Women's Hoops Heads to Oregon, Oregon State
Feb. 15, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Following victories over USC and UCLA last week in Tempe, the Arizona State University Sun Devils head to the state of Oregon for their final regular-season Pac-10 road trip this weekend. ASU travels to Oregon on Thursday and to Oregon State on Saturday with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (8 p.m. Mountain). Winners of their last two contests and five of their last seven games, the Sun Devils hold a 17-7 overall record and a 9-5 Pac-10 mark this season, which puts them into a three-way tie for third place in the league standings. The team is just a half-game behind second-place USC (10-5 in the Pac-10). The Sun Devils hit the road this weekend looking for their fourth straight win in the series with both Oregon and Oregon State as well as their second straight season sweep over both clubs.
In the Series with OregonOregon leads the series with ASU 26-16 dating back to the first meeting between the two teams in 1980-81. Arizona State has gotten the better of the series of late, winning the last three games and seven of the last eight contests between the two squads, including a 74-65 victory on Jan. 22 in Tempe. Sophomore Emily Westerberg scored 17 of her career-best 26 points in the second half of that game. The Sun Devils swept the series last year, snagging a 69-67 victory at McArthur Court on Jan. 24 and a 65-40 win at Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 19. Oregon holds a 15-5 advantage in games played in Eugene, but ASU has won three of the last four contests at Oregon's McArthur Court. ASU is 5-1 in its last six games at McArthur Court after capturing the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002 with wins over Arizona, Oregon and then second-ranked Stanford.
Oregon holds a 16-7 overall record and is part of the three-way tie for third in the Pac-10 with a 9-5 league mark. The Ducks hold a perfect 7-0 Pac-10 record at McArthur Court this season, including a 62-58 win over Stanford on Dec. 29. The team had a four-game league winning streak snapped by Washington last Saturday with a 87-51 defeat in Seattle. Senior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld is pacing Oregon in scoring with 15.0 points (seventh in the Pac-10) and 9.0 rebounds per game (second in the league), while senior forward Andrea Bills is adding 11.5 points (13th) and 6.9 boards per contest (fifth).
In the Series with Oregon StateArizona State holds a 20-19 advantage in the series with Oregon State dating back to the 1983-84 season, while the Beavers lead the series 13-6 in games played in Corvallis. ASU has won the last three games and five of the last six games in the series, including a 50-38 victory on Jan. 20 in Tempe. ASU set the school record for fewest points allowed in a Pac-10 game, and senior Betsy Boardman and junior Kristen Kovesdy each had 13 points to lead the Sun Devils to that win earlier this season. Last year, the Sun Devils earned their first sweep in the series since 1998-99 with a 63-56 victory in Corvallis on Jan. 22 and a 73-60 win in Tempe on Feb. 21. That victory at OSU's Gill Coliseum snapped ASU's four-game losing streak in that building and was their first in Corvallis since 1998-99.
Oregon State brings a 6-18 overall record and a 1-13 Pac-10 mark into the weekend and will play host to Arizona on Thursday night. The Beavers have lost their last three games and eight consecutive Pac-10 contests. Senior guard Shannon Howell continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.7 points per game, while junior forward Kim Butler, a transfer from Santa Clara, is adding 10.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn is the team's top rebounder at 4.9 boards per game.
Oregon PipelineThe Sun Devils have four players on the roster who hail from the state of Oregon in seniors Betsy Boardman (Portland) and Carrie Buckner (Corvallis), junior Amy Denson (Central Point) and redshirt sophomore Jill Noe (Tualatin). Boardman came to ASU from Beaverton High School where she was an honorable-mention high school All-American in each of her last three seasons and runner-up for Oregon Player of the Year following her senior season. In 2000, Boardman led her Beavers to the school's first Metro League championship and was selected as the league's MVP. A three-time all-league selection and the 2001 Valley League Player of the Year, Buckner helped her Crescent Valley High School to its eighth straight Valley League title as a senior and earned all-tournament honors at the Oregon 4A state tournament.
Denson was the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oregon after leading her Crater High School team to its second straight league title. The Oregonian's 4A State Player of the Year, she set the school career scoring record with 1,326 points in just three years and led the state in scoring as a senior with 20.7 points per game. Noe, who has been out for two seasons with ACL tears, came to ASU from Wilsonville High School where she was named the state 3A Player of the Year in each of her last two years. Noe led her team to back-to-back 3A state titles in her final two seasons and was a three-time Tri-Valley League MVP.
