No. 25 Women's Hoops Travels to No. 19 UCLA and USC This Weekend
Jan. 11, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off a split with No. 8 Stanford and California last week, the 25th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils continue Pac-10 play this week, traveling to Los Angeles, Calif., to take on No. 19/19 UCLA and USC. Friday's game with the Bruins will tip off at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT) at Pauley Pavilion, while Sunday's game at USC's Lyon Center will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net at 12 p.m. PT (1 p.m. MT). UCLA and USC are two of the hottest teams in the league with the Bruins leading the Pac-10 standings with a 5-0 mark and the Women of Troy winning their last four games to check in just one game behind at 4-1. The Sun Devils are tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with a 3-2 league mark and return to the road after splitting their first Pac-10 road series in the state of Washington two weeks ago. ASU heads to Los Angeles looking to gets its first win at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion since 2002 and snap a four-game losing streak to USC. Ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne also heads into the weekend needing just one win to take over sole possession of the ASU record for coaching victories after tying the school mark with last Sunday's victory over California.
ExposureAll of Arizona State's games will be broadcast live or on tape delay on the radio with with 28-year Valley broadcaster Jeff Munn (play-by-play) and Phoenix Mercury general manager Seth Sulka (color) calling the action. The Sun Devils return to their radio home on NBC 1190 AM on Friday, Jan. 14 at UCLA, while KMVP 860 AM will carry the Sunday, Jan. 16 game at USC. 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 available live on the internet at www.thesundevils.com.
Fox Sports Net will broadcast Sunday's game at USC to a national cable television audience with Bill Macdonald calling the action (color analyst TBA). It will mark the sixth television game of the season for the Sun Devils (3-2 mark).
In the Series with UCLAUCLA holds a 39-14 advantage in the series with the Sun Devils, including a 20-5 edge in games played in Westwood. After ASU won four straight contests (back-to-back sweeps in 2000-01 and 2001-02), UCLA has gotten the best of the series recently, winning four of the last five games between the two schools. Last year, each team won on its home floor with ASU earning a 73-58 victory on Jan. 15 in Tempe and UCLA getting a 74-63 win on Feb. 14 in Los Angeles. The Bruins won the rubber match last season, earning a 70-50 victory on March 6 in San Jose at the Pac-10 Tournament. ASU heads to Los Angeles looking to snap a two-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion and looks for its first win in Westwood since turning in a 70-57 victory there on Jan. 17, 2002.
With a 5-0 league mark, UCLA stands atop the Pac-10 standings, most recently earning a sweep in the state of Washington. The Bruins crushed Washington State 89-69 on Jan. 7 and dispatched Washington 74-63 two days later. UCLA, which is ranked 19th in each of this week's national polls, holds an 11-3 overall record on the season, including a 6-0 mark at Pauley Pavilion. Sophomore Noelle Quinn, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, leads the team and ranks second in the league with 18.0 points per game. Four Bruins are averaging in double figures for scoring and ranked in the Pac-10's top 20. Quinn is also UCLA's top rebounder, checking in 7.4 boards per game, which is good for fourth in the league statistics.
In the Series with USCUSC leads the series with the Sun Devils 45-8, including a 23-3 advantage in games played in Los Angeles. USC has won four straight games in the series, including a sweep of the Sun Devils last season (a 68-65 victory on Jan. 17 in Tempe and a 65-50 win on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles). In 2000-01, ASU earned its first ever season sweep of the Women of Troy, while in 2001-02, 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.
USC is riding a four-game winning streak and is second in the league standings with a 4-1 Pac-10 record. The Women of Troy bring a 10-4 overall mark in the weekend and will take on Arizona on Friday before hosting ASU on Sunday afternoon. Freshman guard Brynn Cameron is leading the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game, while junior guard Meghan Gnekow is USC's top rebounder at 5.8 boards per contest (10th in the Pac-10).
Turner Thorne Tied for First in All-Time Wins at ASUWith a 134-116 record at ASU, ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne has tied the school mark for career victories and needs just one more win to become the all-time winningest coach in Arizona State women's basketball history. Turner Thorne is currently tied with Juliene Simpson who 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.
Last Time OutSenior guard Kylan Loney scored 15 and senior guard Carrie Buckner added 11 as 24th-ranked Arizona State won a defensive battle against California 66-57 Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
After Cal took an early five-point lead, the Sun Devils used a 9-2 run to go up 15-13. The Golden Bears tied it at 15 with 8:10 to play, but ASU got baskets from Loney and senior Betsy Boardman to regain the lead, which it didn't relinquish again in the half, at 19-15. The Sun Devils ended the half on an 8-0 run to take a 30-21 advantage into the locker room. Arizona State outshot Cal 50.0 percent to 29.2 and outrebounded the Bears 22-9 in the first half.
In the second half, the Golden Bears stormed back, scoring the first nine points of the period to tie the game at 30 with 16:38 to play. ASU, however, answered with an 11-0 run with five different players scoring to regain a 41-30 lead four minutes later. Cal would again cut into the advantage, getting within four points three times late in the second half. Loney knocked down a pair of pull-up jumpers to start a 9-0 ASU run which gave the Sun Devils a 60-47 lead with 1:34 to play, and the team came away with the 66-57 victory.
