Women's Hoops Heads to the Bay Area This Weekend
Feb. 1, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Following a 56-49 loss to Arizona last week in Tucson, the Arizona State University Sun Devils continue the second half of Pac-10 play and wrap up a three-game road trip, traveling to the Bay Area to take on California (8-12, 2-9 Pac-10) and No. 4/2 Stanford (19-2, 10-1). The Sun Devils will take on the Golden Bears on Thursday night, while Saturday's tilt with the Cardinal will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. ASU heads into the weekend with a 14-6 overall record and a 6-4 Pac-10 mark. Winners of four of their last six games, the Sun Devils are in sixth place in the Pac-10 but stand just a half-game out of a tie for fourth and a game out of third. ASU heads to Berkeley looking to extend a streak of four straight wins over the Golden Bears, while the team travels to Palo Alto aiming to avenge their only home loss of the season, a 68-57 decision at the hands of the Cardinal on Jan. 7 in Tempe.
ExposureAll of ASU'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 available live on the internet at www.thesundevils.com.
Fox Sports Net will broadcast Saturday afternoon's game to a national television audience. The broadcast will mark the eighth television broadcast of the season for the Sun Devils who hold a 4-3 record when playing on live television this year.
In the Series with CaliforniaCalifornia holds a narrow 22-21 edge in the series with Arizona State, including a 13-9 mark in games played in Berkeley. ASU has won the last three games and nine of the last 12 in the series, including six straight in Tempe. The team has also earned victories in three of the last four meetings at Cal's Haas Pavilion. Earlier this season, the Sun Devils turned in a 66-57 victory over the Golden Bears on Jan. 9 at Wells Fargo Arena. Senior Kylan Loney had a game-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead the Sun Devils, while senior Carrie Buckner added 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals. 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 Feb. 5.
Cal brings an 8-12 overall record and a 2-9 Pac-10 mark into Thursday night's game. The Golden Bears have lost their last seven games, all in Pac-10 play. Senior forward Leigh Gregory leads three Bears in double figures for scoring with 12.5 points per game (10th in the Pac-10), while freshman center Jessica Lawson is pacing the club with 4.9 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga continues to lead the league in three-point shooting, knocking down 64.0 percent of her long-range attempts (32-50).
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.
In the Series with StanfordStanford holds a 37-10 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona State, including a 21-1 advantage in games played in Palo Alto. The Cardinal won the first meeting of the season between the two teams with a 68-57 victory in Tempe on Jan. 7. Sophomore Emily Westerberg had 22 points in the game for ASU, but it wasn't enough to overcome 31 points by freshman Candice Wiggins. Last year, 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. ASU's lone victory at Stanford came during the 1983-84 season when the Sun Devils came away from Maples Pavilion with an 84-72 victory on March 3, 1984.
Stanford, which is ranked fourth and second in this week's polls, brings a 10-game winning streak into the weekend and will play host to Arizona on Thursday night. The Cardinal is 17-2 overall and 10-1 in the Pac-10 this season, earning a road sweep of Washington and Washington State last week. Stanford has won its last 17 home games and its last 33 Pac-10 contests at Maples Pavilion. Freshman guard Candace Wiggins is leading the team and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 16.7 points per game, while junior center Brooke Smith, a transfer from Duke, is contributing 12.0 points (9th) and 5.3 rebounds per contest (12th). Senior forward T'Nae Thiel is the Cardinal's top rebounder with 5.4 boards per game, which ranks 11th in the league statistics.
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.
Road WarriorsThis week's games at Cal and Stanford end a three-game road stretch for ASU. The team is in a midst of a stretch of five of seven contests on the road. After finishing with a 4-11 road record last year (4-8 away, 0-3 neutral), the Sun Devils have turned in a 6-5 mark away from home this season, including an upset at then No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7, a win in the team's Pac-10 opener at Washington State on Dec. 27 and a Jan. 14 victory at No. 19/19 UCLA. This season, ASU is 3-5 in away games and 3-0 at neutral-site contests, playing eight of its first 12 games of the year and four of its first seven Pac-10 games away from home.
ASU already has a pair of league road wins (at WSU and at 19th-ranked UCLA) this season after going 3-6 in Pac-10 road games last year (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).
Defense Against Pac-10 OpponentsFor the second time this season, Arizona State set the school record for fewest points allowed in a Pac-10 game, holding Oregon State to just 38 in its 50-38 victory on Jan. 20. Earlier this season, ASU had held Washington State to 39 points in a Dec. 27 win. Arizona State allowed then No. 19 UCLA 42 points in its Jan. 14 victory, 31 points below the Bruins' then league-leading average of 73.0 points per game. ASU's 44 points in that game marked the fewest points that the Sun Devils have ever scored in a victory.
