Women's Hoops Wraps Up Regular Season with Washington, WSU
Feb. 22, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After a split at Oregon and Oregon State last week, the Arizona State University Sun Devils wrap up the regular season this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena, playing host to Washington (12-14, 8-8) on Thursday night and Washington State (6-19, 2-14) on Saturday afternoon. Thursday's game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by AZ-TV, while Saturday's Senior Day contest will tip off at 4 p.m. Winners of three of their last four games, the Sun Devils hold an 18-8 overall record and a 10-6 Pac-10 mark, which puts them in a tie for fourth place, just one game out of second and a half-game out of third. Seeding for next week's Pac-10 Conference Tournament in San Jose, Calif., will be determined at the conclusion of Saturday's games. ASU has won its last five games at Wells Fargo Arena and 15 of its last 16. This week, the Sun Devils look to extend a three-game home winning streak over the Huskies and continue their seven-game winning stretch over the Cougars at Wells Fargo Arena.
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 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.
AZ-TV will broadcast the Washington game to a statewide audience with George Allen, Doug Gerlach and Kelly Burke (sidelines) calling the action. The broadcast will mark the 11th TV game of the season for the Devils who hold a 5-1 record when playing on AZ-TV this year.
Senior FinaleASU will honor its four outstanding senior guards - Betsy Boardman, Carrie Buckner, Kylan Loney and Lauren Stagg - prior to Saturday's game with Washington State. The quartet will be playing in their final regular-season home game of the year. The four players have helped ASU to several of the most successful seasons in school history, including the Pac-10 Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002 and postseason appearances in each of their four years. Boardman, a fifth-year senior, also played on ASU's 2001 Pac-10 co-championship squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
In the Series With WashingtonWashington leads the series with ASU 26-13, while the Sun Devils hold a 10-9 advantage in games played in Tempe. ASU has won its last three home games over Washington and six of the last seven meetings between the two teams at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU's only loss in that stretch was a 66-62 defeat on Jan. 11, 2001. That stretch of home success dates back to the 1997-98 season when ASU dealt then undefeated and seventh-ranked Washington a 77-76 loss on Jan. 8, 1998 in Tempe. The Huskies won the first game between the two teams this season with a 63-55 victory in Seattle on Dec. 29, while the teams split a pair of meetings last year with each school winning on its home floor. The Sun Devils downed the Huskies 84-81 in overtime on Dec. 29, 2003 at Wells Fargo Arena, while UW got the best of ASU 63-55 on Feb. 26, 2004 in Seattle.
Washington holds a 12-14 overall record and an 8-8 Pac-10 mark this season. The Huskies have won their last three games, including a 76-72 victory over Washington State last Saturday in Seattle. UW has four players averaging nine points per game or better, led by senior guard Kayla Burt at 9.3 points per game. Sophomore forward Jill Bell adds 9.2 points per contest and is the Huskies' top rebounder and ranked 10th in the league at 5.4 boards per game.
In the Series With Washington StateASU holds a 25-12 advantage in the series with Washington State and has won 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Cougars. The Sun Devils lead the series 15-3 in games played in Tempe and have won the last seven meetings between the two teams at Wells Fargo Arena. This season, ASU opened Pac-10 play with a 67-39 victory over WSU on Dec. 27 in Pullman, while last year, the teams split a pair of meetings. ASU began league action with a 68-61 victory in Tempe on Dec. 27, 2003, and WSU got a 75-72 victory on Feb. 28, 2003 in Pullman.
The Cougars bring a 6-19 overall record and a 2-14 Pac-10 mark into Saturday's game and will travel to Arizona on Thursday night. WSU got its second Pac-10 win of the season with a 68-63 defeat of Oregon State on Feb. 12 but fell at Washington 76-72 last weekend. Sophomores Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson are pacing the team and ranked 16th and 20th in the Pac-10 in scoring with 10.4 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Benz is also averaging a league-best 9.4 rebounds per contest.
