No. 13/12 ASU Women's Basketball Opens Season on Friday Against Nebraska

Nov. 9, 2006

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The No. 13/12 Arizona State women's basketball team opens its 2006-07 season on Friday when it hosts the University of Nebraska at 4:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The game against the Cornhuskers is the first of five the Sun Devils will play over the course of 10 days, culminating with a contest against No. 5 Tennessee on Sun., Nov. 19 in Tempe.

The game against Nebraska is also part of the Veterans Day Classic, which in addition to ASU and Nebraska also includes Florida Atlantic and No. 18/20 New Mexico. The games will be played on Friday, Sunday and Monday in a round-robin format. Below is the entire schedule for the Veterans Day Classic.

Fri., Nov. 10

Florida Atlantic vs. New Mexico (1:30 p.m. MT)

Nebraska vs. ASU (4:30 p.m. MT)

Sun., Nov. 12

New Mexico vs. ASU (noon MT)

Florida Atlantic vs. Nebraska (2:30 p.m. MT)

Mon., Nov. 13

Nebraska vs. New Mexico (3 p.m. MT)

Florida Atlantic vs. ASU (6 p.m. MT)

TICKETS

Tickets are available for all of this weekend's games. Prices are $8 (adult), $4 (faculty and staff), $3 (juniors and seniors), $2 each (groups of 15 or more). ADIMISSION IS FREE FOR ASU STUDENTS. For more ticket information, please call 480-727-0000.

RADIO

Arizona State's game against Nebraska can be heard on a tape-delayed (6 p.m.) basis on KXAM 1310 AM. It can also be heard live on the sundevilsportsnetwork.com (subscription-based service). Valley veteran broadcast Jeff Munn is in his second year as the voice of ASU women's basketball. He will be joined on the broadcast by longtime basketball executive Seth Sulka.

ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne

The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (172-129) and No. 6 in the Pac-10 in most career wins, Turner Thorne has led the Sun Devils to a school record seven consecutive post season appearances (NCAA Tournament in 2001-02 and 2005-06, WNIT in 2000, 2003-04) ... During the second half of last season Turner Thorne led ASU on a school record 10-game winning streak after leading the Sun Devils to a school record-tying nine-game winning streak earlier in the same season (also led ASU to its first Top 10 ranking in 22 years and tied the highest ranking in school history -- No. 9 -- in 2005-06) ... In the last three seasons (2004-05, 2005-06), has led ASU to a 14-2 record when coming off a loss ... Last season led ASU to a 25-7 record, which tied the school's standard for most wins in a season and also led ASU to its seventh consecutive postseason berth ... In 2004-05, 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: 212-169

ASU IN SEASON OPENERS UNDER Charli Turner Thorne

Arizona State is 9-1 in season openers under head coach Charli Turner Thorne, including wins in their last eight. Last season the Sun Devils came from behind in the second half to defeat Vanderbilt 69-60 in the first round of the WBCA/BTI Classic played in Tempe. The only season opener the Sun Devils have lost under Charli Turner Thorne came in her second season when ASU fell to UC Santa Barbara 92-83.

SUN DEVILS EARN HIGHEST RANKINGS EVER IN PRESEASON POLLS

The Arizona State women's basketball team is ranked No. 13 in the country, according to the Associated Press (AP) Poll which was released on Wednesday. For ASU, the No. 13 ranking is the highest rating it has ever received in a preseason poll by the AP. Last week the Sun Devils were rated No. 12 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Coaches Poll, which was the highest preseason ranking ASU has ever received in either of the major polls.

WESTERBERG NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM

Arizona State senior F Emily Westerberg was named to the 2006-07 Preseason All-Pac-10 Team, announced earlier this week during the annual Pac-10 Women's Basketball Media Day held at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Tuesday.

Last season Westerberg became the first Sun Devil since 1992-93 to earn First-Team All-Pac-10 honors in back-to-back seasons after a year in which she finished second on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg), assists (80) and blocks (9) and third in both steals (34) and three-point field goals (18). One of ASU's 2006-07 co-captains along with senior F Aubree Johnson, Westerberg enters this season needing 97 points to become the 17th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

HOME SWEET HOME

With their 81-45 victory over Arizona in last season's regular-season finale, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 22 games. In 2005-06 the Sun Devils set the school record for most home wins (15) while also going undefeated on their home floor for the first time in school history. Since the 2003-04 season, the Sun Devils are 40-2 at Wells Fargo Arena.

SUN DEVILS SIGN TWO FOR 2007

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. Rebecca Tobin and Stephanie Wilber signed letters of intent on November 8 to study and compete at Arizona State.

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.

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.

ASU HOSTING HOOPS FOR HEALTH CLASSIC ON DECEMBER 18

The Arizona State women's basketball program announced IN September 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).

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.

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