No. 13/12 ASU Women's Basketball Faces No. 18/20 New Mexico
Nov. 11, 2006
Coming off an 87-60 win over Nebraska in its season opener on Friday, the No. 13/12 Arizona State women's basketball team (1-0) returns to action on Sunday (noon MT) when it hosts the No. 18/20 New Mexico Lobos (1-0). The game is part of the three-day Veterans Day Classic, which also features Nebraska and Florida Atlantic. Below is the schedule for the entire weekend:
Fri., Nov. 10
No. 18/20 New Mexico 74, Florida Atlantic 44
Arizona State 87, Nebraska 60
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 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.
Arizona State's game against New Mexico can be heard live on KAZG 1440 AM. Pre-game coverage for the game will begin at 11:30 a.m. The game can also be heard live on the sundevilsportsnetwork.com (subscription-based service). Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his third 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 (173-129) 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: 213-169.
CURRENT SUN DEVIL STREAKS
Wins in last 10 regular season contests dating back to 2005-06.
Wins in last 23 regular season home games. ASU is 41-2 at home since the 2003-04 season.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME (ASU 87, Nebraska 60, November 10, 2006, Tempe, Ariz.)
ASU won its ninth consecutive season opener. Charli Turner Thorne is now 10-1 at ASU in season openers.
The Sun Devils never trailed against Nebraska. ASU closed out the game with a 27-11 run.
Emily Westerberg led the Sun Devils with a game-high 20 points. Westerberg now needs 77 points to reach 1,000 points for her career.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS NEW MEXICO
The teams have split the all-time series (7-7), which dates back to 1976. ASU's 73-61 win last season broke a three-game winning streak by the Lobos in the series.
Charli Turner Thorne ON FACING NEW MEXICO
'We know a lot about New Mexico. We played them last season and they were very good. They are incredibly disciplined and they are very good at what they do. They have two scorers who are as good as anyone we will face in the Pac-10 in Dionne Marsh and Katie Montgomery. And then they have some veteran returning players in Julie Briody and Angela Hartill. They have some new players who they are trying to integrate right now, but I think they are very worthy of their ranking and an incredibly well-coached team and it is going to be a great challenge for us.
'They are a great basketball team and the bottom line is not allowing them to do all the things that they do well on offense. They do a good job of protecting their paint and defending well. They are a very stingy team defensively as their first game would indicate. They can push you when they want to and they are one of the top programs in the country.'
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 87-60 victory over Nebraska i, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 23 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 41-2 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.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLI?
Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne added another great accomplishment to her coaching dossier last season when it was revealed that ASU was ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll (ASU would eventually ascend to No. 9, which tied its highest ever ranking). 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 in 2004-05 Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 22 years. Turner Thorne was recognized for the job she has done with ASU last season when she was named the Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 8 Coach of the Year.
Currently in the midst of her 11th 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 (128) in the Pac-10 Conference. Turner Thorne is currently No. 6 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 173.
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.