Washington NativesASU has three players on its current rosters who hail from eastern Washington/Idaho. Sophomore forward Emily Westerberg (Greenacres, Wash.) and freshman point guard Reagan Pariseau (Spokane, Wash.) were teammates at Spokane's Central Valley High School, while the pair played for the Spokane Stars AAU team with sophomore forward Aubree Johnson, a Post Falls, Idaho, native.
The Sun Devils will have two more players from the Evergreen state on its roster next season when Kirsten Thompson, a 6-6 center from Monroe, Wash., and Briann January, a 5-8 guard from Spokane, Wash., join the squad. Thompson and January signed letters of intent with the Sun Devils in November and were both recently named honorable-mention Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-Americans.
Home-Court AdvantageArizona State holds a 10-1 mark at home this year, including a Dec. 21 upset of No. 8 UConn. Including victories over USC and UCLA on Feb. 10 and 12, the Sun Devils have won five straight home games, 15 of their last 16 home contests and 28 of the last 31 at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU's Jan. 7 loss to No. 8/8 Stanford snapped the team's 10-game winning streak at Wells Fargo Arena and marked the team's first loss at home since Jan. 14, 2004. 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 72-15 record at home in the last six seasons (.828, 1999-00 to present) and a 49-8 mark at Wells Fargo Arena over the last four campaigns (.860).
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).
Pac-10 VictoriesWith a 10-6 Pac-10 mark with two regular-season games left, the Sun Devils have a chance to tie their school record for Pac-10 wins. It also marks the sixth time in school history that ASU has reached double figures for Pac-10 wins (four times under Charli Turner Thorne). 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 tied for third in the league with an 11-7 record. 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.
Double TroubleAfter going through the first 22 games of the season without a double-double, ASU has had a player accomplish one in three of the last four 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. Junior Amy Denson turned in her first double-double of the year and the fourth of her career last week at Oregon with 16 points and 10 rebounds. 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.
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 26 games. Junior Amy Denson has come off the bench to lead the team in scoring in each of the last two games and has paced the squad five times this year. She turned in a season-best 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting Feb. 17 at Oregon and then bested that mark two days later, tying her career high with 18 points Feb. 19 at Oregon State.
ASU has two players averaging in double figures and ranked in the Pac-10's top 20 for scoring (and another just under 10 points per game) with less than two points separating the trio. Sophomore Emily Westerberg is leading the team and ranked 10th in the league at 11.7 points per game, while junior Kristen Kovesdy checks in at 13th in the Pac-10 at 10.7 points per game. Senior Kylan Loney is third on the team and just out of the league's top 20 at 9.8 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 a season-high 21 Feb. 3 at California (19 in the second half). Westerberg has accomplished the feat six times, turning in 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 win over No. 8 Connecticut and a career-best (and team season-high) 26 points in a Jan. 22 win over Oregon, 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 20th in the Pac-10 with 4.9 rebounds per game, including an average of 6.4 boards in the last 11 games (70), while sophomore Aubree Johnson (4.5), senior Carrie Buckner (4.2) and junior Amy Denson (4.1) 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 a season-high 10 rebounds last week at Oregon, while Buckner grabbed a season-best eight Jan. 9 vs. Cal. 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 53.6 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 ASU'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 University women's basketball history. She now holds a 141-120 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 and Central Point, Ore., native Amy Denson tied her career best with 18 points to lead ASU to a 66-56 win at Oregon State at Gill Coliseum last Saturday.
After falling behind 8-5 early in the first half, the Sun Devils used a 9-0 run, including a pair of buckets by sophomore Aubree Johnson, to go up 14-8 with 12:24 to play and took the lead for good. The Beavers would cut the lead to one, but Denson scored seven straight points, including a three-pointer, to give ASU a seven-point lead, 24-17 with 6:55 remaining in the half. Senior Kylan Loney scored the final four points of the opening frame to give ASU a 36-27 halftime advantage. Denson and Johnson each had seven points to lead the Sun Devils in the first half, while OSU junior Kim Butler led all scorers with nine points.
