ASU Women's Basketball Travels to Seattle to Face Washington
Jan. 27, 2006
Coming off a 75-65 victory at Washington State, the No. 19/18 Arizona State women's basketball team will conclude its current four-game road swing with a trip to Seattle on Saturday to take on the University of Washington (2 p.m. AZ time). The game will be a rematch of a late December contest won by ASU 64-51 in Tempe.
The Sun Devils (15-5, 6-4 Pac-10) and Huskies (14-5, 7-3 Pac-10) are separated by one game in the Pac-10 standings with the Huskies maintaining a one-game lead over ASU.
RADIO: Saturday's game can be heard live both on KAZG-AZ 1440 AM and on the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 1:30 p.m. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR Despite having won four of their last six meetings against Washington, the Sun Devils will be looking for their first victory over the Huskies in Seattle since the 1995-96 season. ASU enters Saturday's game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+6.8), rebounds allowed per game (30.4) and assists per game (18.7) and No. 2 in shooting percentage (45.6) and FT pct. (73.4). With one more win, 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. In their last two games (at Stanford, at Washington State), the Sun Devils have made 17 three-pointers, equal to the number they made in the eight games leading up to their game at Stanford. In ASU's last four games, its bench has outscored the opposition's bench 144-32, or an average of 36-8 per game. ASU has turned the ball over 12 or fewer times in three of its last five games. Senior F Kristen Kovesdy enters Saturday's game No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,210 points. Kovesdy now needs 15 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 .598 from the field. In her last five outings against Washington, Kovesdy has averaged 17.0 points and has shot a combined 38-48 from the field (.792).
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (162-127) and tied for No. 6 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 13-2 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: 202-167
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS WASHINGTON: Washington leads the series with ASU 26-15, including a 17-3 advantage in games played in Seattle. ASU has won four of the last six meetings between the two schools, including the last two in a row. ASU's last victory in Washington was an 81-77 triumph on February 3, 1996.
In the first meeting between ASU and UW earlier this season in Tempe, the Sun Devils used a season-best 27-point performance by senior F Kristen Kovesdy to win 64-51. Kovesdy scored 23 of her points in the second half to help break open what was a one-point game at the half (ASU 21-20).
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 20 games this season. ASU and Vanderbilt tied with 33 rebounds each in their season opening matchup. North Carolina (38-28), Oregon (44-42), California (45-35) and Washington State (37-35) 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 14 times in 20 games this season. ASU is 13-1 in those games. The only exception came in ASU's 66-64 loss at California. ASU is averaging 21.0 points off turnovers per game, compared to 15.6 for its opponents. ASU's bench has outscored the opposition's bench 533-285 this season, an average of 26.7-14.3 per game.
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 17 times in 20 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 (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) and is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 14 in the nation in field goal percentage (59.8 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 five times this season.
KOVESDY CLIMBS THE CHARTS: With eight points at Washington State on Thursday, senior F Kristen Kovesdy moved closer to climbing up another spot on ASU's all-time scoring list. Currently with 1,210 points, Kovesdy now needs 15 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 588 career rebounds Kovesdy currently sits No. 5 on ASU's all-time rebounding list. She needs 69 more rebounds to pass former Sun Devil Jovonne Smith (656 rebounds, 1984-86) for No. 4 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 27.4 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (19.0), followed by Amy Denson (18.0) ... In their 20 games the Sun Devils have been led in scoring by seven different players -- Denson, January, Kovesdy, Noe, Orsillo, Kirsten Thompson and Westerberg ... According to CollegeRPI.com, the Sun Devils are No. 23 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. 26 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 (117) in the Pac-10 Conference. Turner Thorne is currently tied for No. 6 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 162. With one more win Turner Thorne will pass former Washington State head coach Harold Rhodes for sole possession of 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 4.9 points per game. Has had one or zero turnovers 10 times this season. Leads the team in assists (59) and is second in three-point FGs (14). Had a season-best 10 points (all in the second half) at Arizona (Dec. 22). 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 to senior F Kristen Kovesdy in both scoring (11.2 points per game) and rebounding (5.1 per game). Is also second in assists (58) and leads the team in minutes per game (27.4). 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 3-point field goals (3-5) in ASU's 84-78 loss at Stanford (Jan. 21). Hit game-winning 3-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 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 6.3 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). Made a career-best three 3-pointers and tied for the team lead with 13 points in ASU's 75-65 win at Washington State (Jan. 26). 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 second on the team in free throw shooting percentage (30-38, 78.9 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 last year.
#20 Briann January G 5-8 Fr./HS Spokane, Wash. Is averaging the most minutes (19.0) of players coming off the bench. Is No. 1 on the team in free throw shooting pct (80.4 pct on 45-56 FTs). Led the team in scoring with a career-best 12 points in ASU's 72-47 victory over Washington State (Dec. 31). Had a career-best six assists with no turnovers at Washington State (Jan. 26). 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. A starter in 18 of 20 games, is currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 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 3-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 C 6-6 Fr./HS Monroe, Wash. Is currently shooting 51.3 percent from the field (39-76). The team's leader with 12 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 F 6-2 Jr./2V Post Falls, Id. A starter in all but one game (at Stanford, Jan. 21) this season, is currently averaging 23.4 minutes and 6.0 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 18.0 minutes per game (6.9 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). Tied for the team lead with 13 points on 6-9 shooting in ASU's 75-65 win at Washington State (Jan. 26). 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). Made only start of the season at Stanford (Jan. 21).
#34 YoVanna Rosenthal G 5-7 Sr./3V Phoenix, Ariz. Has appeared in all but one game (vs. Oregon, Jan. 12) this season, averaging 6.6 minutes per game. Had a season-best seven points to go along with three assists in ASU's victory over Memphis (Dec. 2). Scored six points in ASU's 75-65 win at Washington State (Jan. 26). 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 and No. 14 in the country in FG pct. (59.8) and leads the team in both scoring (12.8 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 11 times. Is currently No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,210 points. Needs 15 points to pass former Sun Devil Karen O'Connor (1,224 points, 1988-91) for No. 6 on ASU's all-time scoring list.With 588 career rebounds Kovesdy currently sits No. 5 on ASU's all-time rebounding list. Needs 69 more rebounds to pass former Sun Devil Jovonne Smith (656 rebounds, 1984-86) for No. 4 on ASU's all-time rebounding 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.