ASU Women's Basketball Hosts Oregon on Saturday Morning

Feb. 1, 2008

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The Arizona State women's basketball team will be seeking its fourth consecutive win on Saturday when it hosts the Oregon Ducks at 11 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

The Sun Devils (14-7, 8-2 Pac-10) are coming off one of their best performances of the season in a 66-42 win over Oregon State on Thursday night. The Sun Devils shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the field while forcing 24 Oregon State turnovers. Junior Lauren Lacey led ASU with 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting while fellow junior Sybil Dosty made five of her six field goal attempts and scored 11 points. Dosty, Lacey, junior Kirsten Thompson (3-4 FGs, eight points) and freshman Becca Tobin (3-4 FGs, six points) helped ASU dominate play on the inside as they accounted for 46 of ASU's 66 points while shooting a collective 76 percent (19-25) from the field.

ASU comes into Saturday's game tied for second place in the Pac-10 with Stanford (vs. UCLA on Saturday). Both teams are a full game behind first-place Cal (vs. USC on Saturday).

This will be the second time the Sun Devils and Ducks have met this season. In the first meeting a 13-0 run by ASU in the final five minutes broke open what was a two-point game as the Sun Devils won 63-50. Lacey, who was one of four Sun Devils to score in double figures, led the ASU attack with a career-best 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Sophomore Dymond Simon (11 points) and senior Jill Noe and junior guard Briann January (10 points each) also scored in double-digits for ASU.

Oregon (10-11, 4-6 Pac-10) has dropped its last three games, all of which were decided by five points or less - at UCLA (L, 63-59), at USC (L, 46-42), at Arizona (L, 65-60). The Ducks are led by sophomore guard Taylor Lilley, who is ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is tied for first in the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.84).

PROMOTIONS

TRADING CARD GIVEAWAY - SET 3

Be one of the first 500 fans to enter Wells Fargo Arena this Saturday morning when the Sun Devils take on the Oregon Ducks and receive the third and final set of the limited edition 2007-2008 ASU Women's Basketball trading cards. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. so grab your coffee and get there early to complete your trading card set!

HEART HEALTH AWARENESS - FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS THIS SATURDAY

Sun Devil Women's Basketball has teamed up with the Sister to Sister Foundation this season to help raise awareness about women's heart disease.

Currently, heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States but research shows that only a third of U.S. women consider themselves at risk for the disease. In an effort to help women learn more about heart disease and learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce risk, information and free blood pressure checks will be available to all fans in the Wells Fargo Arena concourse before Saturday's game against Oregon.

Additionally, fans will also have a chance to win tickets to a Phoenix Mercury game and the Women's Heart Health Fair this Spring for their participation.

For questions or more information on future Sun Devil Women's Heart Health Awareness events, please contact Morgan Staley at Morgan.Staley@asu.edu or 480-965-5941.

TELEVISION/RADIO

ASU's game vs. Oregon can be seen live on Fox Sports Net. Cara Capuano (play-play-play) and Mary Murphy (analysis) will call the game. The game can also be heard live on KDUS 1060 and on the sundevilsportsnetwork.com (subscription-based service). Coverage of the game will begin at 10:30 a.m. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his fourth year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

• ASU is 33-4 in its last 37 regular season Pac-10 games going back to the middle of Pac-10 play in 2005-06. The Sun Devils closed the 2005-06 season by winning their final nine Pac-10 games. ASU set a school record last season by winning 16 of 18 Pac-10 games. Prior to its losses against California (Jan. 17) and Stanford (Jan. 20), the Sun Devils were off to their best ever conference start after winning their first five Pac-10 games. They have since won their last three games.

• ASU is 18-1 in the second half of Pac-10 play since the 2005-06 season.

• The Sun Devils are 36-5 in Pac-10 home games since the 2003-04 season.

• ASU has won 14 of its last 17 meetings against Oregon, including the last six in a row.

• The Sun Devils are ranked in the top 3 of the Pac-10 in assists (1st, 17.1 apg), three-point FG pct. defense (1st, .225), rebounding defense (2nd, 32.8 rpg), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 0.88), scoring defense (3rd, 58.2 ppg), scoring margin (3rd, +7.8), free throw percentage (3rd, .703), field goal percentage (3rd, .443) and steals (3rd, 9.29 spg).

