Women's Hoops to Take on Holy Cross Saturday Night

Dec. 19, 2003

WORCESTER, Mass. -

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Coming off an 81-55 loss to No. 1/1 Connecticut on Thursday night in Hartford, the Arizona State Sun Devils complete their East Coast road trip Saturday night, taking on Holy Cross (4-4) at 7 p.m. EST in Worcester, Mass. Arizona State (5-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night by the defending national champion Huskies and head into Saturday night's game looking to halt a seven-game road losing streak and notch its first road victory of the season and first since January.

Following this week's games, Arizona State will take six days off for the holidays before opening its Pac-10 Conference schedule at Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 27 against Washington State and Dec. 29 against No. 23 Washington.

NEWS AND NOTES- Arizona State holds a 1-0 record in the series against Holy Cross, winning the only previous meeting between the two teams with a 67-49 victory at the Northern Lights Tournament in Anchorage, Alaska on Dec. 19, 1995. The Sun Devils hold a 3-0 advantage against teams from the Patriot League.

- The Sun Devils head into Saturday's game with the Crusaders looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak (dating back to the last six games of last year and Thursday's loss at UConn). Counting its two neutral-site games this year in the Bahamas, ASU has lost its last nine games away from the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils' last road win came on Jan. 11, 2003 when the team turned in a 66-58 victory over Washington State in Pullman.

- Arizona State currently leads the Pac-10 Conference in rebounding offense, offensive rebounds, rebounding defense and rebounding margin. The Sun Devils have outrebounded all but two of their opponents this season (Kansas State and UConn) and are averaging 43.0 boards per game to just 30.9 for their opponents. Prior to getting outrebounded 37-31 by the Huskies on Thursday, ASU had outrebounded its three previous opponents by an average of 18.7 boards per game.

- The Sun Devils matched their season highs with seven three-pointers and seven three-point attempts Thursday at UConn, but the team turned in its season lows in rebounds (31), offensive rebounds (14) and steals (6).

- The Sun Devils have given up season highs in scoring in each of their last two games, allowing 74 points by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 10 and 81 points by top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 18. That 77.5 points per game is 17.4 points above the scoring average of 60.1 points per game that ASU has allowed this season (third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense).

- Sophomore forward Kristen Kovesdy led the Sun Devils in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive game with 13 points and five rebounds Thursday night against the Huskies. She turned in the fourth double-double of her career and her first of the season with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 12 rebounds in ASU's Dec. 10 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

- After starting the season shooting just 19.0 percent in the first four games (4-21), Kovesdy has made 70.8 percent of her field goals in the last four (17-24). She has averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the last four contests. Kovesdy is leading the team and ranked 14th in the Pac-10 at 5.8 rebounds per game.

- ASU's bench continues to produce in every game and is turning in an average of 29.6 points per game. Sophomore YoVanna Rosenthal is the team's leading scorer off the bench at 7.3 points per game, while true freshmen Alisha Godette (5.3 ppg), Aubree Johnson (4.9) and Emily Westerberg (5.0) are all turning solid scoring efforts in relief as well.

- Arizona State is leading the Pac-10 with an average of 17.8 assists per game. Junior Carrie Buckner leads the team with 3.3 assists per game (8th in the Pac-10) and owns the league's third-best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.40).

Tough SlateSaturday's game at Holy Cross will mark the fifth time this year that ASU has played a team that won a league title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. ASU played NCAA second-rounder Kansas State in the first game of the Junkanoo Jam and Atlantic 10 champion and NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant George Washington in its second game. In the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, ASU played 2003 Mid-American Tournament champion and NCAA participant Western Michigan in the first round. UConn has won at least a share of the last 10 regular-season Big East titles and a total of four NCAA titles, including the last two, while Holy Cross finished first in the Patriot League and went to the NCAA Tournament last year.

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