ASU Women's Basketball Goes Back on the Road to Face Washington State
Jan. 25, 2006
The Arizona State No. 18/19 women's basketball team begins the second half of its four-game road trip on Thursday night (8 p.m. AZ time) when it travels to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars (6-12, 0-9 Pac-10).
The Sun Devils (14-5, 5-4 Pac-10) will look to end a two-game losing streak in addition to a four-game slide on the road. ASU comes into this week tied with California and UCLA for fourth place in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils are three games behind first-place Stanford, two games behind USC for second place and one game behind third-place Washington.
RADIO: Thursday's game can be heard live both on KXAM 1310 AM and on the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 7:30 p.m. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR This week's games at Washington State and Washington will be a homecoming of sorts for four ASU players -- Briann January, Reagan Pariseau, Kirsten Thompson and Emily Westerberg -- who are from the state of Washington. The Sun Devils have won 16 of their last 17 meetings against Washington State. In the last two seasons, ASU is 12-2 when coming off a loss. ASU enters Thursday's game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+7.3), rebounds allowed per game (30.0) and assists per game (18.68) and No. 2 in shooting percentage (45.7) and FT pct. (.736). ASU has shot 50 percent or better in two of its last three games, including a season-best 56.5 percent vs. Oregon State (Jan. 14). 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. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,202 points. Kovesdy now needs 23 points to pass former Sun Devil Karen O'Connor (1,224 points, 1988-91) for No. 6 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Kovesdy currently leads the Pac-10 and is No. 14 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting .599 from the field.
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (161-127) 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 12-2 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: 201-167
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS WASHINGTON STATE: ASU holds a 27-12 advantage in the series with Washington State and has won 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Cougars. ASU has won 10 of the 19 games played in Pullman, Wash. Washington State's only win in the last 17 meetings was a 75-72 win in Pullman on February 28, 2004.
In the last meeting between the two schools on New Year's Eve, Arizona State came away with a 72-47 victory in Tempe. The Sun Devils scored 30 points on 29 forced turnovers and held the Cougars to 36.4 percent shooting for the game. Freshman G Briann January led ASU with 12 points.
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 15 times in 19 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. Four times this season ASU has limited its opponent to 21 or fewer rebounds, including only 20 by Stanford (Jan. 21), the lowest number of rebounds allowed by any team in the Pac-10 this season. ASU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent 13 times in 19 games this season. ASU is 12-1 in those games. The only exception came in ASU's 66-64 loss at California. ASU is averaging 21.2 points off turnovers per game, compared to 15.5 for its opponents.
OFFENSIVE NOTES ASU has shot 50 percent or better eight 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 24. Noe had a career-best 5 three-pointers at Stanford (Jan. 21) and also recorded four three-pointers in back-to-back games earlier 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 16 times in 19 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. ASU's best defensive performance of the year to date came in its 44-43 win over Oregon. The Sun Devils won despite shooting 25.8 percent for the game. The 43 points Oregon scored represents the second-lowest number of points allowed by a Pac-10 team 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. 7 on the school's all-time scoring list, Kovesdy currently leads the Sun Devils in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) and is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 14 in the nation in field goal percentage (59.9 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 16 points at Stanford last Saturday senior F Kristen Kovesdy moved past former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Currently with 1,202 points, Kovesdy now needs 23 points to pass former Sun Devil Karen O'Connor (1,224 points, 1988-91) for No. 6 on ASU's all-time scoring list.
Kovesdy is also among ASU's all-time leaders in the rebounding department. With 581 career rebounds Kovesdy currently sits No. 7 on ASU's all-time rebounding list. Kovesdy needs five more rebounds to pass former Sun Devil Sherry Poole (585 rebounds, 1984-86) for No. 5 on ASU's all-time rebounding 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 two games this season: Reagan Pariseau (G), Jill Noe (G), Emily Westerberg (F), Aubree Johnson (F) and Kristen Kovesdy (F/C). The only exceptions came in ASU's 77-69 loss at UCLA (Jan. 8), when freshman G Danielle Orsillo started for Jill Noe (bruised hand) and in ASU-s 84-78 loss at Stanford (Jan. 21) when Orsillo started for Noe and senior Amy Denson started for Johnson ... Westerberg leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game, averaging 27.7 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (18.6), followed by Amy Denson (17.8) ... In their 19 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. 21 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. 19 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 A starter in every game in 2005, is currently averaging 4.7 points per game. Has had one or zero turnovers nine times this season. Is second on the team in both three-point field goals (12) and assists (55). Had a season-best 10 points (all in the second half) at Arizona (Dec. 22). 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 Is currently second on the team in scoring (11.3 points per game) and rebounding (5.2 per game). Also leads the team in assists (56) and minutes per game (27.7). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring five times this season and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding six times this season. Led ASU with a season-best 20 points on 7-11 shooting and tied her career-best with three three-point field goals (3-5) in ASU's 84-78 loss at Stanford (Jan. 21). 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 Fanaika Has played in three games this season (vs. Memphis Dec. 2, at Arizona Dec. 22 and vs. Oregon State Jan. 14).
#11 Kate Engelbrecht Has appeared in all but one game (at California, Jan. 19) this season, averaging 6.5 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 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 second start of her career (first came at UCLA on Jan. 8) at Stanford (Jan. 21). Had ASU's only four-point play of the 2005-06 season at Stanford. Is currently first on the team in free throw shooting percentage (28-34, 82.4 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 11 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 (18.6) of players coming off the bench. Is No. 3 on the team in free throw shooting pct (79.6 pct on 43-54 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 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. A starter in 17 of 19 games, is currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 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 (24). Scored 19 points and drained a career-best five three-point FGs in ASU's 84-78 loss at Stanford (Jan. 21). During earlier three-game stretch (vs. North Carolina, vs. Mississippi State and vs. Memphis), averaged 18.0 points per game and was 18-30 from the field, including 10-14 from three-point range.
#23 Kirsten Thompson Is currently shooting 49.3 percent from the field (36-73). 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 while also recording career-best numbers in rebounds (8) and minutes played (19) 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 A starter in all but one game (at Stanford, Jan. 21) this season, is currently averaging 23.6 minutes and 6.2 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 Has appeared in every game and is currently averaging 17.8 minutes per game (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Made first start of the season at Stanford (Jan. 21). 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 (then) career best with 18 points in ASU's 78-64 win vs. Western Kentucky (Dec. 3).
#34 YoVanna Rosenthal Has appeared in all but one game (vs. Oregon, Jan. 12) this season, averaging 6.2 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 ASU's all-time leader in FG pct. (.569), is currently first in the Pac-10 and No. 14 in the country in FG pct. (59.9) and leads the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring eight times and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 10 times. Is currently No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,202 points. Needs 23 points to pass former Sun Devil Karen O'Connor (1,224 points, 1988-91) for No. 6 on ASU's all-time scoring list. Posted her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points (7-8 FGs) and 10 rebounds in ASU's 84-78 loss at Stanford (Jan. 21). It marked her third double-double in ASU's last five games. 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.