• In the first half of their last four games the Sun Devils have outscored their opponents by an average of more than nine points (30-20.8) compared to their first six games of Pac-10 play when they were outscored 31.3-28.8. ASU has shot 47 percent from the field in the first half of its last four compared to 34 percent for the opposition.

• In the last three games ASU's front court -- Lauren Lacey (17.3 ppg, 21-35 FGs), Sybil Dosty (8.3 ppg, 12-20 FGs), Kayli Murphy (6.0 ppg, 7-10 FGs), Kirsten Thompson (5.3 ppg, 7-12 FGs) and Becca Tobin (4.7 ppg, 5-10 FGs) -- has averaged 41.7 points per game and has shot a collective 60 percent from the field.

• ASU has outrebounded eight of its 10 opponents in conference play. In its last three games ASU has had an average rebounding margin of +12.3.

• Briann January has had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 23-5 in ASU's last five games. January currently leads the Pac-10 in both assists (4.8 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84).

• Junior center Sybil Dosty (24 blocks this season) needs one more block to move into sole possession of 10th place for most blocks in a season by an ASU player and three blocks to pass Rachel Holt (26 in 1989-90) for ninth place.

• Jill Noe (1,117 career points) needs 18 points to move past Jovonne Smith (1989-92) for 11th place on ASU's all-time scoring list. Also one of ASU's all-time top three-point threats (129 career three-point FGs) Noe needs five three-point FGs to pass Betsy Boardman (2000-05) for third on ASU's all-time list. Noe has connected on 88.9 percent (16-18) of her free throw attempts in ASU's last seven games.

• January (327 assists) and Noe (325 assists) are currently in ninth and 10th place, respectively, on ASU's all-time assists list. Former Sun Devil Cassandra Lander (1980-83) currently occupies eighth place with 339 assists.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS OREGON

Oregon leads the all-time series with ASU 27-22 dating back to the first meeting between the two teams in 1980-81. ASU holds a 12-10 advantage in games played in Tempe. The Sun Devils have had more success of late, having won 14 of the 17 meetings between the two schools since the 2000-01 season, most recently a 63-50 win last month in Eugene. ASU's win in the first meeting of the 2000-01 season snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Ducks.

Last season the Sun Devils swept the season series for the fourth time in the last six years, winning 80-70 in Eugene and 60-48 in Tempe. Former Sun Devils Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg combined to average 33 points and nine rebounds in the two victories.

NOTES FROM THE SEASON

• The Sun Devils have already had two players named Pac-10 Player of the Week -- juniors posts Kirsten Thompson (Dec. 10) and Sybil Dosty (Dec. 31).

• The 42 points Oregon State scored against ASU on Jan. 31 represented the 13th time since the start of last season that ASU has held an opponent under 50 points.

• The Sun Devils had 24 assists in their win over Oregon State on Jan. 31. It's the 17th time going back to the start of last season that ASU has recorded 20 or more assists in a single game.

• ASU has held the opposition to 20 or fewer points in a half nine times this season.

•Fifteen of ASU's 21 opponents have shot 25 percent or less from three-point range.

• Guard Jill Noe is the only ASU player to have started every game this season.

• ASU's 10 blocks against California (Jan. 17) not only tied the single-game high in the Pac-10 this season, but also fell one block short of tying the program record which was accomplished by the 1992 squad.

• The Sun Devils have had four games this season in which four players have scored in double figures.

• In ASU's 66-42 win over UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 17), Jill Noe tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists and narrowly missed becoming the first Sun Devil to record a triple-double since Ryneldi Becenti in 1992. For Noe, it is the third such time she has flirted with the feat. Last season she recorded 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in a win over Northern Arizona and during her freshman season she posted 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in a win over Denver.

• Sybil Dosty's 15 rebounds vs. UCLA were the most for a Sun Devil player since Kirsten Thompson had 15 vs. Nicholls State on Nov. 15, 2006.

• Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Sun Devils are 32-2 when they have outrebounded their opponents. The only exceptions came this season when ASU fell to Auburn 75-69 in the championship game of the Verizon Wireless ASU Classic (held a 40-39 edge in rebounding) and when it lost to Stanford 60-56 (ASU held 39-35 rebounding advantage).

HELP IS ON THE WAY

Without question, one of the biggest challenges facing ASU coming into the 2007-08 season was figuring out how it would compensate for the loss of All-Pac-10 performers Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg. In addition to being responsible for a combined 23.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 2006-07 the duo also gave ASU a strong inside presence on both ends of the floor.

Enter junior transfers Sybil Dosty and Lauren Lacey. Biding their time since they last played a meaningful game in the spring of 2006, Dosty and Lacey were two players who were very eager to get on the floor and help the Sun Devils ascend to the top. Both players got to take a bit of a test drive with their teammates in real competition during ASU's trip to Italy last May in which the Sun Devils squared off against four different teams from around the country.

Originally a native of Tucson, Dosty spent her first two collegiate seasons at the University of Tennessee where she was part of a Final Four team her freshman year. Lacey, who transferred from the University of Minnesota, was also part of two squads that went to the NCAA Tournament.

Thus far in Pac-10 play Lacey and Dosty have combined for 24.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

Lacey is currently leading the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg, 15.4 ppg in Pac-10 games) and rebounding (6.1 rpg). She led ASU with a (then) career-best 19 points in its win over Iowa on Nov. 23 and would surpass that total with 20 against Auburn (Dec. 2). She would once again exceed her single-game career-best with a 23-point performance at Oregon (Jan. 3). The 23 points represent the most points scored by a Sun Devils this season. Lacey, who earlier this season had a streak of 13 consecutive games in which she scored in double figures, led ASU with 21 points in its win over Oregon State (Jan. 31), her fourth game with 20 or more points this season.

The leader in field goal percentage during her two seasons at Tennessee, Dosty is currently shooting 54.2 percent from the field. In late December Dosty averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 57.9 percent in ASU's come-from-behind victories over UCLA (Dec. 28) and USC (Dec. 30). The Tucson, Ariz., native averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the second half of both games in helping the Sun Devils overcome an eight-point deficit against the Bruins and an 11-point deficit against USC. Dosty was recognized for her performances against the Bruins and Trojans in being named the Pac-10's Player of the Week. In Pac-10 games Dosty is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and leads the squad in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Currently with 24 blocked shots this season, Dosty needs one more block to move into sole possession of 10th place for most blocks in a season by an ASU player and three blocks to pass Rachel Holt (26 in 1989-90) for ninth place.

JANUARY PLAYS WITH MARCH STATE OF MIND

This season ASU junior guard Briann January has shown time and again the type of play that has made her one of the top players in the Pac-10 Conference. January, who was one of five players named to the preseason All-Pac-10 team, currently leads the conference in assists (4.81 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84), steals (2.33 spg) and free throw percentage (.864) while ranking 15th in the Pac-10 and second on ASU in scoring (11.4 ppg).

Last season January earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in helping lead ASU to a school record 31 wins and its first Elite Eight appearance in school history. In 2006-07, the 5-8, Spokane, Wash., product finished third in the Pac-10 in steals (2.1 per game), fourth in assists (4.0 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.67), and sixth in free throw percentage (81.7). A starter in 34 games, January concluded her sophomore campaign first on the team in both assists and steals and second in both scoring (10.2 points per game) and free throw percentage.

This season January has scored in double figures in 14 times in 21 games, including a 22-point performance against Texas (Dec. 22), which tied her career best. In ASU's 75-65 win at Arizona (Jan. 12), January turned in a performance that was nothing short of remarkable. After sitting out the entire week of practice with a knee injury January came off the bench to lead ASU with 19 points while connecting on all seven of her field goal attempts and both free throws, while also adding five assists, one block and one steal.

January has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 23-5 in ASU's last four games in addition to averaging 11 points per game and making nearly 86 percent (18-21) of her free throws during that span.SUN DEVILS WORK THROUGH EARLY SEASON INJURIES

When the announcement came down on Dec. 26 that junior guard Danielle Orsillo would miss the remainder of the 2007-08 season because of a knee injury, it capped an unlucky first two months of the season in which Sun Devil players missed a combined 17 games because of injuries.

