No. 24 Women's Hoops Hosts No. 8 Stanford and Cal This Weekend
Jan. 5, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Following a 69-47 victory over then No. 25 Arizona, their fifth straight home victory over the Wildcats, the 24th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils continue their three-game homestand this weekend, playing host to the No. 8/8 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 3-1) on Friday night and the California Golden Bears (8-5, 2-2) on Sunday afternoon. Friday's game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised statewide on AZ-TV, while Sunday's game will get underway at 2 p.m. Winners of nine of their last 11, the Sun Devils stand in a three-way tie for third place in the Pac-10 after the first two weeks of league action, trailing just UCLA (3-0) and Stanford (3-1) in the league standings. This weekend, ASU looks to extend a streak that has seen the team win its last 10 home games and 23 of its last 25, while ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne heads into the weekend just one win shy of the school record for coaching victories. The Sun Devils also hope to win their second straight contest over the Cardinal after last year's 73-53 victory at Wells Fargo Arena and extend a five-game home winning streak over the Golden Bears.
ExposureAll of Arizona State's games will be broadcast live or on tape delay on NBC 1190 AM with 28-year Valley broadcaster Jeff Munn (play-by-play) and Phoenix Mercury general manager Seth Sulka (color) calling the action. Munn, who is a fill-in radio play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the club's public address announcer, is in the first year of his second stint as ASU's play-by-play voice. All of ASU's radio broadcasts are also available live on the internet at www.thesundevils.com.
AZ-TV will broadcast the Stanford game to a statewide television audience with George Allen and Doug Gerlach calling the action. It marks the fifth TV game of the year for the Sun Devils who are 3-1 in television games this season.
In the Series with StanfordStanford holds a 36-10 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona State, including a 14-8 advantage in games played in Tempe. The two teams split a pair of meetings last season with then No. 7 Stanford earning a 60-46 win in Palo Alto on Jan. 8 and ASU upsetting the seventh-ranked Cardinal 73-53 on Feb. 7 in Tempe. That snapped ASU's three-game losing streak to Stanford and marked the only double-digit loss of the season for the Cardinal, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. In that game, Jenny Thigpin scored 16 of her career-high 18 points in the second half and added a season-high seven rebounds as the Sun Devils turned in a 33-point turnaround. ASU trailed 26-13 in late in the first half and 28-18 at halftime before outscoring Stanford 31-11 over the next 16 minutes.
Stanford, which is ranked eighth in each of this week's poll and has been as high as second this season, has won its last two games and three of its last four. The Cardinal is 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10 this season, earning a sweep over the Washington schools last weekend in Palo Alto. Stanford downed Washington State 72-39 and Washington 74-61 to win the team's 29th and 30th straight Pac-10 home contests. Freshman guard Candace Wiggins is leading the team and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while junior center Brooke Smith, a transfer from Duke, is contributing 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Senior forward T'Nae Thiel is the Cardinal's top rebounder with 5.5 boards per game.
Stanford ConnectionArizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford, playing for Cardinal head coach Tara Van Derveer in her last three seasons. Turner Thorne was twice voted the Most Inspirational Player by her Cardinal teammates and was co-captain of the 1987-88 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team. She won Stanford's H-Block Award in 1988, which is awarded to the senior female student-athlete with the highest grade point average, and earned her bachelor's degree in psychology that year.
In the Series with CaliforniaCalifornia holds a narrow 22-20 edge in the series with Arizona State, while the Sun Devils hold an 11-8 advantage in games played in Tempe. ASU swept the series last year (for the third time in four seasons) with a 56-52 win in Berkeley on Jan. 10 and a 62-43 victory in Tempe on Feb. 5. ASU has won eight of the last 11 games in the series, including five straight at Wells Fargo Arena.
Cal brings an 8-5 overall record and a 2-2 Pac-10 mark into Sunday's game and will play at Arizona on Friday night. The Golden Bears split a pair of games last weekend in Berkeley, falling to Washington 65-52 and rebounding with a 64-56 win over Washington State. Senior forward Leigh Gregory leads three Bears in double figures for scoring with 13.2 points per game, while freshman center Jessica Lawson is pacing the club with 5.2 rebounds per contest.
