No. 10 ASU Women's Basketball Hosts UT-San Antonio on Monday Night
Dec. 18, 2005
The No. 10 Arizona State women's basketball team will look to extend its five-game winning streak on Monday night when it hosts the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.
A win against the Roadrunners would give ASU its best start (9-1) under head coach Charli Turner Thorne. A win would also tie ASU's second-longest winning streak under Turner Thorne. The most consecutive games won by an ASU squad coached by Turner Thorne is seven (2000-01 team and 2001-02 team).
The Sun Devils are coming off a 68-52 victory at Fresno State last Thursday. Junior F Emily Westerberg led the way for ASU, scoring 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. As a team, the Sun Devils shot over 50 percent for the third consecutive game (51.9 percent).
The Roadrunners enter Monday's game with a 5-3 record. This will be their first game since Dec. 3 when they defeated Davidson 75-69.
RADIO: Monday's game can be heard live on the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 6 p.m. It can also be heard tape-delayed on KXAM 1310 AM with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball. He will be joined on the broadcast by Seth Sulka, General Manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
TOY DRIVE TO TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY NIGHT: The UPS Store and Arizona State University Athletics are teaming up to bring holiday cheer to area children. The UPS Store and ASU will be hosting a 'Toys for Tots' charity drive at Monda night's ASU vs. UT-San Antonio women's basketball game. Fans who donate toys will receive two free upper level tickets to the game. The UPS Store will collect the unwrapped toys at both the east and the west main entrances of Wells Fargo Area.
DID YOU KNOW? Arizona State's current No. 10 ranking in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches poll marks the first time in 22 years that the Sun Devils have cracked the top 10 in one of the major polls. The last time ASU was ranked in the top 10 was when it was No. 10 in the AP poll the week of Jan. 22, 1983. The highest ranking the Sun Devils have ever achieved is No. 9 (AP poll, January 9, 1983).
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (155-123), Turner Thorne has led the Sun Devils to a school record six consecutive post season appearances (NCAA Tournament in 2001-02 and 2005, WNIT in 2000, 2003-04 ... Last season, Turner Thorne guided ASU to a 24-10 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years ... Led her 2001-02 team to a 25-9 record, tying the ASU record for wins in a single season ... Guided ASU to a share of the Pac-10 title in 2001 and the Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002, the first league championships in school history ... Led Northern Arizona University to consecutive winning seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96, the first coach in school history to accomplish that feat ... As a player, lettered four years at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer ... Graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and later earned her master's degree in education from Washington in 1990. Career Record: 195-163
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS UT-SAN ANTONIO: This will be the third ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Roadrunners. The Sun Devils have been victorious in the previous two meetings, winning 70-35 on the road in 1999 (Dec. 19) and 57-40 at home in the 2000-01 season opener (Nov. 18).
ASU DURING ITS CURRENT FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK ... Averaging 78.4 points per game and has out-scored its opponents by an average of 22.0 points per game. The Sun Devils have jumped on their opponents early, out-scoring them 209-129 in the first half. In their last five games, ASU has led by 16 (vs. Mississippi St.), 24 (vs. Memphis), nine (vs. Western Kentucky), 16 (vs. New Mexico) and 15 points (at Fresno State) at the half. In the first half of those five games, ASU has shot 55.3 percent from the field compared to 43.5 percent for the opposition. Furthermore, the Sun Devils are plus-26 (68-42) in the turnover department in the first half of those games and have scored 67 points off those 68 forced turnovers compared to 35 points for their opponents. Shooting 49.8 percent from the field. Has made 10 more three-point field goals (22-12) than its opponents. Is shooting 78.1 percent from the free throw line and has made 30 more free throws (82-52) than the opposition. Has almost double the number of its opponents assists (109-56). Has out-rebounded its opponents 193-138, an average of +11.0 rebounds per game. The 54 rebounds ASU had vs. Memphis were its most since grabbing 55 vs. UCLA on January 16, 2003 ... Its 24 offensive rebounds were also the most since its 24 offensive rebounds vs. UCLA (1/16/03). Senior F Kristen Kovesdy is leading the Sun Devils in rebounding during their current winning streak, averaging 7.6 per game. Redshirt junior G Jill Noe has led the team in scoring the last five games, averaging 12.4 points per game. She is shooting 50.0 percent during that span from both the field (18-36) and from three-point range (9-18). Also averaging double figures the last four games have been senior F Kristen Kovesdy (11.6 points per game, .568 percent from the field), senior F Amy Denson (11.0 points per game, 57.1 percent from the field) and junior F Emily Westerberg (10.8 points per game). Sophomore G Reagan Pariseau has 20 assists to only eight turnovers and is shooting 57.1 percent from both the field (8-14) and three-point range (4-7).
HOME SWEET HOME: With their victory over New Mexico on December 6, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 12 games. The Sun Devils are now 30-2 in regular season home games going back to the 2003-04 season. In those 32 games the Sun Devils are out-scoring their opponents by more than 16 points (71.2 - 54.8) and are shooting almost seven percentage points higher (45.1 - 38.2).
