of her career. It marked the fourth different starting lineup of the season for the Sun Devils, while eight of the 12 players on ASU's active roster have now started at least one game this year.
Offensive FirepowerAfter leading the Pac-10 in most defensive categories in the last two years, this year's Sun Devils have also shown a little offensive firepower this season. This year, the team is averaging 66.6 points per game which ranks sixth in the Pac-10, including a season-high 82 points twice (last at Akron on Dec. 20). The team also ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage and fifth in three-point percentage, shooting 40.4 percent from the field (518-1282) and 33.1 percent from three-point land (84-254).
But Not to Forget the Defense...In addition to the team's improved offensive performance, the Sun Devils still continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the conference. ASU is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding defense, allowing just 33.8 rebounds per game. The Sun Devils are also ranked third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 62.0 points per contest.
Arizona State has led the league in both rebounding and scoring defense in each of the last two years (2000-01 and 2001-02). Last year, the team set a Pac-10 record by giving up just 59.1 points per game, while the team's current average of 33.8 boards allowed per game is just off the school record for rebounding defense, set by last year's team at 33.3 rebounds per game. On Jan. 23, the Sun Devils held then No. 19 Arizona to just 58 points and 28 rebounds, 20.8 points and 13.1 rebounds below the Wildcats' then Pac-10 leading 78.5 points and 41.1 rebounds per contest. ASU also held the Wildcats to just eight offensive rebounds in the game and none in the first half of that contest, while in last weeks upset of then No. 20/24 Washington, the Sun Devils allowed the Huskies just 56 points, which was UW's second-lowest point total of the season and 21.7 points below the team's Pac-10 leading average of 77.7 points per game.
The Sun Devils also continue to lead the league in three-point shooting defense, a category the team has paced the Pac-10 in three of the last four years. This season, ASU is allowing its opponents to shoot just 28.2 percent from three-point land (55-195), while in the last six games, the Sun Devils have held their opponents to just 18.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc (11-58). On Jan. 31 at Oregon, ASU held the Ducks, the league's third-best three-point shooting team, to just 18.2 percent (2-11), down from their then season numbers of 35.7 percent and 6.2 treys per game, while on last week, Washington, the Pac-10 leader in three-point shooting, knocked down just 23.5 percent of its attempts last week (4-17), down from the Huskies' then season numbers of 38.1 percent and 8.52 treys per game.
Last Time OutSophomore Carrie Buckner scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to lead ASU to a 62-56 upset of No. 20/24 Washington Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State took the early lead, going up 11-7 with 12:20 left in the first half after junior Jen Albert knocked down a three-pointer. Washington, however, outscored ASU 20-7 over the next eight minutes to take a 27-18 lead with 4:31 to play in the first half. The Sun Devils cut the lead to four points on two occasions, but Washington hit three late free throws to take a 32-25 halftime lead. ASU got balanced scoring in the first half with freshman Kristen Kovesdy leading the team with five points and six Sun Devils scoring at least three points. UW junior Giuliana Mendiola led all scorers with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
The Sun Devils set the tone to start the second half, getting three quick steals and opening the half with an 8-0 run to take a 33-32 lead with 16:19 to play. The next nine minutes saw seven lead changes and two ties until Washington got a three-pointer and a pair of layups to go up 50-45 ith 6:12 remaining. The Sun Devils answered with a 7-0 run to go up 52-50 with 3:55 to play. Mendiola tied the game on the next possession at 52, but freshman Amy Denson turned in a layup and knocked down a free throw and Buckner got a steal and layup to give ASU the lead for good. The Huskies got within one point down the stretch, but ASU knocked down five of six free throw attempts over the final 19 seconds of the game.
Buckner turned in 10 of her team-leading 12 points and all six of her career-best six steals in the second half to lead ASU to the victory. Buckner also added six rebounds, while Denson turned in 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Freshman Jill Noe finished with just three points but led the team with nine rebounds and six assists. Six Sun Devils finished with at least six points in the win.
After turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, Arizona State made just three turnovers in the second half for a season-low 13 in the game. The Sun Devils also turned 10 of their 13 steals in the second half.
For Washington, Mendiola finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists but had just four points in the second half. Senior Loree Payne turned in 16 points and five rebounds.
Last Time vs. USCFreshman Jill Noe had 15 points as ASU lost its second straight close game, falling to USC 58-53 Jan. 18 at Wells Fargo Arena.
It was the tale of two halves for the Sun Devils who took control of the first 20 minutes of the game. USC scored the first four points of the game, but ASU scored the next eight points to go up 8-4 with 16:03 left and never looked back. ASU pushed its lead to double digits midway through the half and took their biggest advantage when Noe nailed a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to give ASU a 34-18 halftime lead. Noe led all players with 11 points and six rebounds in the first half, while ASU turned in its second-best first-half effort of the year, knocking down 59.1 percent of their shots (13-22)
USC began its comeback to start the second half with a 10-0 run to cut the Sun Devil lead to six, 34-28 with 16:09 to play. ASU held onto a single-digit lead for the next 13 minutes, but the Women of Troy made their move late in the half, using a 9-0 run, including six points from junior Ebony Hoffman, to take a 54-53 lead with 1:12 to play. USC held the Sun Devils scoreless over the final 1:12 of the game, and Hoffman and junior Jessica Cheeks each hit a pair of late free throws to secure the 58-53 victory. After shooting 59.1 percent in the first half, ASU shot just 16.7 percent in the second half (5-30).
Noe led the team with 15 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Carrie Buckner and freshman Kristen Kovesdy each had eight. Sophomore Kylan Loney led the team with six assists. USC's Hoffman led all scorers with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half, while Cheeks also scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and had six assists. Sophomore Rachel Woodward turned in 13 rebounds.
The Sun Devils started out the first half slowly, turning the ball over 11 times and falling behind 24-13 with 8:24 left in the period. ASU, however, responded with a 16-6 run over the remaining half and trailed just 30-29 at halftime. Kovesdy and sophomore Carrie Buckner each scored six points during the Sun Devil run and led the team with eight points apiece. Noe had six points and seven rebounds despite just playing 11 minutes.
The second half stayed close with ASU scoring the first four points of the half to take a three point lead, 33-30 with 14:48 to play. The next six minutes saw three ties and three lead changes until UCLA freshman Nikki Blue knocked down a three-pointer to put the Bruins up 42-39 with 11:46 left in the game. UCLA led by five points, 51-46 with 7:05 left to play, but ASU tied the game at 51 with 6:08 left on a layup by Buckner and a three-pointer by sophomore Kylan Loney. UCLA scored the next three points and held the lead until the Sun Devils took a 57-56 lead with 57 seconds to play after freshman Amy Denson knocked down a pair of shots. UCLA's Blue scored the next four points of the game to put the Bruins up 60-57 with seven seconds. For the Sun Devils, Kovesdy went to the line with six seconds left but hit just one of her free throws and ASU was unable to convert on their last possession as the Bruins won their sixth straight Pac-10 game.
Kovesdy led the team with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Buckner and Denson each had 12 points. Noe turned in 11 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in just 20 minutes, while Denson also chipped in with nine rebounds. Buckner had six rebounds and held the Pac-10's scoring leader, UCLA senior Michelle Greco, to just six points, 13.5 points below her league-leading average. Senior Rainy Crisp led all players with a career-high six assists.
UCLA's Blue led all scorers with 30 points, including the last 14 points of the game for the Bruins. Blue and Greco each had nine rebounds.
ASU outrebounded the Bruins 55-35 and outshot them 39.1 to 36.8 percent, but turnovers proved to be the story of the game as ASU had 23 turnovers which led to Bruin points compared to UCLA's 13 turnovers and 11 ASU points.