California ConnectionsTurner Thorne and assistant coach Laura Hughes have connections to Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. Turner Thorne was an assistant coach on Horstmeyer's staff at Santa Clara for three seasons from 1990-93 where the Broncos won three straight conference titles, won the 1991 WNIT and advanced to the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Hughes was a two-year starter at power forward at Santa Clara, helping the Broncos to a 28-3 record and the WNIT title in 1990-91 and an NCAA Tournament berth the following year. That 1990-91 campaign marked one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history with the team winning 28 games, an improvement of 19 from the previous season's 9-17 campaign. Hughes set and still holds school records for single-season and career field goal percentage, knocking down 53.9 percent of her career attempts.
Junior forward Amy Denson also has a connection to the Golden Bear squad, playing with Cal junior guard Sarah Pool for three years at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore. The pair led Crater to two consecutive league titles, while Denson was the school's career-leading scorer and Pool finished second.
Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith a 133-115 record in eight seasons at ASU, ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne heads into the weekend just one shy of the school record for victories. Turner Thorne needs just one win to tie Juliene Simpson as the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history. Simpson notched a 134-92 mark in eight seasons in Tempe (1979-87).
Turner Thorne has led her Sun Devils to a school-record five consecutive postseason bids including WNIT appearances in 2000, 2003 and 2004 and ASU's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 20 years in 2001 and 2002. ASU previously had advanced to postseason play in three straight seasons (NWIT runner-up in 1981, NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1982 and 1983). After a 17-12 mark in 2003-04, Turner Thorne became only the second coach in school history to lead the Sun Devils to four consecutive winning seasons. The last time ASU had four straight winning campaigns was under Juliene Simpson from 1980-81 to 1983-84.
Since Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have regained the national prominence 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, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament Championship.
Diaper DriveASU will hold a Baby Diaper Drive to benefit Homeward Bound during its game against eighth-ranked Stanford Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Fans bringing diapers, baby wipes or formula to donate will receive free admission to the game that night.
Items will be donated to Homeward Bound, a program which helps homeless and domestic violence families with children throughout Maricopa County. ASU's collection is part of the sixth annual Baby Diaper Drive. This year's goal is to collect 50,000 diapers and $50,000. Many of the families served by Homeward Bound earn low wages and struggle to cover the essentials of diapers, wipes and baby formula. The Baby Diaper Drive fills the gap by collecting months of supplies for those families.
Homeward Bound is a 12- to 24-month program that provides comprehensive services to assist families achieve economic independence, secure long-term safe, decent, affordable housing and break multi-generational cycles of homelessness, welfare dependence and domestic violence. For families completing the program, there is a 95 percent success rate.
Defense Against Pac-10 OpponentsASU allowed Washington State just 39 points in the team's Dec. 27 victory, setting the school record for fewest points allowed in a Pac-10 game. Including Monday's 69-47 victory over Arizona, the Sun Devils have held a Pac-10 opponent to 50 points or fewer 12 times in ASU's 19 years in the league (twice this year). Eleven of those 12 low-scoring efforts have come under ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne. Turner Thorne's squads have led the Pac-10 in scoring defense in two seasons, setting the Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed at 59.1 points per game in 2001-02. Last year, ASU finished second in the league in scoring defense at 61.1 points per game, while this year, the Sun Devils are allowing a league-low 49.9 points per contest. Arizona had come into Monday's game as the Pac-10 scoring leader at 73.5 points per game but was held 26.5 points below its season average.
Balanced ScoringThe Sun Devils have gotten balanced scoring so far this year with six different players leading the team in scoring in the team's 13 games. ASU's Dec. 27 game at Washington State exemplified that balance with three players (sophomore Emily Westerberg and juniors Amy Denson and Kristen Kovesdy) leading the team in scoring with 11 points each. Kovesdy has led the team in scoring six imes, including each of the last two games with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting Dec. 29 at Washington and 18 on 8-of-11 shooting Monday against Arizona. Westerberg turned in a season-high 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 win over No. 8 Connecticut, while Denson became the sixth Sun Devil to lead the team in scoring with a season-high 14 points Dec. 18 at New Mexico.