Road WarriorsASU's Feb. 5 game at No. 4/2 Stanford ended a three-game road stretch for ASU, while this week's trip to Oregon and Oregon State completes 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 7-6 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 4-6 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 matched its three league road wins from all of last season. This year, the team has won at Washington State, at 19th-ranked UCLA and at California, while last year ASU was 3-6 in Pac-10 road games (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).
Double TroubleAfter going through the first 22 games of the season without a double-double, ASU has had a player accomplish one in each of the last two games. Junior Kristen Kovesdy turned in 13 points and 10 rebounds Feb. 10 against USC for her fifth career double-double, while sophomore Emily Westerberg notched the first of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds Feb. 12 against UCLA. Double-doubles are a relatively rare thing for ASU's balanced scoring and rebounding attack as the team had just two all of last season as well.
Pac-10 VictoriesWith a 9-5 Pac-10 mark with four regular-season games left, the Sun Devils have a chance to tie or set the school record for Pac-10 wins. ASU has won a school-record 12 Pac-10 games twice. In 2000-01, ASU went 12-6 and captured a share of the Pac-10 championship, while in 2001-02, the team matched that mark in conference regular-season play before going on to win the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament. Last year, the team turned in an 11-7 Pac-10 record, which marked the fifth time that ASU has reached double figures for league wins (three times under Charli Turner Thorne). The Sun Devils have finished in the top half of the Pac-10 standings in three of the last four years.
ASU was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 by the media and the league's coaches in this year's preseason poll. Last season, ASU was picked fourth by the media and fifth by the coaches and ended up in a tie for third place in the final league standings.
More Balanced Than A ScaleThe Sun Devils have gotten balanced scoring so far this year with six different players leading the team in scoring in the team's 24 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 Kovesdy tied her season high with 21 points Jan. 3 against Cal, including 19 in the second half, while Westerberg and senior Kylan Loney each added 16 points vs. the Golden Bears. Last weekend, Kovesdy and Loney finished with 14 and 13 points, vs. USC, respectively, while Kovesdy and Boardman scored 17 and 16 points in the win over the UCLA Bruins.
ASU has three players averaging in double figures and ranked in the Pac-10's top 20 for scoring with less than two points separating the trio. Westerberg is leading the team and ranked 12th in the league at 11.6 points per game, while Kovesdy checks in at 14th in the Pac-10 at 11.5 points per game. Loney is third on the team and tied for 18th in the league at 10.2 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 nine times, including 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 against Arizona and 21 Feb. 3 vs. Cal. 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 and ranked 17th in the Pac-10 with 5.0 rebounds per game, including an average of 7.0 boards in the last nine games (63), while sophomore Aubree Johnson (4.6), senior Carrie Buckner (4.3) and junior Amy Denson (3.9) 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 again 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.
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 Feb. 10 49-45 victory over USC, the Sun Devils have held a Pac-10 opponent to 50 points or fewer five times this year and 15 times in ASU's 19 years in the league. Fourteen of those 15 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 53.0 points per contest (ninth in the nation), while last year, ASU finished second in the league in scoring defense at 61.1 points per game.
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 140-119 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 OutJunior Kristen Kovesdy scored 17 points to lead three Sun Devils in double figures as ASU cruised to an 80-59 victory over UCLA and a season sweep of the Bruins last Saturday in Tempe.
ASU opened the game with a 6-0 run, holding the Bruins scoreless for the first five minutes, and never looked back. The Sun Devils took control of the game for good with a 15-1 run to go up 23-7 with 4:28 to play. Senior Betsy Boardman led the Sun Devils with 11 first-half points off the bench, including three three-pointers, as ASU cruised to a 33-17 halftime lead.
ASU scored the first four points in the second half to go up by 20 points, 37-17 with 19:19 to play. The Bruins never got closer than 17 points in the contest. The Sun Devils led by as many as 32 points en route to the 80-59 victory, the most points scored by the team in a Pac-10 game this season.
After going scoreless but pulling down seven rebounds in the first half, sophomore Emily Westerberg finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career and ASU's second this season. Kovesdy led the team with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Boardman finished with a season-high 16 points, going 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point land. Senior Lauren Stagg tied her career high with eight points, while Stagg and sophomore Aubree Johnson each had six rebounds for ASU.
The Sun Devils shot 52.9 percent in the game and outrebounded the Bruins 43-28.