SHOOTING FOR THE TOP: Despite shooting 42 percent in the season's first two games, including 15 percent from three-point range, ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne insisted that she had no concerns about her team's shooting. It is now easy to see why. Coming into this week's game, the Sun Devils are shooting 49.2 percent from the field. In their last seven games the Sun Devils are shooting 51.2 percent from the field, including 39.7 percent from three-point range (29-73).
SUN DEVILS REBOUND FROM LOSS (LITERALLY): In their 79-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina earlier this season, the Sun Devils were out-rebounded by the Tar Heels (38-28), the first time and only time this season that ASU had fewer rebounds than its opponent. Following the loss, ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne felt it was rebounding that made the difference in the game.
'Our inability to rebound hurt us,' said Turner Thorne. 'We did not box out and do the things we talked about doing when it came to rebounding and that is what made the difference.'
The following night against Mississippi State, the Sun Devils dominated the Lady Bulldogs, winning by a 22-point margin, 70-48. In the rebounding department the Sun Devils responded to Turner Thorne's challenge to rebound better, grabbing 13 more rebounds than the Lady Bulldogs (34-21). In fact the 21 rebounds by Mississippi State are tied for the fewest rebounds by a Pac-10 opponent this season.
The Sun Devils would take it a step further one week later vs. Memphis and Western Kentucky in which they would post their two highest rebound totals of the season. Against Memphis the Sun Devils grabbed 54 rebounds, their most since grabbing 55 vs. UCLA on January 16, 2003. Their 24 offensive rebounds vs. the Tigers were also the most since their 24 offensive rebounds vs. UCLA (1/16/03). The following night against Western Kentucky, ASU tallied 38 rebounds to 27 for the Lady Toppers.
During their current five-game winning streak, the Sun Devils have out-rebounded their opponents 193-138, an average of +11.0 rebounds per game.
KOVESDY NAMED ONE OF 30 FINALISTS FOR BAYER ADVANTAGE SENIOR CLASS AWARD: ASU senior F Kristen Kovesdy was recently named one of 30 finalists for the Bayer Advantage Senior Class Award, which is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball. From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February as the conference season hits its peak. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide voting process during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with results from voting by coaches and media to determine the winner. ASU's all-time leader in field goal percentage, Kovesdy currently leads the Sun Devils in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game, and leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.595).
FREE THROWS: ASU has nine players averaging 10 or more minutes per game ... Jill Noe's 20 points against North Carolina are the most by a Sun Devil in any game this season ... Noe has made almost half (15/32) of ASU's three-point FGs thus far this season ... Freshman G Danielle Orsillo has averaged 12.5 points and shot 56.3 percent fron the field in ASU's last two games ... ASU has had the same starting five in every game this season: Reagan Pariseau (G), Jill Noe (G), Emily Westerberg (F), Aubree Johnson (F) and Kristen Kovesdy (F/C) ... Westerberg leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game, averaging 27.4 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (18.3) ... In their nine games the Sun Devils have been led in scoring by four different players -- Noe (3), Westerberg (3), Kovesdy (2), Denson (1).
KOVESDY CLIMBS THE CHARTS: With seven points in ASU's 68-52 victory over Fresno State last Thursday, senior F/C Kristen Kovesdy passed former Sun Devil Betsy Boardman for sole possession of 10th place on ASU's all-time scoring list. Kovesdy now needs 63 points to pass former Sun Devil Jovonne Smith (1,134 points, 1989-93) for No. 9 on the all-time list and 77 points to pass former Sun Devil Lisa Salsman (1,148 points, 1989-93) for No. 8 on the all-time scoring list.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLI? Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne added another great accomplishment to her coaching dossier last week when it was revealed that ASU was ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. For the Sun Devils it was their first appearance in the top 10 of a major poll in 22 years. If the figure `22 years' sounds familiar it's because last season Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 22 years.
Currently in the midst of her 10th season in Tempe, Turner Thorne has more than established the Sun Devils as one of the teams to watch on an annual basis in the Pac-10 Conference. In fact, since the 2000-01 season, the Sun Devils have won the second-highest number of overall games (110) in the Pac-10 Conference.
Turner Thorne is currently No. 8 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 155. With six more wins, Turner Thorne will pass former Oregon head coach Jody Runge for No. 7 on the Pac-10's all-time list. With five more wins, Turner Thorne will earn the 200th overall coaching victory of her career.
NEXT GAME: The Sun Devils return to action on Thursday night (7 p.m.) when they travel to Tucson to face in-state rival Arizona.
2005-06 Arizona State Women's BasketballPlayer Notes
#2 Reagan Pariseau A starter in all nine games in 2005, is currently averaging 4.6 points per game. Is currently shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12). Has 20 assists to only eight turnovers during ASU's current five-game winning streak. Played in all 34 games with one start as a freshman. One of four players on the roster from the state of Washington, Pariseau was a high school teammate of current Sun Devil F Emily Westerberg.