ASU has three players averaging in double figures for scoring with less than two points separating the trio. Kovesdy is leading the team and ranked 11th in the Pac-10 at 12.0 points per game, while Westerberg checks in at 15th in the league at 11.1 points per game. Senior Kylan Loney is just out of the Pac-10's top 20 at 10.2 points per game. In ASU's Nov. 27 win over Prairie View A&M, all 13 Sun Devils scored two or more points, while Arizona State has nine players averaging at least 3.0 points per game this year.
In addition to scoring, the Sun Devils are also getting balanced rebounding this season with seven different players leading the team in the category in at least one game. Senior Carrie Buckner, junior Amy Denson and sophomore Aubree Johnson are all tied for the team lead in rebounding with 4.2 boards per contest, while eight Sun Devils are averaging at least 2.0 boards per game.
Home-Court AdvantageWith a 5-0 mark this year including a Dec. 21 upset of No. 8 UConn and a victory over then No. 25 Arizona on Monday, Arizona State has won its last 10 home games and 23 of its last 25 in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. The school record for consecutive home wins is 13, set by the Sun Devils over the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons (last eight in 2001-02, first five in 2002-03). The Sun Devils hold a 67-14 record at home in the last six seasons (.827, 1999-00 to present) and a 44-7 mark at Wells Fargo Arena over the last four campaigns (.863).
The Sun Devils turned in a 13-1 record at Wells Fargo Arena last year, tying the school record for home wins for the third consecutive year and setting the school mark for home winning percentage in a season (.929). In 2002-03, ASU went 13-4 at Wells Fargo Arena which matched the school-record 13 victories the 2001-02 team had (13-2).
In the RankingsArizona State, which has been receiving votes in every poll this season, is ranked 24th in this week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches' poll and is just out of the Associated Press poll (70 points to rank 26th). The team returned to the national polls after one week's absence last week, checking in at No. 21 in the Dec. 27 AP poll and No. 23 in the Dec. 28 coaches' rankings. ASU debuted at 23rd by Associated Press poll and 25th by the coaches on Dec. 13 but fell out of the rankings after just one week (loss at New Mexico).
The Dec. 13 poll marked the first time that the Sun Devils were ranked in the national top 25 since Jan. 14, 2002 (23rd in AP poll that week). During the 2001-02 season, ASU was ranked in three weeks. That year, the Sun Devils won a school-record 25 games, captured the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Last Time OutJunior Kristen Kovesdy scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Sun Devils to a 69-47 victory over Arizona Monday night in the team's Pac-10 home opener.
ASU took a 14-7 lead eight minutes into the first half, but Arizona cut the lead to two four minutes later. The Sun Devils scored the next five points to regain the seven-point advantage, 23-16 with 5:38 to play. After UA senior Dee-Dee Wheeler's layup cut it to five with 4:51 to play, the Sun Devils ended the half on a 12-0 run to take a 37-20 halftime advantage. Kovesdy was 5-of-5 from the field and made a pair of free throws for 12 first-half points, while sophomore Emily Westerberg added 11.
In the second half, ASU began the half on an 11-3 run to take a 48-23 lead with 16:53 to play. The Sun Devils pushed their lead to 28 after a three-pointer by junior Amy Denson four minutes later. Wheeler knocked down a pair of threes to cut the lead to 22, 57-35 with 11:41 to play, but the Wildcats would not get any closer. Arizona State led by as many as 30 points en route to the 69-47 victory, the team's fifth straight win over the Wildcats at Wells Fargo Arena.
Kovesdy led the Sun Devils with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Westerberg had 13 points, a team-high five assists and a career-best two blocks, while Denson and senior Betsy Boardman each pulled down five rebounds to lead the Sun Devils.
Wheeler finished with a game-high 26 points for the Wildcats, knocking down 11-of-18 field goal attempts including three treys. Junior Natalie Jones added a game-high seven rebounds for Arizona, which was without starting center Shawntinice Polk (knee injury).
ASU scored 34 points on a season-high 28 turnovers by Arizona, while the Sun Devils outrebounded the Wildcats 37-27. Both teams struggled from the free throw line with Arizona missing 13 of their 19 attempts (31.6 percent) and ASU missing 12 of 26 (53.8 percent).