Junior Nikki Blue had a season-high 32 points, but junior Lisa Willis, who got her 12th and 13th points on free throws with 13 seconds left, was the only other Bruin in double figures. Blue, who had only five points at halftime, scored 12 in the first 6:05 of the second half but couldn't match the Sun Devils' balanced offense.
Loney Sets Career Three-Point MarksSenior Kylan Loney is the ASU career-leading three-point shooter, draining 145 three-pointers in her four years in Tempe. The 2004 first-team All-Pac-10 selection set the ASU career mark with a pair of treys Jan. 26 at Arizona, passing Crystal Cobb who had 134 from 1989-94. Fellow senior Betsy Boardman ranks third on the ASU career list with 129 three-pointers made, while Loney has also surpassed Cobb's career mark of 392 three-point tries with 411.
Loney has shot 50.0 percent of her long-range attempts over the past five games (15-30), including a 4-of-5 evening Feb. 3 at Cal and a perfect 3-for-3 effort Feb. 5 at No. 4/2 Stanford. She is on the way to shaking the slump that had seen her shoot just 18.2 percent (8-44) from beyond the arc in the previous 10 contests. This season, she has shot 36.5 percent from three-point land (42-115). Loney ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (1.75 per game) and is shooting 34.3 percent in Pac-10 play (23-67).
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 and tied for 18th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 10.2 points per game. She had been leading the squad in scoring but has fallen to third with 9.2 points per game in league action. Loney has started to heat up a bit recently, leading the team in scoring in two of the last three contests, including a game-high 14 in last week's win over USC. She has averaged 11.5 points in the last six games (69 points)
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, while she had a team-best 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting Feb. 5 at Stanford.
Keeping Up with KovesdyAfter leading the league all season, junior forward Kristen Kovesdy is now second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, shooting 61.1 percent from the field (118-193). She would also rank eighth in the NCAA but falls two field goals short of the statistical minimum (5.0 per game). In Pac-10 play, Kovesdy has also shot 61.1 percent from the field (69-113), 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 55.8 percent (327-586).
Kovesdy is second on the team and 14th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.5 points per game this season, just 0.1 ppg behind sophomore Emily Westerberg for the team lead (11.6). Kovesdy has paced the Sun Devils in scoring in a team-best nine games and is second on the squad with 14 games in double figures for scoring. Last week, she turned in the team's first double-double of the season with 13 points and season-high 10 rebounds against USC and had 17 points in just 19 minutes against UCLA.
Kovesdy 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 vs. then No. 25 Arizona.
Westerberg's WaysSophomore forward Emily Westerberg is leading the Sun Devils and ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.6 points per game. She is also ASU's top rebounder this year, pulling down 5.0 boards per game, which ranks 17th in the league. In Pac-10 play, Westerberg is averaging 12.0 points (10th in the league) and 6.1 rebounds per game (sixth) 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 15 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 7.0 boards per game in the last nine contests (63), including 11 Jan. 14 at UCLA, a career-best 14 Jan. 20 vs. Oregon State and nine Feb. 3 at California. She turned in the first double-double of her career last week with 10 points and 11 rebounds against the UCLA Bruins.
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 37th in the nation at 84.4 percent from the charity stripe (76-90), including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 against UConn and 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 (53.0 points per game), rebounding defense (31.9 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (24.1 percent). Arizona State is also ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense. ASU has held 16 of its 24 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 61.6 points and 33.8 rebounds per game and 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc (12,512 points, 6,854 rebounds, 551-1909 three-pointers, 203 games).
A Little Help From Their FriendsArizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 and 29th in the NCAA with an average of 16.5 assists per game. The Sun Devils have had assists on 71.7 percent of their field goals this season (396 on 553 field goals), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn, 13 of 15 Jan. 20 against Oregon State and 24 of 27 last week against UCLA. With four regular-season games to play, ASU is just 80 assists shy of the school record of 476 assists set by the 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament championship team. Last year, ASU finished just one assist shy of the school record with 475 (16.4 dishes per game).
Like in scoring and rebounding, the Sun Devils have remarkable balance in assists with senior guard Kylan Loney averaging 2.4 assists per game and senior Carrie Buckner and sophomore Emily Westerberg tied for second on the team at 2.3. Loney has 58 assists, while Buckner and Westerberg each have 55 on the year. Junior forward Amy Denson (52, 2.17 pg) and freshman guard Reagan Pariseau (46, 1.92) trail right behind. 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 (2.7) and Westerberg (2.6) are pacing the team in assists in league play, while Buckner has the best overall assist-to-turnover ratio on the squad (1.49) with 52 assists and 34 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, and with 356 assists in her four years at ASU, she is ranked seventh on the ASU career lists and should finish her career in ASU's top five.