Just Say NoeFreshman Jill Noe earned her second Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season on Jan. 6 and became the first true freshman in the Pac-10 to earn two player-of-the-week honors in a season since Stanford's Nicole Powell did it in 2000-01. Noe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 30-Jan. 5 after averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in ASU's home wins over Oregon State and Oregon. She turned in a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds in the victory over Oregon State and followed up that effort with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in ASU's win over Oregon. On the weekend, Noe shot 41.7 percent from the field (10-24), 42.9 percent from three-point land (6-14) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-18).
Noe was also named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 9-15. She came within one rebound and one assist of recording the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history in ASU's 76-53 defeat of Denver on Dec. 9. Noe finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, adding six steals in 26 minutes of play. She shot 7-of-11 (.636) from the field, including a 75.0 percent clip (3-of-4) from 3-point range. Noe also recorded two blocked shots and committed no turnovers in the victory.
Noe has done it all for the Sun Devils this year, pacing the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and free throw percentage (.802). She also ranks second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (.365), steals (2.2 spg) and assists (3.1 apg) and is third in rebounding (5.9 rpg). She is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in steals, fifth in free throw shooting, eighth in scoring and tied for 13th in rebounding. With 310 points, she is third on the ASU single-season list for scoring by a freshman and is also threatening the school freshman records for steals (fifth with 48) and assists (tied for fifth with 69).
Noe has scored in double figures 17 times in 22 games this year (with five 20-point games) and has paced the team in scoring in 12 of ASU's 22 contests this season, including 11 of the last 18. She notched career highs for scoring in back-to-back games with 21 points at California on Dec. 29 and 23 points Jan. 2 vs. Oregon State and matched her career best again with 23 points (including 18 in the second half) at Washington State on Jan. 11.
The Buck(ner) Stops HereSophomore Carrie Buckner has turned up her game a notch in the last eight games, averaging 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. She turned in the first double-double of her career with 10 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds vs. then 19th-ranked Arizona on Jan. 23, while on Feb. 6 vs. Washington State, she had 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in just 23 minutes. In ASU's upset of No. 20 Washington on Saturday, Buckner scored 10 of her 12 points and had all six of her career-best steals in ASU's second-half comeback. She played 13 minutes in the second half and held UW's Giuliana Mendiola to just four second-half points after Mendiola had 16 in the first half.
Buckner played a career-high 35 minutes in each of ASU's games vs. UCLA and USC, averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game and taking the toughest defensive assignment in each contest. She held the Pac-10's scoring leader, UCLA senior Michelle Greco, to just six points, 12.6 points below her then average of 18.6 points per game and added 12 points and six rebounds, while against the Women of Troy, Buckner had eight points and five steals.
Buckner has been one of the most consistent players for the Sun Devils this year, ranking fifth in scoring (7.7 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (5.6), up from her averages of 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. Buckner leads the team and is third in the Pac-10 with 2.23 steals per game, while with 49 takeaways on the year, she has already surpassed her production of 38 steals from last year.
Ball TheftsThe Sun Devils are ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals this season, averaging 10.7 steals per game. The team had a season-high 20 steals vs. UW-Milwaukee in the championship game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Nov. 30 and 19 in their victory over Denver on Dec. 9. ASU has tallied at least 10 steals in 13 of 22 games this year. Sophomore Carrie Buckner leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 2.23 thefts per game, while freshman Jill Noe is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with 2.18 thefts per game. Nine Sun Devils have 10 or more steals on the year.
Young GunsThree of ASU's true freshmen continue to lead the team and rank in the top 20 in the Pac-10 in both scoring and rebounding. Freshman guard Jill Noe, a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, ranks first on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.1 points and third on the team and tied for 13th in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 5.9 boards per contest. Noe has led the team in scoring in 11 of the last 18 games, including a career-best 23 points Jan. 2 vs. Oregon State and again Jan. 11 at Washington State. Freshmen forwards Amy Denson and Kristen Kovesdy have turned in nearly identical numbers this season. Denson leads the team and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.2 rpg, 136 rbs), while Kovesdy is second on the team and 11th in the league in the category (6.1 rpg, 135 rbs). In scoring, Kovesdy has the slight edge and is second on the team and tied for 18th in the Pac-10 at 10.6 points per game, while Denson is 20th in the league at 10.5 rpg (215). Kovesdy also leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 55.4 percent (87-157).
