Four Sun Devils Earn Pac-10 Honors
March 2, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Four Arizona State University women's basketball players - senior Kristen Kovesdy, junior Emily Westerberg and freshmen Briann January and Danielle Orsillo - were honored by the Pacific 10 Conference according to an announcement by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen on Thursday. Kovesdy and Westerberg were both named to the All-Pac-10 Team while January and Orsillo were named All-Pac-10 Freshman and All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention, respectively.
For Kovesdy, a 6-3 forward, it marks the first time she has been named to the All-Pac-10 Team after being named Pac-10 Honorable Mention the last two seasons. ASU's all-time career leader in field goal percentage (.572) and currently leading the Pac-10 and ranked No. 11 in the nation in FG pct. (.595), Kovesdy has played a big part in ASU's 23-5 record and second-place regular season finish in the Pac-10, leading the team throughout the season in both scoring (12.3 points per game) and rebounding (6.8 rebounds per game). This season Kovesdy has led or tied for the team lead in scoring 12 times while leading or tying for the team lead in rebounds 15 times. Last week she notched her sixth double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds) in ASU's 81-45 win over Arizona.
A 6-0 forward and the team leader in minutes per game (26.3), Westerberg is being named to the All-Pac-10 team for the second consecutive season following another solid campaign in which she finished the regular season second on the team in scoring (11.0 points per game), rebounding (5.1 per game), assists (70) and steals (33). This season Westerberg led or tied for the team lead in scoring seven times and led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 10 times. Earlier this season Westerberg was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week following ASU's 79-72 win over USC in which she led all players and tied her career-best with 26 points on 9-14 shooting, including 2-3 from three-point range, and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Westerberg also hit the game-winning shot with less than 15 seconds left in the Sun Devils' 44-43 win over Oregon (Jan. 12).
This season January has averaged the most minutes (19.1) of players coming off the bench for the Sun Devils. The team leader in steals (42) and tied for the team lead in assists (71), January has emerged as one of ASU's top playmakers during the second half of the season. In ASU's last 11 games, which includes the Sun Devils' current nine-game winning streak, January has had 36 assists and only 13 turnovers, and in ASU's last four games she has shot 12-19 (.631) from the field. One of January's best efforts of the season came in ASU's 62-59 upset of (then) No. 11 Stanford when she led the team with a career-best 13 points (4-5 FGs) and tied a career best with six assists while also recording four steals. In addition, she also sank four crucial free throws in the final 32 seconds to preserve ASU's victory.
The only of ASU's six freshman to start this season (at Stanford, Jan. 21 and vs. Stanford, Feb. 16), Orsillo finished the regular season as the Sun Devils' leader in free throw percentage (81.5 percent, 44-54). Four times this season Orsillo posted double figures in points, including a career-best 16 points on 6-11 shooting in only 18 minutes of play in ASU's 73-61 victory over (then) No. 18 New Mexico (Dec. 6). Later in the season in ASU's 87-70 win over UCLA (Feb. 2), Orsillo scored 10 points (3-5 FGs, 3-4 FTs) and had a career-best seven assists. In ASU's last seven games, she has had 18 assists and only five turnovers.
Currently on a nine-game winning streak, the Sun Devils return to action on Saturday (approx. 2:15 p.m. AZ time) when they face either Oregon State or Washington State in a quarterfinal matchup at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament.