ASU Women's Basketball Travels to Stanford on Saturday
Jan. 20, 2006
The No. 15 AP/13 USAToday/ESPN Arizona State women's basketball team will look to end a three-game slide on the road when it travels to Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday to take on the No. 14/15 Stanford Cardinal (3 p.m. AZ time).
The Sun Devils (14-4, 5-3 Pac-10) are coming off a 66-64 loss at California on Thursday night in which they nearly overcame a double-digit second half deficit. Coming off the bench, senior F Amy Denson led ASU with the third double-double of her career, scoring a career-best 19 points and grabbing a season-best 11 rebounds.
Since losing four of its first 10 games, the Pac-10 leading Cardinal (12-4, 7-1 Pac-10) have reeled off six consecutive wins, winning by an average margin of 19.5 points during their streak.
RADIO: Saturday's game can be heard live both on KDUS 1060 AM and on the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 2:30 p.m. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ASU's 14-4 record ties its best ever record after 18 games (1981-82, 1982-83, 2001-02 seasons). In the last two seasons, ASU is 12-1 when coming off a loss. ASU enters Saturday's game No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+6.6), rebounds allowed per game (30.6) and assists per game (18.83) and No. 2 in scoring margin (+11.6), FT pct. (.734) and turnover margin (+3.78). The Sun Devils have turned the ball over only 11 times (second lowest total of the season) in two of their last three games. With two more wins, ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne will pass former Washington State head coach Harold Rhodes for No. 6 on the Pac-10's all-time wins list. Senior F Kristen Kovesdy enters Thursday's game No. 8 on ASU's all-time scoring list. With 1,186 career points, Kovesdy now needs nine points to pass former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Kovesdy currently leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, shooting .584 from the field.
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (161-126) and No. 7 in the Pac-10 in most career wins, 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) ... Earlier this season guided ASU on a nine-game winning streak which tied the school record for most consecutive wins. Also led ASU to its first Top 10 ranking in 22 years and tied the highest ranking in school history (No. 9) ... In the last two seasons, has led ASU to a 12-1 record when coming off a loss ... Last season, 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 inaugural 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: 201-166
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS STANFORD: Stanford holds a 39-10 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona State, including a 23-1 advantage in games played in Palo Alto. The Cardinal won all three meetings last season -- 68-53 in Tempe, 67-53 in Palo Alto and 56-42 in the final of the Pac-10 Tournament. In 2003-04, the two teams split a pair of meetings with then No. 7 Stanford earning a 60-46 win in Palo Alto on Jan. 8 and ASU upsetting the seventh-ranked Cardinal 73-53 on Feb. 7 in Tempe. That snapped ASU's three-game losing streak to Stanford and marked the only double-digit loss of the season for the Cardinal, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. ASU's lone victory at Stanford came during the 1983-84 season when the Sun Devils came away from Maples Pavilion with an 84-72 victory on March 3, 1984.
HOME SWEET HOME: With their 69-51 victory over Oregon State on Jan. 14, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 17 games. The Sun Devils are now 35-2 in regular season home games going back to the 2003-04 season. In those 37 games the Sun Devils are out-scoring their opponents by more than 16 points (70.4 - 54.3) and are shooting more than six percentage points higher (44.5 - 38.4).
TEAM NOTES ASU's nine-game winning streak earlier in the season tied the longest winning streak in school history (1982-83). The Sun Devils were ranked No. 9 in both of the major polls the first week in January, tying the highest ranking in school history (January 1983). ASU has out-rebounded its opponent 14 times in 18 games this season. ASU and Vanderbilt tied with 33 rebounds each in their season opening matchup. North Carolina (38-28), Oregon (44-42) and California (45-35) are the only teams who have out-rebounded ASU this season. ASU is averaging 21.8 points off turnovers per game, compared to 14.7 for its opponents The Sun Devils have averaged only 13.3 turnovers per game in their last three outings.
OFFENSIVE NOTES ASU has shot 50 percent or better seven times this season, including a season-best .565 (26-46) in its 69-51 win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 14). Senior F Kristen Kovesdy has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring eight times this season. Kovesdy's 27 points (23 in the second half) vs. Washington (Dec. 29) are the most for a Sun Devil this season. Redshirt junior G Jill Noe leads ASU in three-point FGs with 19. Noe has tied her career best of four three pointers in a game twice this season (vs. North Carolina - Nov. 25 and vs. Mississippi State - Nov. 26). The Sun Devils have made 20 or more free throws five times this season, including a season-best 28 made free throws vs. Western Kentucky (Dec. 3). ASU has had more assists than its opponent in all but one game this season (vs. North Carolina, Nov. 25). ASU has had more offensive rebounds than its opponent 15 times in 18 games this season.