#4 Emily Westerberg Is currently second on the team in scoring (12.1 points per game), rebounding (5.0 per game) and assists (2.9 per game) and first in steals (2.1 per game).. Currently leads the team in minutes, averaging 27.4 per game. Was named to the WBCA/BTI Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in ASU's season opening wins against Vanderbilt (Nov. 11) and Missouri (Nov. 12). Last season became the second sophomore (Kym Hampton) in school history to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. One of four players on the roster from the state of Washington, Westerberg was a high school teammate of current Sun Devil G Reagan Pariseau.
#10 Lavinia Fanika Has played in one game this season, recording three minutes against Memphis (Dec. 2).
#11 Kate Engelbrecht Has appeared in all nine games for Arizona State, averaging 6.3 minutes per game. Is currently shooting 80.0 percent from the field (8-10). Made all five of her shots and had a career-high 11 points vs. Memphis (Dec. 2).
#13 Danielle Orsillo In ASU's last two games, has shot 56.3 percent from the field and averaged 12.5 points. Scored a career-best 16 points (6-11 shooting) in only 18 minutes in ASU's 73-61 victory over No. 18 New Mexico (Dec. 6). Added nine points on 3-5 shooting at Fresno State (Dec. 15). Is currently first on the team in free throw shooting percentage (17-19, 89.5 percent). A 2005 graduate of Las Plumas High School in Oroville, Calif., finished her high school career third (3,340 points) on the state of California's all-time scoring list behind Charde Houston and Cheryl Miller. Has played the guitar since she was seven years old.
#15 Cristina Lopez Has appeared in seven games this season as she continues to recover from major shoulder surgery she had earlier this year.
#20 Briann January Is averaging the most minutes (18.3) of players coming off the bench, and has played 20 or more minutes in each of the last three games. Had a career-best 11 points in ASU's 78-64 victory over Western Kentucky (Dec. 3). One of four players on the roster from the state of Washington, January was an AAU teammate of current Sun Devil G Reagan Pariseau. Holds a black belt in karate. Her father (Barry) is a karate instructor.
#22 Jill Noe A member of the All-Pac-10 freshman team in 2002-03, Noe returned to the starting line-up this year after missing the last two seasons because of ACL injuries incurred before the start of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Is currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game. Has recorded the two highest single-game point totals -- 20 vs. North Carolina (Nov. 25) and 19 vs. Memphis (Dec. 2) -- for ASU this season. Has led the team in scoring during ASU's current five-game winning streak, averaging 12.4 points per game while also shooting 50 percent (18-36) from the field during that span, including 50 percent (9-18) from three-point range.
#23 Kirsten Thompson Is currently shooting 53.8 percent from the field (14-26). Tallied a team single-game best four blocked shots vs. Memphis (Dec. 2). One of four players on the roster from the state of Washington, Thompson was the first girls basketball player from the state to be named a McDonald's All-American.
#32 Aubree Johnson A starter in every game this season, is currently shooting 51.1 percent from the field (24-47) and 80 percent from the free throw line (12-15). Had a season-best 11 points in ASU's victory over Memphis (Dec. 3). Has won the team's academic award each of the last two seasons (was a co-winner last season).
#33 Amy Denson Has appeared in all nine games and is currently averaging 17.7 minutes per game. Is averaging 11.0 points and is shooting 57.1 percent in her last five games. Was named the MVP of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic after averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds in ASU's victories over Memphis and Western Kentucky. Tied her career best with 18 points in ASU's 78-64 win vs. Western Kentucky (Dec. 3).
#34 YoVanna Rosenthal Has appeared in all nine games, averaging 6.4 minutes per game. Had a season-best seven points to go along with three assists in ASU victory over Memphis (Dec. 2). One of three players on the roster (Kate Engelbrecht, Kristen Kovesdy) from Arizona.
#54 Kristen Kovesdy ASU's all-time leader in FG pct. (.568), is currently leading the Pac-10 in FG pct. (.595) and is leading the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). Is currently No. 10 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,072 points. Needs 63 points to pass former Sun Devil Jovonne Smith (1,134 points, 1989-93) for No. 9 on the all-time list and 77 points to pass former Sun Devil Lisa Salsman (1,148 points, 1989-93) for No. 8 on the all-time scoring list. Was named the MVP of the season-opening WBCA/BTI Classic after averaging 15.0 points on 63.2 percent shooting and 7.0 rebounds in ASU's victories over No. 16 Vanberbilt (Nov. 11) and Missouri (Nov. 12). Was named to the All-Tournament team of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic after averaging 14 points and 11.5 rebounds in ASU wins over Memphis (Dec. 2) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 3). One of 30 finalists for the Bayer Advantage Senior Class Award, which is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.