Arizona State Women's Basketball Team to Face Texas Tech in 'Hoops for Health Classic'

Sept. 11, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's basketball program today announced that it will take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders in the Hoops for Health Classic Dec. 18, 2006 at Chase Field in Phoenix. In addition to showcasing women's college basketball at the highest level, the game will be used as a vehicle to promote health awareness by giving fans the opportunity to participate in a Health Expo around the stadium's concourse and on the field prior to the game.

The Hoops for Health Classic will be the second outdoor college basketball game played at Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. On December 27, 2000, Arizona State and Tennessee played in the first ever outdoor college basketball game (Hoops for the Cure Classic) in which Tennessee prevailed 67-63. That game produced Arizona State and Pac-10 records for the highest attendance at a women's basketball game (16,282).

'The original 'Hoops for the Cure Classic' game in 2000 was a huge success and fundraiser for Breast Cancer research, treatment and education in our greater Phoenix community,' said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'This year we are focusing on helping families make healthy choices by connecting with local health agencies to create awareness and provide educational information to the community.

'We would not have the ability to put on an event like this without the support of countless individuals who not only want to support women's athletics, but also are just as committed to creating awareness about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. One individual I want to recognize for his incredible support is [Vice President of Government Affairs for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation] Marty Schultz. Without him this event would not have been possible six years ago and it certainly would not be possible today.'

The Hoops for Health Classic will be managed and promoted by Select Artists Associates (SAA), which has been involved in staging events in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.

'We are thrilled to be teaming up with Select Artists for this event,' said Turner Thorne. '[SAA President] Charles Johnston and his staff have staged events for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and several other high-profile organizations. They have established a first-class reputation for being the best at what they do and we are very fortunate to have them managing this event.'

The Sun Devils return four starters - senior F Emily Westerberg, senior F Aubree Johnson, junior G Jill Noe and junior G Reagan Pariseau - from last year's team, which tied the single-season school record for wins (25), set the school record for most Pac-10 wins (14), tied the highest ranking in school history (No. 9) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2005 season also included a perfect 15-0 record at home and a school record 10-game winning streak. In addition to their 10 returning letterwinners, the Sun Devils will also be featuring four freshmen, including former Phoenix St. Mary's standouts G Dymond Simon and F Kayli Murphy.

Texas Tech returns three starters from last year's team which finished the season 15-14. The Lady Raiders are coach by Kristy Curry, who is in her first year at Texas Tech after spending seven seasons at Purdue where she led the Boilermakers to a pair of Big Ten regular season and three Big Ten Tournament championships.

'We are excited about this opportunity to play our basketball game outdoors,' said Curry, who led Purdue to the national championship game in 2001. 'It is a great event for women's basketball and we are very appreciative that Arizona State has asked us to play in this outdoor venue. Arizona State has gone to great efforts to make this event happen and we are honored to be playing them in it.'

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by contacting the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

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