DEFENSIVE NOTES ASU has forced 20 or more turnovers 13 times this season, including a season-high 32 turnovers in its season opening victory vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 11). The Sun Devils have held their opponents under 40 percent shooting six times this season. The Sun Devils have allowed two or fewer three-point field goals 10 times this season and have held their opponents to 25 percent or less shooting from three-point range nine times this season.
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 No. 8 on the school's all-time scoring list, Kovesdy currently leads the Sun Devils in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) and is No. 1 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (58.4 percent). Last month 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 has turned in a double-double performance four times this season.
KOVESDY CLIMBS THE CHARTS: With seven points against California on Thursday night, senior F Kristen Kovesdy continued to move closer to moving up another spot on ASU's all-time scoring list. With 1,186 career points, Kovesdy now needs nine points to pass former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list.
FREE THROWS: ASU has nine players averaging 10 or more minutes per game ... Kristen Kovesdy's 27 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 all but one game this season: Reagan Pariseau (G), Jill Noe (G), Emily Westerberg (F), Aubree Johnson (F) and Kristen Kovesdy (F/C). The only change came in ASU's 77-69 loss at UCLA (Jan. 8), when freshman G Danielle Orsillo started for Jill Noe (bruised hand) ... Westerberg leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game, averaging 27.5 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (18.6), followed by senior F Amy Denson (17.7) ... In their 18 games the Sun Devils have been led in scoring by six different players -- Denson, January, Kovesdy, Noe, Kirsten Thompson and Westerberg ... According to CollegeRPI.com, the Sun Devils are No. 15 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. 21 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 not only in the Pac-10 Conference, but also across the country. In fact, since the 2000-01 season, the Sun Devils have won the second-highest number of overall games (116) in the Pac-10 Conference. Turner Thorne is currently No. 7 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 161. With two more wins Turner Thorne will pass former Washington State head coach Harold Rhodes for No. 6 on the Pac-10's all-time wins list.
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 4.8 points per game. Had a season-best 10 points (all in the second half) at Arizona (Dec. 22). Is second on the team in three-point field goals (12) and assists (50). Currently No. 2 on the team in FT pct (24-30, 80.0 pct). 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 (10.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.1 per game). Also leads the team in assists (55) and minutes per game (27.5). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring four times this season. Hit game-winning three-point FG with 13.9 seconds left in ASU's 44-43 win over Oregon (Jan. 12). 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 three games this season (vs. Memphis Dec. 2, at Arizona Dec. 22 and vs. Oregon State Jan. 14).
#11 Kate Engelbrecht G 5-10 Fr./HS Tucson, Ariz. Has appeared in all but one game (at California, Jan. 19) this season, averaging 6.8 minutes per game. Is currently shooting 61.9 percent from the field (13-21). 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). Tallied 14 points in 24 minutes in ASU's 66-64 loss at California (Jan. 19). Made the first start of her career at UCLA (Jan. 8). Is currently first on the team in free throw shooting percentage (26-31, 83.9 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 11 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 (18.6) of players coming off the bench. Is No. 3 on the team in free throw shooting pct (78.8 pct on 41-52 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 9.2 points per game. Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring four times and is the team's leader in three-point field goals (19). 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 scored the team high of 27 points (vs. Washington 12/29).
#23 Kirsten Thompson C 6-6 Fr./HS Monroe, Wash. Is currently shooting 51.4 percent from the field (36-70). The team's leader with 11 blocked shots, tallied a team single-game best four blocked shots vs. Memphis (Dec. 2). Led ASU in scoring with a career-best 15 points on 5-7 shooting in ASU's 69-51 win over Oregon St. (Jan. 14). Was 4-5 from the field and scored eight points in ASU's 58-50 loss at USC (Jan. 6). 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 averaging 23.7 minutes and 6.3 points per game. Had a season-best 11 points in ASU's victory over Memphis (Dec. 3) and again in ASU's 77-69 loss at UCLA (Jan. 8). Pulled down a season-best 11 rebounds in ASU's 44-43 win over Oregon (Jan. 12). Took the last of her six offensive rebounds and found teammate Emily Westerberg, who hit the game-winning three with :13.9 left. 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 17.7 minutes per game (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Recorded the third double-double of her career with a career-best 19 points and season-best 11 rebounds in ASU's 66-64 loss at California (Jan. 19). 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 all but one game (vs. Oregon, Jan. 12) this season, averaging 6.5 minutes per game. Had a season-best seven points to go along with three assists in ASU's 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. (.569), is currently first in the Pac-10 in FG pct. (58.4) and leads the team in both scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg). Also has led or tied for team lead in scoring eight times. Is currently No. 8 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,186 points. Needs nine points to pass former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Recorded her second consecutive and fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds in ASU's 44-43 win over Oregon (Jan. 12). Notched her third double-double of the season (12 points and 10 rebounds) in ASU's 77-69 loss at UCLA (Jan. 8). 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.
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