Loney knocked down 5-of-7 second-half shots and had 11 of her game-high 15 points in the final 20 minutes to lead ASU to the victory. Buckner tied her season highs with 11 points and five assists, grabbed a season-best eight rebounds and added three steals. Junior Amy Denson pulled down seven rebounds, including six offensive boards, for the Sun Devils who outrebounded the Bears 40-27 in the game, including a 16-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
For Cal, freshman center Jessica Lawson and senior guard Kristin Iwanaga led the team with 12 points apiece, while senior Leigh Gregory had six rebounds. The game saw 45 fouls called (26 by Cal) and a combined 47 turnovers.
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 15 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 times, including 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting Dec. 29 at Washington and 18 on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against Arizona. Westerberg turned in 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 win over No. 8 Connecticut and a career-best 22 Jan. 7 vs. eighth-ranked Stanford, 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 and ranked in the Pac-10's top 20 for scoring with less than one point separating the trio. Westerberg is leading the team and ranked 11th in the Pac-10 at 11.7 points per game, while Kovesdy checks in at 13th in the league at 11.3 points per game. Senior Kylan Loney is ranked 17th in the Pac-10 at 10.8 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. Sophomore Aubree Johnson and junior Amy Denson are leading the team with 4.5 rebounds per game a piece. Johnson had a season-high seven Jan. 7 vs. Stanford, whileDenson had seven, including a season-best six offensive boards, Jan. 9 against Cal. Senior Carrie Buckner trails closely behind at 4.4 rebounds per game, including a season-high eight rebounds Jan. 9 against the Golden Bears. Seven Sun Devils are averaging at least 2.0 boards per contest.
Road WarriorsAfter finishing with a 4-11 road record last year (4-8 away, 0-3 neutral), the Sun Devils have already turned in a 5-3 mark away from home this season, including an upset at then No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7 and a win in the team's Pac-10 opener at Washington State on Dec. 27. This season, ASU is 2-3 in away games and 3-0 at neutral-site contests, playing eight of its first 12 games of the year away from home.
Last year, ASU went 3-6 in Pac-10 road games with victories at California, Oregon State and Oregon. The team played six of its last eight games away from Wells Fargo Arena last season, dropping their last six (0-5 away, 0-1 neutral) with their last road win coming on Jan. 24 at Oregon.
Home-Court AdvantageThe Jan. 7 loss to No. 8/8 Stanford snapped ASU's 10-game winning streak at Wells Fargo Arena and marked the team's first loss at home since Jan. 14, 2004. Arizona State holds a 6-1 mark at home this year, including a Dec. 21 upset of No. 8 UConn and a victory over then No. 25 Arizona on Monday, and has won 11 of its 12 home games and 24 of the last 27. 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 68-15 record at home in the last six seasons (.819, 1999-00 to present) and a 45-8 mark at Wells Fargo Arena over the last four campaigns (.849).
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).
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 a 69-47 victory over Arizona on Jan. 3, 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 51.6 points per contest (eighth in the nation)
Arizona had come into the Jan. 3 game as the Pac-10 scoring leader at 73.5 points per game but was held 26.5 points below its season average. Last week's opponent, California, was the best three-point shooting team in the league at 45.7 percent (75-164) but was held to 0-of-5 shooting behind the arc against the Sun Devils. Cal senior guard Kristin Iwanaga was leading the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 65.8 percent (25-38) heading in last Sunday's game but got off just one trey vs. ASU (0-1 in the game).
In the RankingsArizona State, which has been receiving votes in every poll this season, is ranked 25th in this week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches' poll and is just out of the Associated Press poll (75 points to rank 26th). The team returned to the national polls three weeks ago, checking in at No. 21 in the Dec. 27 AP poll and No. 23 in the Dec. 28 coaches' rankings, and has been ranked in each of the last three coaches polls. 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.
Against Ranked OpponentsFriday's game against No. 19/19 UCLA will mark ASU's sixth game of the year against a team ranked in the national top 25. Arizona State holds a 3-2 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 61-50 upset of No. 8/8 Connecticut on Dec. 21 and a 67-49 victory over No. -/25 Arizona on Jan. 3. The team's losses have come at then No. 3/2 LSU on Nov. 12 and Jan. 7 against then No. 8/8 Stanford. 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, 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.
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 (51.6 points per game), rebounding defense (29.9 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (21.0 percent). Arizona State is also ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense. ASU has held 10 of its 15 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 33.7 rebounds per game and 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc (12,018 points, 6,538 rebounds, 524-1811 three-pointers, 194 games).