Orsillo was originally diagnosed with a bone bruise in her left knee one week after scoring a career-best 21 points in ASU's season opener at North Carolina (Nov. 11). She would go on to miss ASU's next 10 regular season games before it was determined that she would miss the rest of the season. In 2006-07 Orsillo scored in double figures 16 times and was one of four Sun Devils to play in all 36 games.

Dymond Simon, a member of the Pac-10's All-Freshman Team last season, was limited early in the season as she returned from a torn ACL she suffered in January, 2007. She was having a strong outing against Texas Tech on Dec. 13, scoring 11 points in 12 minutes before being forced to leave the game after aggravating her knee injury. She would return to the game for two minutes before leaving again. Simon would go on to miss ASU's next two games, including the Sun Devils' 62-51 loss to Texas (Dec. 20). Simon returned in time for the start of conference play and her presence on the floor has had a big impact. She scored a season-best 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting in ASU's 69-60 come-from-behind win at Oregon State (Jan. 5).

Junior post Sybil Dosty injured her knee earlier this fall and was forced to miss all of ASU's preseason practices. She averaged only 12 minutes in the first four games as she was slowly worked into the rotation. Through 10 games of Pac-10 play Dosty is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and first in rebounding (6.5 rpg). She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 57.9 in ASU's come-from-behind victories over UCLA (Dec. 28) and USC (Dec. 30).

Junior guard Kate Engelbrecht suffered a hand injury during the first preseason practice and was forced to miss the rest of ASU's preseason workouts and its first two games. She scored a season-high eight points in ASU's win over Fresno State on Dec. 17 and had a career-best seven rebounds in ASU's win over Washington State on Jan. 26. She has connected on 50 percent of her shots in ASU's last three games.

Senior guard Reagan Pariseau missed ASU's games against Auburn (Dec. 2) and UC Davis (Dec. 9) after injuring her ankle early in ASU's win over Gonzaga on Nov. 30. She returned to action on Dec. 13 at Texas Tech and made an immediate impact, scoring nine points on 4-4 shooting. Although she was healthy for ASU's contest vs. Texas (Dec. 20), Pariseau would only play 22 minutes and was limited for much of that time after absorbing a blow to the head early in the game. Then, midway through the second half, Jill Noe, who came into the Texas game averaging 14 points in her previous five games, was forced to leave the game because of an ankle injury.

ORSILLO FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Arizona State junior guard Danielle Orsillo was featured in 'The Year in Sports' issue (Dec. 31-Jan. 7) of Sports Illustrated for her community involvement. Orsillo, among other community endeavors, has spent more than 150 hours of her time the last two years at The Arc of Tempe, a recreation center for mentally disabled adults. Orsillo, whose brother Mark has Down syndrome, engages in various activities with others at The Arc, including cooking, playing video games and shooting hoops. The story touched on the friendship that has developed between Danielle and one of The Arc's regular attendees, Daniel Strelitz, who also has Down syndrome. Orsillo is currently sidelined for the season with a knee injury she sustained during the first week of the season.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLI?

With its 67-49 win over Bowling Green in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2007 NCAA Tournament the Arizona State women's basketball team clinched its first ever appearance in the Elite Eight of the 'The Big Dance.' It was the latest `first time ...' for the Sun Devils under head coach Charli Turner Thorne, who continues to build on what is the most successful period in the program's history. Since the 2004-05 season the Sun Devils are 94-29, including a 6-3 record in NCAA Tournament games the last three seasons.

In 2005-06 Turner Thorne had the Sun Devils in the Top 10 of both polls for the first time 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. After leading the Sun Devils to a 25-7 in 2005-06 Turner Thorne was recognized being named the Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 8 Coach of the Year.

Now in her 12th 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 (171) in the Pac-10 Conference.

WHAT'S COMING UP?

The Sun Devils close out their current three-game homestand next Friday at 6:30 p.m. when they host Arizona in the second annual Pink Out game to raise breast cancer awareness. In addition to the game, representatives from local organizations such as Susan G. Komen will be available to discuss with fans what their organizations do to spread awareness, how they can volunteer, and when they are having upcoming events.

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