No. 9 ASU Women's Basketball Travels to Los Angeles to Take on USC
Jan. 5, 2006
Winners of nine consecutive games and off to its best ever start in Pac-10 conference play (3-0), the No. 9 Arizona State (12-1) women's basketball team will look to set the school record for most consecutive victories when it takes on the USC Women of Troy on Friday night (8 p.m. AZ time) in Los Angeles.
RADIO: Friday's game can be heard live both on KXAM 1310 AM and the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR Currently 12-1, the Sun Devils are off to their best start since the 1982-83 season when they were 14-1. Their 3-0 conference record represents their best ever start in Pac-10 play. ASU's No. 9 ranking in both the USA TODAY/ESPN coaches poll and the Associated Press writers poll matches the highest ranking in school history (January, 1983). ASU's current nine-game winning streak ties its best in school history. The Sun Devils have won their last four road games going back to last season. ASU enters this week's game No. 1 in the Pac-10 in FG pct. (48.1), rebounding margin (+7.8 per game), assists (20.23 per game) and turnover margin (+4.46 per game). ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne needs one more win to reach 200 for her career. With two more wins, Turner Thorne will pass former Oregon head coach Jody Runge for No. 7 on the Pac-10's all-time wins list. Senior F Kristen Kovesdy enters Friday's game No. 9 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Kovesdy will needs 14 more points to pass former Sun Devil Lisa Salsman (1,148 points) for No. 8 on ASU's all-time scoring list.
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (159-123), 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: 199-163
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS USC: USC leads the series with the Sun Devils 45-9, including a 21-6 advantage in games played in Los Angeles. ASU's 49-45 win last February snapped a five-game USC winning streak in the series. In 2000-01, ASU earned its only season sweep over the Women of Troy, while in 2001-02 the teams split the two meetings with USC earning a 68-49 victory on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles and ASU getting a 67-60 win on Feb. 14 in Tempe.
ASU DURING ITS CURRENT NINE-GAME WINNING STREAK ... Averaging 76.6 points per game and has out-scored its opponents by an average of 20.7 points per game. The Sun Devils have jumped on their opponents early, out-scoring them 327-224 in the first half. ASU's average first half lead has been 11.4 points. Furthermore, the Sun Devils are plus-41 (120-79) in the forced turnover department in the first half of those games and have scored 113 points off those 102 forced turnovers compared to 53 points for their opponents. Shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Has made 16 more three-point field goals (35-19) than its opponents. Is shooting 76.1 percent from the free throw line and has made 52 more free throws (140-88) than the opposition. Has more than double the number of its opponents assists (192-93). Has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of +10.2 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 7.7 per game. Kovesdy has led the team during its nine-game winning streak, averaging 13.4 points per game. She is shooting 57.6 percent during that span. Also averaging double figures the last nine games have been redshirt junior G Jill Noe (11.6 ppg) and junior F Emily Westerberg (10.6 ppg). Sophomore G Reagan Pariseau has 32 assists to only 14 turnovers and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field (16-32), including 45.0 percent from three-point range (9-20). Pariseau had a season-best 10 points (all in the second half) in ASU's 83-59 win over Arizona (Dec. 22). Coming off the bench, senior Amy Denson has averaged 7.7 points (50.0 FG pct.) and 4.2 rebounds.
HOME SWEET HOME: With their 72-47 victory over Washington State on December 31, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 15 games. The Sun Devils are now 33-2 in regular season home games going back to the 2003-04 season. In those 35 games the Sun Devils are out-scoring their opponents by more than 16 points (71.2 - 54.7) and are shooting more than six percentage points higher (44.9 - 38.4).
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 No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 10 in the nation in shooting percentage, shooting 48.1 percent.
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 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 (Dec. 2) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 3) in which they would post two of their 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.
Coming into this week's game, the Sun Devils are No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+7.8). During their current nine-game winning streak, the Sun Devils have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of +10.2 rebounds per game. Last week both Washington and Washington State came into their respective games with ASU ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin. After getting out-rebounded by the Huskies 24-22 in the first half, the Sun Devils would respond in the second half, out-rebounding Washington 20-13. For the game, ASU out-rebounded Washington 42-37. Against Washington State, the Sun Devils controlled the boards throughout the game, out-rebounding the Cougars 22-15 in the first half and 41-24 for the game.
Currently leading ASU in rebounding is senior F Kristen Kovesday, who is averaging 7.0 per game. Also playing a big role in ASU's rebounding success is junior F Emily Westerberg, who is averaging 5.1 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 and currently tied for No. 9 on its all-time scoring list, Kovesdy currently leads the Sun Devils in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) and is No. 2 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (59.0 percent). Last week against Washington (Dec. 29), Kovesdy scored 23 of her season-best 27 points in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils to a 64-51 victory over the Huskies.
