ASU Women's Basketball To Host Two Exhibition Games This Weekend

Nov. 3, 2005

THIS WEEK: The No. 18 Arizona State University women's basketball hosts the first of two exhibition games this Friday night when it takes on Love and Basketball at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Following a day off, the Sun Devils will have one more preseason contest against the Australian Team. That contest is scheduled for a noon tipoff on Sunday. All Sun Devil fans are reminded that Sunday's game versus the Australian team is free to the public.

Coming off its third ever appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the ASU women's basketball team enters the 2005-06 season looking to ascend to heights never before reached in the history of the ASU women's basketball program. With three starters returning from a year ago along with several key contributors and a strong freshman class, the Sun Devils have high expectations entering this season. As the all-time leader in wins in ASU women's basketball history, Sun Devils head coach Charli Turner Thorne will be looking to lead ASU into the postseason for the seventh consecutive season in 2005-06.

ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne ON THIS WEEKEND: 'I think this weekend will be a great opportunity to see where we are at as a team. This is the real thing in terms of a game-type atmosphere. Having these two games allows us to experiment with some different lineups in addition to helping the team shake off some of the rust from the offseason. Ideally, no one player will play any more than 20 minutes in each game this weekend. Everyone should get an opportunity to get in there and see what they can do.'

ASU RANKED NO. 18 IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Arizona State women's basketball team is ranked No. 18 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll released earlier this week. For ASU, the No. 18 ranking represents the highest ranking for the women's basketball program at any point in the month of November since the 1983-84 squad was ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Writers Poll (Nov. 18, 1983). ASU is one of three Pac-10 teams who are ranked in the preseason Top 25. Also making the cut were Stanford (No. 10) and Southern California (No. 22). 'I think it is a nice honor and it is indicative of the success we had last year,' said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne about ASU's ranking. 'While it is always great to be recognized the important thing to keep in mind is that preseason rankings mean very little. In the long run our team's focus is where we'll be in the final poll of the year.'

SUN DEVILS PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN THE PAC-10: ASU was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 at the conference's media day which was held on Wednesday in San Jose, Calif. Last season, the Sun Devils were also picked to finish fourth and ended up finishing tied for second with a 12-6 conference mark. Individually speaking, junior forward Emily Westerberg was named to the Pac-10's 2005-06 Preseason All-Conference Team.

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