Double TroubleASU had a true freshman turn in her first career double-double in each of the team's first three games, while the Sun Devil rookies have had nine of ASU's 10 double-doubles this season. Freshman guard Jill Noe led the Sun Devils with a double-double in their season-opening win over Chicago State with 17 points and 10 rebounds, freshman forward Kristen Kovesdy matched the feat with a double-double of her own with 19 points, on 7-of-7 shooting, and 10 rebounds off the bench vs. Northern Illinois, and freshman forward Amy Denson turned in 12 points and 14 rebounds in ASU's victory over Portland State in the first round of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic. Kovesdy turned in the second double-double of her young career at Kent State on Dec. 18 with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Denson turned in the second of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds at Cal on Dec. 29 and Noe accomplished the same feat on Jan. 2 with career bests of 23 points and 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State. Both Noe and Kovesdy had their third double-doubles of the season Jan. 16 vs. UCLA with Noe turning in 11 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds and Kovesdy adding 13 points and a career-best 13 boards. Noe added her team-leading fourth double-double of the year last with 10 points and 10 rebounds in ASU's win over Washington State on Feb. 6.
Second-Half SurgesThis year's Sun Devils have shown the ability to kick things up a notch in the second half, outscoring their opponents 799-716 over the final 20 minutes this year. The team has only been outscored in the second half in just six games this year (all losses). ASU has shot 42.4 percent from the field in the second half this year (272-641), including a season-best 81.0 percent outing Dec. 20 at Akron (17-21). Comparatively, the Sun Devils have outscored their opponents just 667-647 and shot just 38.4 percent from the field (246-641) in the first halves of games this year.
In the team's first loss of the year to No. 9 Notre Dame, the Sun Devils followed up a dismal 17-point, 13.8-percent half by playing the Fighting Irish to a 35-35 tie and shooting 39.5 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. On Dec. 18 at Kent State, ASU rebounded from a 26.7 percent first half (8-30) with a 51.9 percent half (14-27). In ASU's games at Washington and Washington State on Jan. 9 and 11, the team averaged 16.5 points and shot 22.8 percent from the field (13-57) in the first halves compared to 44.5 points and 46.9 percent from the field (31-66) in the second halves of the two contests.
Success at the Charity StripeThis season, the Sun Devils have turned into one of the league's better free throw shooting teams, ranking fourth in the Pac-10 in the category at 69.1 percent on the year (346-501). Last year, the team finished ninth in the Pac-10 in the category at just 63.9 percent (524-820). The Sun Devils turned in their best effort from the charity stripe this year with an 83.3 percent outing (15-18) at Kent State on Dec. 18 and have shot 70 percent or better from the line in 11 of 22 games. Freshman Jill Noe leads the team and is fifth in the Pac-10 at 80.2 percent (97-121), including 8-of-8 Jan. 18 vs. USC and a 6-of-6 effort Feb. 6 vs. Washington State. Six Sun Devils are shooting at least 65 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
- Last weekend's games with Washington State and Washington marked the only two home games for ASU in a stretch of five of seven on the road, which started last week in Oregon. ASU is 11-3 at home this year (5-2 in the Pac-10) compared to just 3-5 on the road (1-5 in the Pac-10). The team's lone league road win came at Washington State Jan. 11.
- Last week's upset of No. 20/24 Washington marked ASU's third win over a ranked opponent so far this year. Earlier this season, ASU knocked off then No. 14 Georgia 74-70 on Dec. 2 and two weeks ago, the Sun Devils got the best of then No. 19 Arizona 73-58 on Jan. 23 at Wells Fargo Arena.