In the second half, ASU missed its first four shots but made four free throws to go up by 11. OSU got as close as seven points, cutting the lead to 42-35 with 11:12 to play, but the Sun Devils scored the next five points, a run capped off by a three-point play by Denson, to go up 47-35 with 9:59 remaining. The Beavers would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way, and ASU made 16-of-18 free throws in the second half to hold on for the 66-56 victory.
Denson led all scorers and tied her career high with 18 points, making 6-of-8 shots from the field and all five of her free throw attempts. Johnson tied her career best with 13 points, while fellow sophomore Emily Westerberg also added 13 points and led ASU with four rebounds. Senior Carrie Buckner, a Corvallis native, tied her season high with five steals.
Butler led three Beavers in double figures with 15 points, while sophomore Casey Bunn had a game-high seven rebounds.
Westerberg's WaysSophomore forward Emily Westerberg is leading the Sun Devils and ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.7 points per game. She is also ASU's top rebounder this year, pulling down 4.9 boards per game, which ranks 20th in the league. In Pac-10 play, Westerberg is averaging 12.1 points (ninth in the league) and 5.8 rebounds per game (ninth) 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 17 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 6.4 boards per game in the last 11 contests (70). She pulled down 11 rebounds Jan. 14 at UCLA and had a career-best 14 Jan. 20 vs. Oregon State. She turned in her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. UCLA on Feb. 12.
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 29th in the nation at 84.9 percent from the charity stripe (79-93), 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 (53.6 points per game), rebounding defense (31.9 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (23.4 percent). Arizona State is also ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense. ASU has held 17 of its 26 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 33.7 rebounds per game and 28.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc (12,634 points, 6,918 rebounds, 554-1928 three-pointers, 205 games).
A Little Help From Their FriendsArizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 and 29th in the NCAA with an average of 16.3 assists per game. The Sun Devils have had assists on 70.7 percent of their field goals this season (424 on 600 field goals), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn, 13 of 15 Jan. 20 against Oregon State and 24 of 27 Feb. 12 against UCLA. With two regular-season games to play, ASU is just 52 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 2.5 assists per game, and senior Carrie Buckner (2.3) and sophomore Emily Westerberg (2.2) following closely behind. Loney has 64 assists, while Buckner and Westerberg have 61 and 57 on the year, respectively. Junior forward Amy Denson (53, 2.0 pg) and freshman guard Reagan Pariseau (51, 2.0) 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 (2.5) 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 61 assists and 41 turnovers. She would rank fourth 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 360 assists in her four years at ASU, she is ranked sixth on the ASU career lists and should finish her career in ASU's top five.
Loney Sets Career Three-Point MarksSenior Kylan Loney is ASU's career-leading three-point shooter, draining 146 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 130 three-pointers made, while Loney has also surpassed Cobb's career mark of 392 three-point tries with 416.
Loney has shot 42.1 percent of her long-range attempts over the past seven games (16-38), 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 35.0 percent from three-point land (43-123) and is just out of the Pac-10's top 10 for shooting percentage. Loney ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (1.65 per game) and is shooting 32.0 percent in Pac-10 play (24-75).
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 just out of the Pac-10's top 20) in scoring at 9.8 points per game. She had been leading the squad in scoring but has fallen to third with 8.8 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 five contests, including a game-high 14 in a Feb. 10 win over USC.
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 59.2 percent from the field (119-201). In Pac-10 play, Kovesdy has also shot 57.9 percent from the field (70-121), 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.
Kovesdy already ranks second on the ASU career field goal percentage chart at 55.2 percent (328-594), and at 59.2 percent this year, she is on pace to set ASU's single-season shooting mark. Monique Ambers holds the school mark with a 58.8 percent effort in 1992-93 (142-243).
Kovesdy is second on the team and 13th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 10.7 points per game this season, just one point behind sophomore Emily Westerberg for the team lead (11.7). 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. She turned in the team's first double-double of the season with 13 points and season-high 10 rebounds Feb. 10 against USC and had 17 points in just 19 minutes Feb. 12 vs. UCLA.