Including a 69-47 victory over Arizona on Jan. 3, the Sun Devils have held a Pac-10 opponent to 50 points or fewer four times this year and 14 times in ASU's 19 years in the league. Thirteen of those 14 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 (2000-01 and 2001-02) and set the Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed at 59.1 points per game in 2001-02. This year, the Sun Devils are allowing a league-low 52.0 points per contest (eighth in the nation), while last year, ASU finished second in the league in scoring defense at 61.1 points per game.
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. 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 Jan. 9 against the Sun Devils. Cal senior guard Kristin Iwanaga was pacing the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 65.8 percent (25-38) heading in the game but got off just one trey vs. ASU (0-1).
Turner Thorne First in All-Time Wins at ASUWith Arizona State's 44-42 victory over then No. 19 UCLA on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles, ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne became the all-time winningest coach in Arizona State women's basketball history. She now holds a 137-118 record at ASU and has passed Juliene Simpson who notched a 134-92 mark in eight seasons in Tempe (1979-87). Turner Thorne tied Simpson's mark with ASU's Jan. 9 win over California.
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 OutThree Sun Devils scored in double figures, but it wasn't enough as ASU fell at Arizona 56-49 last Wednesday night at the McKale Center.
After Arizona took an early 4-0 lead, the Sun Devils scored eight of the next 11 points to take a 12-7 advantage with 13:53 to play. Arizona tied it up at 18 and scored the next five to go up 23-18 with 4:18 left in the opening frame. Senior Kylan Loney knocked down a three-pointer and then added a jumper to three seconds left to begin and end an 8-0 run that gave ASU a 26-23 halftime advantage. ASU shot 45.5 percent and outrebounded Arizona 19-12 in the first half.
Loney knocked down a jumper to put the Sun Devils up 29-23 at the beginning of the second half, but Arizona scored the next 17 points, including five from senior Dee-Dee Wheeler, to take a 40-29 lead with 10:19 to play. The Wildcats pushed their lead to 14 points, 46-32 with 6:49 to play. Loney and fellow senior Betsy Boardman knocked down a pair of three-pointers to cut the lead to eight.
The Sun Devils then pulled within three points, 52-49 with 57 seconds left in the game with an 11-6 run that included four points each from sophomore Emily Westerberg and junior Kristen Kovesdy. Arizona, however, knocked down all four of its free throw attempts over the final seconds to come away with the 56-49 victory.
Westerberg led the Sun Devils with 12 points, while Kovesdy and Loney each added 10. With her pair of three-pointers, Loney became ASU's career leader with 135 three-pointers made. Kovesdy and sophomore Aubree Johnson led the Sun Devils with seven rebounds apiece.
Arizona freshman guard Jessica Arnold led the team with 14 points, while Wheeler and Polk each had 11. The Sun Devils held the Wildcats to 56 points, 16 below their average of 73.0 per game, but couldn't overcome 19.4 percent shooting in the second half.
Loney Sets Career Three-Point MarksWith a pair of three-pointers last week at Arizona, senior Kylan Loney set the school record for career three-pointers made. The 2004 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has now drained 135 treys in her career, passing Crystal Cobb who had 134 from 1989-94. Fellow senior Betsy Boardman ranks third on the ASU career list with 124 three-pointers made, while Loney has also surpassed Cobb's career mark of 392 three-point tries with 393.
Loney has knocked down five of 11 long-range attempts in the last two games and is on her way to shaking the slump that has seen her shoot just 23.6 percent (13-55) from beyond the arc in the last 12 contests. This season, she has shot 33.3 percent from three-point land (32-96) but just 27.1 percent in Pac-10 play (13-48).
Loney, who finished sixth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting last year at 37.8 percent, shot just 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-12) in the first three games of this season but knocked down 58.6 percent of her threes (17-29) in the next five. She 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).
Loney ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game. She had been leading the squad in scoring but has fallen to third with 8.3 points per game in league action. 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. Against Stanford on Jan. 7, she knocked down 4-of-4 three-pointers and finished second on the team with 14 points.
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 20 games. Sophomore Emily Westerberg scored a career-best (and team season-high) 26 points in a Jan. 22 win over Oregon, while senior Betsy Boardman and junior Kristen Kovesdy each had 13 points in a Jan. 20 victory over Oregon State. ASU has three players averaging in double figures for scoring with less than two points separating the trio. Westerberg is leading the team and ranked 13th in the Pac-10 at 11.7 points per game, while Kovesdy checks in at 16th in the league at 10.8 points per game. Senior Kylan Loney is just out of the Pac-10 statistics at 10.0 points per game. In a 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.