- ASU had 52 rebounds in last week's win over Washington State (52-35 advantage), marking the second time this year that ASU has pulled down 50 or more boards in a game. ASU outrebounded UCLA 55-35 on Jan. 16, which marked a season high for the Sun Devils in rebounding and the most boards since the team turned in 55 in a win over Delaware State on Nov. 19, 2001. The last time ASU had 50 or more rebounds against a Pac-10 team came during the 1996-97 season when both Arizona State and Arizona had 50 rebounds in a 66-42 Wildcat win in Tempe.
- A total of four Sun Devils rank in the Pac-10's top 20 in rebounding (Amy Denson-10th, Kristen Kovesdy-11th, Jill Noe-T13th and Carrie Buckner-15th).
- The Sun Devils have already blocked 69 shots this season, which surpasses the 51 the team had all of last year and is the most since the 1992-93 team had 89 rejections. Last year, ASU finished ninth in the Pac-10 with just 1.5 blocks per game, while this season, the team ranks fifth with 3.1 per contest. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy leads the team and is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in the category with 0.7 blocked shots per game. Her 16 blocked shots also put her in fourth on the ASU single-season list for blocks by a freshman and just three rejections out of second place on the list, while Jenny Thigpin is tied for sixth on that list with 11 blocks.
- The Sun Devils are now leading the Pac-10 in the category with 15.8 offensive boards per game, including a season-high 24 vs. UCLA on Jan. 16 and 21 vs. Washington State on Feb. 6. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 2.72 offensive rebounds per game, while sophomore Carrie Buckner is sixth in the league with 2.68 offensive boards per contest.
- ASU's seven new players account for 63.9 percent of the team's scoring (924 of 1446 points) and 58.4 percent of the team's rebounding (487 of 834 boards) this year.
- Freshman Kristen Kovesdy is leading the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, knocking down 55.4 percent of her shots on the year (87-157). She knocked down her first 16 attempts of the season, including a perfect 7-of-7 performance in ASU's season-opening win over Chicago State, 4-of-4 vs. Northern Illinois and her first five shots vs. Portland State. Kovesdy did not miss her first shot until the 11:59 mark of the second half in that game vs. Portland State, ASU's third game of the year.
- Through ASU's 22 games, sophomore Kylan Loney leads the team with 36 three-pointers, surpassing the total of 14 she had all of last year. Loney leads the team and is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 at 38.3 percent from three-point land this year (36-94), while freshman Jill Noe is second on the team at 36.5 percent (31-85). Loney drilled a career-best and team-high five three-pointers in ASU's Jan. 4 win over Oregon, while Noe has knocked down at least three treys in five games this year.
- The Sun Devil bench has outscored their opponents' reserves in all but six games this year and is averaging 18.8 points per game (413 points). Junior Jen Albert is the team's leading scorer off the bench at 4.7 points per game, including a career-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting Feb. 6 vs. Washington State.
- This year, Arizona State returns just one starter and six letterwinners from its 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament squad (with the losses of junior and two-year starter Betsy Boardman and sophomore forward Alexis Tate to season-ending knee injuries) but has added a recruiting class of five freshmen and one junior college transfer which was ranked in the top 25 in the nation by Blue Star. The 2002-03 Sun Devil active roster is a young one featuring a junior college transfer, three sophomores and six freshmen.
Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith a 104-94 record in her seven years at ASU, head coach Charli Turner Thorne holds sole possession of second place in all-time wins by a Sun Devil women's basketball coach. Turner Thorne earned the 100th win of her ASU career with a 78-63 victory over Oregon on Jan. 4 of this year. With ASU's victory over Arizona on Dec. 30 last year, 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 mark in eight years (1979-87).
Since 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. In 2000-01, 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, while her 2001-02 squad tied the school mark for single-season wins with a 25-9 record. 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 six seasons.
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