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 she also had a team-best 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting Jan. 3 vs. then No. 25 Arizona.
Sun Devil Quick Hits
... ASU has shot 47.7 percent from the field in the last three games (74-155), up from the team's season percentage of 42.2. The past three games have seen the team turn in two of its best shooting efforts since starting Pac-10 play. The team shot a league play-best 52.9 percent Feb. 12 against UCLA and buried 45.5 percent of its attempts Feb. 17 at Oregon.
... The Sun Devil bench has averaged 31.0 points per game in the last three contests and has outscored its opponents 93-29 in the last three games, including a 38-3 advantage in its Feb. 12 victory over UCLA and a 27-10 edge last week at Oregon. On the season, ASU is getting 21.2 points per game from the nine Sun Devils currently coming off the bench.
... Junior Amy Denson came off the bench to average 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in just 18.5 minutes of action last weekend in the state of Oregon. She shot 63.2 percent from the field (12-19) and 90.0 percent from the free throw line (9-10) against the Ducks and the Beavers.
... The Sun Devils got just 7.5 points per game from two of its three top scorers last weekend in Oregon. Junior Kristen Kovesdy came into the weekend averaging 11.6 points per game but had just 2.0 ppg vs. Oregon and OSU, while senior Kylan Loney delivered 5.5 ppg last week, down from her average of 10.2 ppg heading into the week.
... ASU is on pace to set its school single-season marks for both scoring and rebounding defense. The Sun Devils are allowing just 53.6 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.
... ASU's 80 points Feb. 12 vs. UCLA 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.
... 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.
... Arizona State has averaged just 58.6 points per game in the last 11 contests (645 total points) but has won seven of those 11 games. ASU is scoring an average of 59.9 points per league outing compared to 63.0 points per game overall.
... ASU holds an 8-0 mark when scoring 70 points or more this year. The Sun Devils hold a 15-0 record this season when scoring 60 points or more and are 17-1 when holding teams to 59 points or less.
... Sophomore forwards Emily Westerberg and Aubree Johnson have both stepped up their rebounding during league play. Westerberg is grabbing 5.8 boards per league contest up from 4.9 in all games, while Johnson is pulling down 4.8 rebounds in Pac-10 action compared to 4.5 in all games.
... 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 1,042 career points. Boardman has played in 117 career games with 92 starts and has averaged 8.9 points per game in her ASU career.
... ASU is 16-1 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 and forcing 20.1 turnovers per game in Pac-10 action (-0.1 turnover margin). On the season, ASU is turning the ball over 19.8 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.
... Just 11 of ASU's 26 opponents have shot more free throws than the Sun Devils this season (4-7 record in those games). The team has a season average of 19.3 free throw attempts per game and is connecting on 67.5 percent of its attempts (seventh in the Pac-10).
... ASU ranks third in the Pac-10 and 46th in the NCAA with 10.8 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 17 of its 26 games this year. The team 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 and had 16 in last week's win at Oregon State.
... Senior Carrie Buckner is leading the team and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 2.4 steals per game. She has had a season-high five steals three times this year, most recently last week at Oregon State. Buckner is ranked fourth on the ASU career list with 216 steals in her four seasons in Tempe.
March MadnessArizona State University and Wells Fargo Arena have been selected to host one of four regionals of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. ASU will play host to games in the Tempe Regional on March 26 and 28. Tickets for the NCAA Tempe Regional are on sale now at the ASU ticket office, by calling (480) 965-2381 or by logging on to www.thesundevils.com.
Up NextFollowing this week's regular-season finale, the Sun Devils will head to San Jose, Calif., for the fourth annual State Farm Pac-10 Conference Tournament March 4-7. Seeding and pairings for the Pac-10 Tournament will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 26 following the conclusion of the regular season. ASU heads into tournament play looking for its sixth straight postseason appearance and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002. The bracket for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will be announced on Sunday, March 13 on ESPN.
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