Sun Devil Quick Hits
... Eight Sun Devils turned in at least two assists in last Saturday's win over UCLA.
... ASU's 80 points last week against the Bruins marked the highest scoring game for ASU in Pac-10 play this season. It was also the second-highest scoring total of the season for the team, trailing just a 102-30 win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 27.
... Arizona State's bench outscored the UCLA bench 38-3 in last week's victory. On the year, ASU is getting 20.6 points per game from the nine Sun Devils currently coming off the bench.
... Senior Lauren Stagg has turned it up a notch in the last two contests, averaging 4.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in those two games. She tied her career high with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting last week against UCLA.
... ASU has held eight teams to 50 points or fewer this season, including five Pac-10 opponents. The team holds a 8-0 record when holding teams under 50 points this season, while head coach Charli Turner Thorne is 35-2 in her nine years at ASU when the Sun Devils hold teams to 50 or fewer points.
... ASU shot just 23.1 percent from three-point land (3-13, 0-6 in the second half) vs. USC on Feb. 10. The Sun Devils had shot 48.3 percent from three-point land in their previous two games (14-29) up from their season percentage of 33.0. The team shot 58.3 percent from three-point land Feb. 3 at Cal, making seven of 12 three-pointers. That marked ASU's best long-range shooting performance since the team drained a season-high 60.0 percent of its treys in a Nov. 27 win over Prairie View A&M (9-15).
... Arizona State has averaged just 57.8 points per game in the last nine contests (520 total points) but has won six of those nine games. ASU is scoring an average of 59.6 points per league outing compared to 63.1 points per game overall.
... ASU holds an 8-0 mark when scoring 70 points or more this year. The Sun Devils hold a 14-0 record this season when scoring 60 points or more and are 16-1 when holding teams to 59 points or less.
... ASU is on pace to set its school single-season marks for both scoring and rebounding defense. The Sun Devils are allowing just 53.0 points and 31.9 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.
... Junior Kristen Kovesdy is also on pace to set ASU's single-season field goal percentage mark. She is shooting 61.1 percent from the field this year, while Monique Ambers holds the school mark with a 58.8 percent effort in 1992-93 (142-243).
... Sophomore forwards Emily Westerberg and Aubree Johnson have both stepped up their rebounding during league play. Westerberg is grabbing 6.1 boards per league contest up from 5.0 in all games, while Johnson is pulling down 5.0 rebounds in Pac-10 action compared to 4.6 in all games. Johnson had a season-high nine rebounds Jan. 20 against Oregon State and has averaged 5.9 boards in the last seven games, leading the team in the category in three of the seven.
... With the team's Feb. 10 win over USC, ASU improved to 2-0 with Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano serving as a guest coach. Napolitano sat on the bench with the Sun Devils during the game, participated in team huddles and attended pre-game, halftime and post-game locker room meetings. Napolitano also presided over a 65-40 win over Oregon on Feb. 19, 2004.
... 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 1,039 career points. Boardman has played in 115 career games with 92 starts and has averaged 9.0 points per game in her ASU career.
... ASU is 15-1 when leading at halftime this season. The team lost its first game when leading at the half Jan. 26 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.
... Turnovers have troubled the Sun Devils this season. ASU is averaging 20.3 turnovers per game and forcing 19.9 in Pac-10 action (-0.4 turnover margin). On the season, ASU is turning the ball over 19.9 times and forcing 22.3 turnovers per game (fifth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +2.46). 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.
... Only nine of ASU's 24 opponents have shot more free throws than the Sun Devils this season (3-6 record in those games). The team has a season average of 19.6 free throw attempts per game and is connecting on just 66.8 percent of the team's attempts from the line (seventh in the Pac-10).
... ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 with 10.7 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 16 of its 24 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 2.2 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 208 steals in her four seasons in Tempe.
Up NextThe Sun Devils will wrap up the regular season on Feb. 24 and 26 with Washington and Washington State at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU will honor its four seniors - Betsy Boardman, Carrie Buckner, Kylan Loney and Lauren Stagg, prior to the game with the Cougars. Looking for their sixth straight postseason appearance and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, the Sun Devils will head to San Jose, Calif., for the fourth annual Pac-10 Conference Tournament March 4-7.