Getting It Done on DefenseArizona State has established itself as one of the top defensive teams in the Pac-10 Conference. The Sun Devils have led the league in at least one defensive category in each of the last seven seasons (1998-99 to present). Last year, ASU paced the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (32.2 rpg) and three-point field goal defense (30.4 percent allowed) and finished second in scoring defense (61.1 ppg). By allowing just 32.2 rebounds per game, ASU set a school record for rebounding defense in 2003-04, besting the previous low of 33.3 by the 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament championship squad. ASU also led the Pac-10 in three-point defense for the third straight year and the fifth time in six seasons in 2003-04.
This season, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (49.9 points per game), rebounding defense (29.8 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (22.5 percent). ASU has held 10 of its 13 opponents under 60 points and three under 40 points, setting the school record for fewest points by a Pac-10 opponent in a Dec. 27 win at Washington State (67-39). The Sun Devils tied the school record for fewest points allowed after holding Prairie View A&M to just 30 points on Nov. 27. The very next game, ASU almost tied the school record again with a 71-31 victory over Alabama State. ASU also outrebounded Prairie View A&M by a margin of 43-9 in the victory.
In the last seven seasons (since the start of the 1998-99 season to present), the Sun Devils have allowed opponents to just 61.9 points and 33.8 rebounds per game and 29.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc (11,893 points, 6,477 rebounds, 522-1795 three-pointers, 192 games).
Keeping Up with KovesdyJunior forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage this season, shooting 64.8 percent from the field (68-105). In the last four games, she has shot a blazing 80.6 percent from the field (25-31), including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 vs. UConn, a 6-of-7 showing Dec. 29 at Washington and an 8-of-11 night Monday against Arizona. Kovesdy finished second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage last year at 55.7 percent, the seventh-best season effort by a Sun Devil, and already ranks second on the Arizona State career field goal percentage chart at 55.6 percent (277-498).
Kovesdy is leading the Sun Devils and ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 12.0 points per game this season, including 14.0 points per game in the last four contests. She is tied with sophomore Emily Westerberg with nine games in double figures for points and has led the team in scoring in a team-best six games. Kovesdy paced the team with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in ASU's season-opening victory over Virginia on Nov. 11. She turned in a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the win against Gonzaga in the championship game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Dec. 4. Dec. 21 against No. 8 UConn, she finished second on the team with 14 points, going 6-of-6 from the field and was one of three players with 11 points to lead the team Dec. 27 at Washington State. She paced the team with 13 points at Washington on Dec. 29 and had a team-best 18 on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against then No. 25 Arizona.
Westerberg's WaysSophomore forward Emily Westerberg is tied for the team lead with nine games in double figures for scoring (with junior Kristen Kovesdy) and has climbed to second on the team and 15th in the Pac-10 in overall scoring at 11.1 points per game. She turned in a season-high 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 upset of eighth-ranked Connecticut and finished second on the team with 13 points Monday vs. Arizona.
A first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season, Westerberg continues to be outstanding from the free throw line and is ranked third in the Pac-10 at 88.4 percent from the charity stripe (38-43), including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 against the UConn Huskies.
Loney Lights It UpSenior guard Kylan Loney has knocked down 34.4 percent of her long-range attempts (21-61) this year. In ASU's Dec. 7 upset of No. 11/14 Georgia, Loney tied her career bests with five three-pointers and nine three-point attempts and was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in her career. Loney is also third on the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game. She had been leading the squad in scoring but has fallen to third after averaging just 4.6 points in the last five games. Despite battling a case of the flu, Loney did have five huge points Dec. 27 at Washington State, knocking down a jumper and a three-pointer in Arizona State's second-half run to regain a double-digit lead.
Loney, who also ranked sixth in the Pac-10 last year at 37.8 percent, was shooting just 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-12) in the first three games of the season. In the next five games, she knocked down 58.6 percent of her threes (17-29) but has experienced another shooting slump in the last five contests, shooting just 10 percent (2-20). Loney had a similar start last year, shooting 15.4 percent in the first five games and lighting it up for 41.0 percent in the last 24 contests (41-100).