KOVESDY CLIMBS THE CHARTS: With six points in ASU's 72-47 victory over Washington State last Saturday, senior F Kristen Kovesdy passed former Sun Devil Jovonne Smith (1,134 points, 1989-93) for No. 9 on the all-time scoring list. Kovesdy now needs 14 more points to pass former Sun Devil Lisa Salsman (1,148 points, 1989-93) for No. 8 on the all-time scoring list.
FREE THROWS: ASU has nine players averaging 10 or more minutes per game ... Kristen Kovesdy's 29 points against Washington (Dec. 29) are the most by a Sun Devil in any game this season ... 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 26.8 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (19.2). She has played 20 or more minutes in six of ASU's last seven games ... Freshman G Kate Engelbrecht has made the most of the shots she has taken, having hit 68 percent of them (13-19) ... In their 13 games the Sun Devils have been led in scoring by fiver different players -- Denson, January, Kovesdy, Noe and Westerberg ... According to CollegeRPI.com, the Sun Devils are No. 5 in the nation in RPI (a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule). Their strength of schedule is ranked No. 12 in the country.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLI? Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne added another great accomplishment to her coaching dossier last month 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 (114) in the Pac-10 Conference.
Turner Thorne is currently No. 8 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 159. With two more wins, Turner Thorne will pass former Oregon head coach Jody Runge for No. 7 on the Pac-10's all-time list. With one more win, Turner Thorne will earn the 200th overall coaching victory of her career.
2005-06 Arizona State Women's BasketballPlayer Notes
#2 Reagan Pariseau G 5-5 So./1V Spokane, Wash. A starter in every game in 2005, is currently averaging 5.5 points per game. Had a season-best 10 points (all in the second half) at Arizona (Dec. 22). Is currently shooting 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25). Has 32 assists to only 14 turnovers during ASU's current nine-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 F 6-0 Jr./2V Greenacres, Wash. Is currently second on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.1 per game) and is third on the team in field goal pct (52.0). Currently leads the team in minutes, averaging 26.8 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 G 5-8 Fr./HS Millbrae, Calif. Has played in two games this season (vs. Memphis Dec. 2 and at Arizona Dec. 22).
#11 Kate Engelbrecht G 5-10 Fr./HS Tucson, Ariz. Has appeared in every game for Arizona State, averaging 7.3 minutes per game. Is currently shooting 68.4 percent from the field (13-19). Made all five of her shots and had a career-high 11 points vs. Memphis (Dec. 2). Made all five of her shots and scored 10 points at Arizona (Dec. 22).
#13 Danielle Orsillo G 5-9 Fr./HS Oroville, Calif. 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 tied for first on the team in free throw shooting percentage (18-21, 85.7 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 F 6-0 Fr./HS Villa Park, Calif. Has appeared in 10 games this season as she continues to recover from major shoulder surgery she had earlier this year.
#20 Briann January G 5-8 Fr./HS Spokane, Wash. Is averaging the most minutes (19.2) of players coming off the bench, and has played 20 or more minutes in each of the last six of ASU's last games. Is tied for No. 1 on the team in free throw shooting pct (85.7 pct on 30-35 FTs). Led the team in scoring with a career-best 12 points in ASU's 72-47 victory over Washington State (Dec. 31). 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 G 5-10 RS-Jr./1V Tualatin, Ore. 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 11.3 points per game. Has recorded the two of the three highest single-game point totals -- 20 vs. North Carolina (Nov. 25) and 19 vs. Memphis (Dec. 2) -- for ASU this season. Teammate Kristen Kovesdy has scored the team high of 27 points (vs. Washington 12/29). During ASU's current nine-game winning streak, has averaged 11.6 points per game and has shot 46.6 percent from the field (34-73).
#23 Kirsten Thompson C 6-6 Fr./HS Monroe, Wash. Is currently shooting 48.9 percent from the field (23-47). The team's leader with 10 blocked shots, tallied a team single-game best four blocked shots vs. Memphis (Dec. 2). Had a season-best 9 points vs. Washington State (Dec. 31). 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 F 6-2 Jr./2V Post Falls, Id. A starter in every game this season, is currently shooting 50.0 percent from the field (36-72). 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 F 6-1 Sr./3V Central Point, Ore. Has appeared in every game and is currently averaging 17.5 minutes per game. Is averaging 7.7 points and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field during ASU's nine-game winning streak. 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 G 5-7 Sr./3V Phoenix, Ariz. Has appeared in every game this season, averaging 6.2 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 F 6-3 Sr./3V Scottsdale, Ariz. ASU's all-time leader in FG pct. (.568), is currently No. 2 in the Pac-10 in FG pct. (59.0) and is leading the team in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Is currently No. 9 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,135 points. Needs 14 points to pass former Sun Devil Lisa Salsman (1,148 points, 1989-93) for No. 8 on the all-time scoring list. Carried the Sun Devils to a victory vs. Washington (Dec. 29), scoring 23 of her season-best 27 points in the second half to go along with 10 rebounds which gave her her second double-double in 2005-06. 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 Vanderbilt (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.