Kovesdy has led the team in scoring seven times, including 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against Arizona. Westerberg has accomplished the feat six times, turning in 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 win over No. 8 Connecticut and 22 Jan. 7 vs. eighth-ranked Stanford, while Loney scored a season-high 23 points, including 5-of-9 three-point attempts, in ASU's Dec. 7 victory at then No. 11/14 Georgia.
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. Westerberg is leading the team with 4.8 rebounds per game, including an average of 7.4 boards in the last five games, while sophomore Aubree Johnson (4.6), junior Amy Denson (4.5), and senior Carrie Buckner (4.3) trail closely behind. Westerberg pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds Jan. 20 against Oregon State, while Johnson had a season-best nine rebounds in that game and seven two days later against Oregon. Denson pulled down seven rebounds, including a season-best six offensive boards, Jan. 9 against Cal and had seven Jan. 22 against the Ducks. Buckner grabbed a season-high eight rebounds Jan. 9 against the Golden Bears. Seven Sun Devils are averaging at least 2.0 boards per contest.
Westerberg's WaysSophomore forward Emily Westerberg is leading the Sun Devils and ranked 13th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.7 points per game. She is also ASU's top rebounder this year, pulling down 4.8 boards per game. In Pac-10 play, Westerberg is averaging 12.3 points (10th) and 6.0 rebounds per game (T8th) to pace the squad, including 22 points Jan. 7 against Stanford and a career-best 26 Jan. 22 against Oregon.
Westerberg has turned in a team-best 12 games in double figures this season. She scored 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 upset of eighth-ranked Connecticut and has moved into the team rebounding lead after averaging 7.4 boards per game in the last five contests, including 11 Jan. 14 at UCLA and a career-best 14 Jan. 20 vs. Oregon State.
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 27th in the nation at 86.7 percent from the charity stripe (65-75), including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 against UConn. In the last five games, Westerberg has made 87.0 percent of her free throw attempts (20-23), including a perfect 8-for-8 afternoon Jan. 22 against the Ducks.
Getting It Done on DefenseArizona State has established itself as one of the top defensive teams in the Pac-10 Conference and the nation. 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 (52.0 points per game), rebounding defense (31.3 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (23.5 percent). Arizona State is also ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense. ASU has held 13 of its 20 opponents under 60 points and four under 40 points, setting the school record for fewest points by a Pac-10 opponent in a 50-38 win over Oregon State on Jan. 20. The Sun Devils tied the school record for fewest points allowed (in all games) 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 61.7 points and 33.7 rebounds per game and 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc (12,285 points, 6,715 rebounds, 541-1872 three-pointers, 199 games).
Keeping Up with KovesdyJunior forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage this season, shooting 61.9 percent from the field (96-155). She would also rank eighth in the NCAA but falls four field goals short of the statistical minimum (5.0 per game). In Pac-10 play, Kovesdy has shot 62.7 percent from the field (47-75), including 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 ASU career field goal percentage chart at 55.7 percent (305-548).
Kovesdy is second on the team and 16th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 10.8 points per game this season, less than a point behind sophomore Emily Westerberg for the team lead (11.7). Kovesdy has paced the Sun Devils in scoring in a team-best seven games and is second on the team with 11 games in double figures for scoring. She led the Sun Devils 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. On 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 also had a team-best 18 on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against then No. 25 Arizona.
Against Ranked OpponentsArizona State holds a 4-2 record against ranked opponents this season, including a 61-50 upset of No. 8/8 Connecticut on Dec. 21, a 67-49 victory over No. -/25 Arizona on Jan. 3 and a 44-42 win over then No. 19/19 UCLA Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. The team's losses have come at then No. 3/2 LSU on Nov. 12 and Jan. 7 against then No. 8/8 Stanford. ASU's 67-57 win at No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7 marked the team'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
A Little Help From Their FriendsArizona State ranks third in the Pac-10 and 35th in the NCAA with an average of 16.2 assists per game. The Sun Devils have had assists on 70.1 percent of their field goals this season (324 on 462 field goals), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn, 18 of 23 Jan. 7 against Stanford and 13 of 15 Jan. 20 against Oregon State.
Like in scoring and rebounding, the Sun Devils have remarkable balance in assists with three players nearly tied for the team lead at 2.3 assists per game apiece. Junior forward Amy Denson leads the team with 46 assists, while senior guards Kylan Loney and Carrie Buckner each have 45. Sophomore Emily Westerberg is just behind with 2.1 dishes per contest (42 assists). Denson turned in a career-best seven in ASU's Nov. 27 win over Prairie View. Denson 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.
Buckner has averaged 2.7 assists per game in league play (27) and has the best overall assist-to-turnover ratio on the squad (1.36) with 45 assists and 33 turnovers. She would rank fifth in the Pac-10 in the category but falls short of the minimum of 3.0 assists per game.