The 2004 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has climbed to second on the ASU career list for three-pointers made with 124 and needs just 10 more this season to tie the school record, held by Crystal Cobb who had 134 three-pointers from 1989-94.
A Little Help From Their FriendsArizona State leads the Pac-10 with an average of 17.4 assists per game. In the last nine games, the Sun Devils have averaged 18.6 assists per contest, including a season-high 30 Nov. Prairie View A&M (167 assists). In those nine games, ASU has had an assist on 72.3 percent of its field goals made (167-231), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn and 20 of 27 Monday against Arizona.
Junior forward Amy Denson is leading the team with 3.1 assists per game, including a career-best seven in ASU's Nov. 27 win over Prairie View. Denson, who has led the team in the category in five games this year, has continued to improve her passing in each of her three seasons at ASU. Last year, she nearly doubled her assists total from her freshman year, averaging 1.5 assists per game compared to 0.8 in her rookie season. Senior Kylan Loney is second on the team with 2.7 assists per game, including a season-high six Dec. 4 against Gonzaga. With 331 assists in her four years at ASU, Loney is ranked eighth on the ASU career lists and should finish her career in Arizona State's top five.
Against Ranked OpponentsFollowing the team's 61-50 upset of No. 8/8 Connecticut on Dec. 21 and a 67-49 victory over No. -/25 Arizona on Jan. 3, Arizona State now holds a 3-1 record against ranked opponents this season with its loss coming at then No. 3/2 (and now top-ranked) LSU on Nov. 12. The team's 67-57 win at No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7 marked ASU's first victory over a ranked opponent on the road since the Sun Devils defeated then No. 15 USC 64-55 on March 11, 1993.
Last year, the Sun Devils went 2-4 against ranked opponents last year, upsetting then No. 24 Washington 84-81 in overtime on Dec. 27 and No. 7 Stanford 73-53 on Feb. 7, both at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, while in 2002-03, ASU upset three ranked opponents (3-4 mark). ASU's last win over a team ranked in the top five came against then No. 2 Stanford when the Sun Devils upset the Cardinal 70-63 on March 4 in the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament championship game.
Tough SlateArizona State has put together one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. The Sun Devils will take on eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, including a Dec. 21 match-up with three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut. Including a Nov. 12 game at then No. 3/2 (and now top-ranked) LSU, the Sun Devils have taken on five teams that have been ranked this season (including four in the most recent polls) with three more on the horizon. ASU faced three of the preseason top five squads in the country during the non-conference slate (Georgia, LSU, UConn) and has an unofficial strength of schedule of 14th in the nation (www.collegerpi.com). The team upset then No. 11/14 Georgia 67-57 in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 7 and then No. 8/8 Connecticut 61-50 on Dec. 21 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Early-Season Quick Hits
... For the second game in a row, ASU will face the Pac-10's leader in scoring (Stanford at 73.3 points per game). Arizona had come into Monday night's game pacing the Pac-10 with 73.5 points per game, but ASU held the Wildcats to just 47 points. The Sun Devils lead the league in both scoring and rebounding defense at 49.9 points and 29.8 rebounds per game. Stanford also paces the league in rebounding at 42.2 boards per contest. Arizona was second in the conference in rebounding prior to Monday's game (42.2 rpg) but was held to just 27 by ASU.
... ASU will also face a test against California with the Golden Bears leading the Pac-10 in three-point shooting at 47.5 percent (67-141). Cal senior guard Kristin Iwanaga leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage at 69.4 percent (25-36). The Sun Devils are leading the league in three-point defense, holding teams to just 22.5 percent shooting (20-89).
... Senior guard/forward Betsy Boardman needs just 14 points to become the 14th Sun Devil in school history to join the 1,000-point club. The fifth-year senior, who has come back from two ACL tears (one on each knee), has scored 986 career points.
... ASU's Dec. 29 loss at Washington marked only the third time this season that ASU has not shot more free throws than its opponent. The Huskies' 25 free throws and 34 attempts were the most allowed by ASU this year, while the team also committed a season-high 24 fouls. The Sun Devils have attempted more free throws (266) than any team in the league, averaging 20.5 free throws to 16.5 for their opponents.