Westerberg's WaysWith 14.7 points per game in the last three tilts, sophomore forward Emily Westerberg has moved into the team scoring lead. She paces the team and ranks 11th in the Pac-10 with 11.7 points per game. Westerberg turned in a career-high 22 points Jan. 7 against No. 8 Stanford and is also leading the Sun Devils at 12.8 points per game in Pac-10 play. She is pacing the team with 10 games in double figures this season. Westerberg scored 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 upset of eighth-ranked Connecticut and finished second on the team with 13 points Jan. 3 vs. Arizona.
A first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season, Westerberg continues to be outstanding from the free throw line. She is ranked third in the Pac-10 and 30th in the nation at 86.5 percent from the charity stripe (45-52), including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 against the UConn Huskies and 6-of-7 night Jan. 7 against the Cardinal.
Keeping Up with KovesdyJunior forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh in the nation in field goal percentage this season, shooting 63.6 percent from the field (75-118). In the last six games, she has shot a blazing 72.7 percent from the field (32-44), 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 Jan. 3 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 (284-511).
Kovesdy is second on the team and ranked 13th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.3 points per game this season. She is second on the team 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 paced the team with 13 points at Washington on Dec. 29. She had a team-best 18 on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against then No. 25 Arizona.
Loney Lights It UpIncluding a 4-for-4 effort from three-point land Jan. 7 against No. 8 Stanford, senior guard Kylan Loney has knocked down 36.2 percent of her long-range attempts (25-69) this year (ninth in the Pac-10). 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 third on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. She had been leading the squad in scoring but has fallen to third after averaging just 4.6 points in the next 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 looks to break out of another shooting slump in the last six contests that has seen her shoot just 21.4 percent (6-28). 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 128 and needs just six 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 and ranks 20th in the NCAA with an average of 17.3 assists per game. In the last 11 games, the Sun Devils have averaged 18.3 assists per contest, including a season-high 30 Nov. Prairie View A&M (201 assists). In those 11 games, ASU has had an assist on 72.0 percent of its field goals made (201-279), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn and 18 of 23 Jan. 7 against Stanford.
Junior forward Amy Denson is leading the team (and just out of the Pac-10's top 10) with 2.7 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, just two assists behind Denson with 2.5 assists per game, including a season-high six Dec. 4 against Gonzaga. With 334 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.
Attendance RecordsWith 8,927 fans in attendance at the team's Dec. 21 upset of three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Arizona State broke the school single-game women's basketball attendance mark for Wells Fargo Arena. The team set the school single-game attendance record on Dec. 27, 2000 when 16,782 fans showed up to watch the team play Tennessee at Bank One Ballpark in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic. Prior to ASU's Dec. 21 victory over UConn, the biggest crowd to see a women's basketball game at Wells Fargo Arena came on Dec. 8, 2002 with 7,274 fans at the Notre Dame game in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II.
So far this season, ASU is averaging 2,943 fans per game, which is the highest total in school history and ranks 33rd in the nation. The 2000-01 Pac-10 co-championship squad set the school mark with 2,384 fans per home 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 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 17th in the country (Jan. 11 by 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
... This weekend's games will pit the Pac-10's top three leaders in steals. No. 19/19 UCLA leads the league with 12.3 steals per game, USC is second at 12.7 and ASU ranks third at 11.8 thefts per game.
... The Sun Devils are 11-0 on the season when scoring 60 points or more and holding opponents to 59 points or less.
... ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 and 35th in the nation with 11.8 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 12 of its 15 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 2.8 steals per game. She has averaged 3.1 steals per game in the last 10 games (31 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 197 steals in her four seasons in Tempe and needs one more to enter the top four.
... Despite leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 51.6 points per game, the Sun Devils gave up a season-high 68 points to Stanford on Jan. 7 and have allowed 62.5 ppg in the last two contests.
... Only four of ASU's opponents have shot more free throws than the Sun Devils this season (1-3 record in those games). The Sun Devils have attempted more free throws (301) than all but one team in the league (Cal at 316). ASU is averaging 20.1 free throws per game to 16.9 for its opponents, and are knocking down 66.1 percent of the team's attempts from the line.
... Senior guard/forward Betsy Boardman needs just 10 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 990 career points.
... Junior Amy Denson would rank ninth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 50.0 percent (42-84), but is three field goals short of the league's statistical minimum.
... 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 43.9 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.
... ASU has shot just 20.8 percent from three-point land in its last seven games (15-72), including a season-low 0-for-6 effort Jan. 9 against California. 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 had climbed as high as second in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting but have dropped to seventh after the team's recent drought (31.9 percent on the season, 51-160). 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).
... Seniors Kylan Loney and Betsy Boardman rank second (128) 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).
... 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 19.5 times per game.
... Arizona State is forcing an average of 24.4 turnovers per game by its opponents this season and ranks third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+4.9).
Up NextFollowing this week's games in Los Angeles, Arizona State returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 20 and 22, playing host to Oregon State and Oregon, respectively. The contest with the Beavers tips off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, while Fox Sports Net will broadcast the clash with the Ducks to a national television audience at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.
After taking on Oregon State and Oregon, the Sun Devils will hit the road for three games, traveling to Arizona, California and No. 6/4 Stanford over the next two weeks.
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