Loney dished out a season-high six Dec. 4 against Gonzaga. With 343 assists in her four years at ASU, Loney is ranked seventh on the ASU career lists and should finish her career in ASU's top five.
Sun Devil Quick Hits
... ASU, which leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (52.0 ppg), rebounding defense (31.3 rpg) and three-point defense (23.5 percent), will face the Pac-10 leader in each category this weekend. Cal paces the league in three-point shooting at 42.1 percent, while Stanford is second at 36.9 percent. The Cardinal also leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 76.6 points per game and rebounding at 40.6 boards per contest.
... The Sun Devils have averaged just 52.4 points per game in their last five contests. The team scored 74 points in a Jan. 22 victory over Oregon, snapping a stretch that had seen the Sun Devils score just 46.3 points per game and turn in three of their four lowest scoring outputs of the year in the previous three contests. ASU's 74 points against the Ducks marked the most points for the team in 13 games, since a 77-58 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 4.
... ASU is on pace to set its school single-season marks for both scoring and rebounding defense. The Sun Devils are allowing just 52.0 points and 31.3 rebounds per game, while the school records are 59.1 points and 32.2 boards per contest and were set by the 2001-02 and 2003-04 Sun Devil teams, respectively.
... Sophomore Aubree Johnson has stepped up her rebounding in Pac-10 play, averaging 5.2 boards per game in league play compared to 4.6 in all games. She had a season-high nine rebounds Jan. 20 against Oregon State and has averaged 7.7 boards in the last three contests. Johnson and junior Amy Denson each had seven rebounds to lead the team in its Jan. 22 win over Oregon.
... Senior guard/forward Betsy Boardman made her first two starts of the season Jan. 20 and 22 against Oregon State and Oregon. With 13 points Jan. 20 against Oregon State, she became 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 in each knee), now has 1,016 career points. Boardman has played in 111 career games with 92 starts and has averaged 9.2 points per game in her ASU career.
... The Sun Devils hold an 12-0 record this season when scoring 60 points or more and are 13-1 when holding teams to 59 points or less.
... ASU is 12-1 when leading at halftime. The team lost its first game when leading at the half last week at Arizona. The Sun Devils led 27-23 at halftime in Tucson but were outscored 33-22 in the second half in the 56-49 loss.
... Arizona State is shooting just 26.2 percent from three-point land in Pac-10 play (32-122), compared to 31.2 percent in all games. On the flip side, the Sun Devils are only allowing Pac-10 opponents to shoot a conference-low 21.0 percent from beyond the arc (22-105).
... ASU had its best three-point shooting effort since beginning Pac-10 play in its Jan. 22 win over the Ducks. The team knocked down 40.0 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (6-15) against Oregon.
... Turnovers have troubled the Sun Devils in league play. ASU is averaging 20.0 turnovers per game in Pac-10 action and holds a -0.4 turnover margin since beginning conference play on Dec. 27.
... ASU averaged 25.0 miscues per game in its first three contests of the season but had just 16.7 in its next seven non-conference games. On the season, ASU is turning the ball over 19.7 times and forcing 22.7 turnovers per game (fifth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +3.05).
... Only seven of ASU's 20 opponents have shot more free throws than the Sun Devils this season (2-5 record in those games). The team has a season average of 19.5 free throw attempts per game and is connecting on just 66.7 percent of the team's attempts from the line (seventh in the Pac-10).
... ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 with 10.9 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 14 of its 20 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 sixth in the Pac-10 with 2.4 steals per game. She had a season-high five in ASU's Dec. 4 win over Gonzaga and five again Dec. 29 at Washington. Buckner is ranked fourth on the ASU career list with 202 steals in her four seasons in Tempe.
... Freshman Reagan Pariseau has shot 50.0 percent from the field in the last six games (9-18), including 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. She led the team with 11 points with three treys in ASU's Jan. 14 win over UCLA. She also tied a career high with four assists Jan. 16 at USC. Pariseau is averaging 4.1 points per game and is second on the team in free throw percentage, knocking down 75.0 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe (27-36).
... ASU has shot just 25.2 percent from three-point land in its last 11 games (36-143), including a season-low 0-for-6 effort Jan. 9 against California and a 1-of-11 night Jan. 20 vs. Oregon State. 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 eighth after the team's recent drought (31.2 percent on the season, 72-231). 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).
Up NextFollowing this week's trip to the Bay Arena, Arizona State returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 10 and 12, playing host to USC and UCLA, respectively. The Sun Devils have won 13 of their last 14 home games.
The team completes its stretch of five of seven games on the road the following week, traveling to Oregon and Oregon State on Feb. 17 and 19 and wraps up the regular season on Feb. 24 and 26 with Washington and Washington State at Wells Fargo Arena.
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