... ASU is averaging 69.6 points per game and shooting 46.4 percent from the field in its five home contests, while holding oponents to 46.2 points and 29.4 rebounds per game and allowing just 40.4 percent shooting (22.2 percent from three-point land). In contrast, on the road, ASU is averaging just 57.6 points and shooting 37.1 percent. ASU is also giving up 57.0 points and 45.8 percent shooting by its opponents on the road.
... Junior Amy Denson has averaged 9.2 points per game in the last five games, including a season-high 14 points Dec. 21 against eighth-ranked UConn. She is ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, knocking down 54.2 percent of her field goal attempts.
... As a team, ASU made a season-high 90.0 percent of its free throw attempts (9-10) Dec. 18 at New Mexico and is ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting this season at 66.2 percent.
... In addition to sophomore Emily Westerberg who is ranked third in the league in free throw shooting (88.4 percent), freshman Reagan Pariseau is sixth in the Pac-10 at 81.3 percent (26-32). Pariseau has made her last 12 free throw attempts over the last five games.
... The Sun Devils' Dec. 18 loss at New Mexico snapped a six-game winning streak, which was the longest since the team turned in seven straight non-conference victories during the 2001-02 season.
... Prior to shooting 29.5 percent Dec. 18 at New Mexico, ASU had been leading the Pac-10 in field goal percentage this year at 47.0 percent and is now fifth in the league at 44.2 percent. Prior to New Mexico, ASU had shot 49.4 percent from the field in its previous four games, including a season-high 62.3 percent (38-61) Nov. 27 against Prairie View A&M.
... Seniors Kylan Loney and Betsy Boardman rank second (124) and third (120) on the Arizona State career list for three-pointers made. On Dec. 7 at No. 11/14 Georgia, the pair passed honorable-mention All-American Amanda Levens who is now fourth on the list with 117 three-pointers in her career (2000-02). Crystal Cobb holds the ASU career record with 134 treys (1990-94).
... ASU has shot just 22.4 percent from three-point land in its last five games (11-49), including a season-low 0-for-9 effort Dec. 18 at New Mexico and a 2-for-11 performance Dec. 29 at Washington. In the previous five games, the Sun Devils had shot 53.6 percent from three-point land (30-56), including a season-high 60.0 percent in their Nov. 27 win over Prairie View A&M. ASU tied the school record with nine three-pointers made in the game vs. the Lady Panthers. ASU knocked down 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (7-14). Dec. 7 at then No. 11/14 Georgia.
... The Sun Devils have climbed to second in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting at 34.3 percent (47-137). Last year, the team finished fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (33.8 percent) but shot just 20.0 percent from beyond the arc in their first three games this year (6-30).
... Prior to turning the ball over 27 times Dec. 29 at Washington, ASU had averaged just 16.6 turnovers in its previous eight games, including a season-low 13 Nov. 26 against Seton Hall. The Sun Devils had not struggled with turnovers since averaging 25.0 miscues per game in their first three contests. On the season, ASU is turning the ball over 29.6 times per game.
... The team is forcing an average of 25.4 turnovers per game by its opponents this season and ranks third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+5.7).
... ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 with 12.4 steals per game after finishing third in the Pac-10 in the category last season (10.0 steals per game). The Sun Devils reached double figures for steals in 19 of 29 games last year with a season high of 17. Arizona State has been in double figures for steals in 11 of its 13 games this year and turned in a season-high 19 steals in its Nov. 20 win over San Diego with four Sun Devils turning in three steals apiece in the victory.
... Senior Carrie Buckner is leading the team and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 2.9 steals per game. She has averaged 3.3 steals per game in the last eight games (26 thefts), including a season-high five in ASU's Dec. 4 win over Gonzaga and again Dec. 29 at Washington. Buckner is ranked fifth on the ASU career list with 192 steals in her four seasons in Tempe.
Up NextFollowing this weekend's games with eighth-ranked Stanford and California, Arizona State hits the road again, traveling to Los Angeles to take on No. 22/23 UCLA and USC. The Sun Devils will play at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 16 and head to USC's Lyon Center on Sunday, Jan. 18. The game with the Trojans will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.
ASU returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 20 and 22, playing host to Oregon State and Oregon, respectively.