Arizona State Women's Basketball Program Signs Two

Nov. 8, 2006

A local standout who led her team to a state championship and a multi-faceted talent from the Pacific Northwest highlight the 2006 recruiting class for the Arizona State University women's basketball program announced by head coach Charli Turner Thorne on Wednesday.

Rebecca Tobin and Stephanie Wilber signed letters of intent on Wednesday to study and compete at Arizona State.

'Rebecca Tobin and Stephanie Wilber are `everything' we look for in a Sun Devil,' lauded Turner Thorne. 'Both are coming to us from remarkable, well-coached, successful high school programs and outstanding families. I am confident they will both be ready to contribute to our program in their freshman year.'

The Arizona Republic's Northwest Valley Girls Basketball Player of the year in 2006, Tobin is coming off a season in which she helped lead Glendale Cactus to the 4A Division I state title. Tobin proved to be a dominant inside presence for the Cobras, setting the girls single-season state record for blocks with 191, far surpassing the previous record of 167. Tobin was every bit as effective on the offensive side as well in leading Cactus with 16.3 points per game. In addition, she also averaged 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.1 assists. In the 2006 4A state championship game against top-seeded Scottsdale Saguaro, Tobin scored a game-high 26 points in helping the Cobras secure their second state title in three years.

'Rebecca is phenomenal talent,' Turner Thorne said. 'She is a 6-5 player with guard skills, who is an incredible shotblocker, passer and one-on-one player both inside and out.

'Excuse the cliché, but while her moves are as `smooth as silk' she is `tough as nails.' Broken nose, stomach flu, she has played through a lot and has played well. Her commitment to the game is extraordinary.'

Tobin becomes the third highly-touted prospect who the Sun Devils have signed in the state of Arizona in the last two seasons after current Sun Devils Kayli Murphy and Dymond Simon from Phoenix St. Mary's signed letters of intent last November.

A 6-1 guard, Wilber will be coming to ASU from Auburn Riverside in Auburn, Wash. Wilber helped lead Riverside to a 22-7 record and a sixth-place finish in the 2006 Washington state 4A state tournament. During the 2005-06 season, Wilber averaged 16.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Wilber earned several honors along the way including being named first-team All-South Puget Sound League North Division; First-Team All-League; Second Team All Area by the News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.); and Honorable Mention All Area by the Seattle P-I. In addition to her accomplishments for Riverside, Wilber also had had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Team Concept in the 2006 Arizona Elite Classic championship.

'Stephanie brings a lot of what we lose with the graduation of [current Sun Devil seniors F Emily and F Aubree Johnson]. She is an amazingly versatile guard who is equally dominant at stepping out and draining three-pointers or stepping in and posting you up.

'Stephanie consistently demonstrates strong leadership with her outgoing personality and intense work ethic. She is the first one in the gym and the last one to leave.'

The 2006-07 Sun Devils open up the regular season this weekend when they host the Veterans Day Classic, which will feature Nebraska, No. 20 New Mexico and Florida Atlantic. ASU will face Nebraska on Fri., Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m.; New Mexico on Sun., Nov. 12 at noon and Florida Atlantic on Mon., Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale for all of ASU's home games including its Nov. 19 tilt against the University of Tennessee and the Hoops for Health Classic in which the Sun Devils will face Texas Tech on Dec. 18 in the second ever outdoor game at Chase Field in Phoenix. For more information, contact the Sun Devil ticket office at 480-727-0000.

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