ASU Women's Basketball Hosts Washington in Final Home Game on Sunday

Feb. 23, 2008

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The Arizona State women's basketball team concludes the home portion of its 2007-08 schedule on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. MT) when it hosts the Washington Huskies at Wells Fargo Arena. The game will be the final at home for Sun Devil seniors Jill Noe and Reagan Pariseau, who will be recognized in a ceremony prior to the game.

The Sun Devils (17-9, 11-4 Pac-10) remained in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 after defeating the Washington State Cougars 59-30 on Thursday night. ASU made history with its performance against the Cougars in holding them to the fewest points ever scored in a Pac-10 women's basketball game. The 30 points also tied ASU's school record for the fewest points allowed which was set by the 1992-93 squad (vs. Grand Canyon, Dec. 4, 1992). Sybil Dosty scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead the Sun Devils on Thursday while fellow junior Lauren Lacey added 12. The Sun Devils also received key contributions from freshman Becca Tobin (career-best 10 points) junior Nia Fanaika (connected on the first two three-point field goals of her career) and Pariseau (tied season best in assists with 5).

The Huskies (12-15, 7-8 Pac-10) have won their last three contests and five of seven overall since the last time they met ASU on Jan. 24. They have been led by the combination of freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (12.0 ppg) and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (11.1 ppg), who have combined to average more than 23 points per game. Of Washington's eight losses during the Pac-10 season, five have been by single digits, including three by four points or less.

In the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 24 in Seattle, Lacey scored 20 points and Kayli Murphy had a career-best 11 points as the Sun Devils defeated the Huskies 68-62. ASU shot 46 percent and outrebounded the Huskies 37-26, including a 17-10 advantage in offensive rebounds which led to 16 second-chance points.

PROMOTION

This weekend is City of Tempe Weekend. Fans who show proof of employment or residency in the city of Tempe will receive $2 General Admission tickets at the door on game day. In addition, the first 500 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a free ipod armband sponsored by Crocs.

TELEVISION/RADIO

ASU's game vs. Washington can be seen live on Fox Sports Net. Jim Watson (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 noon. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his fourth year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

• ASU is 36-6 in its last 42 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. Last season ASU set a school record last season by winning 16 of 18 Pac-10 games. This season the Sun Devils were off to their best ever conference start after winning their first five Pac-10 games before losing to Cal (Jan. 17) and Stanford (Jan. 20) at home. They have since won six of their last eight games.

• ASU is 21-3 in the second half of Pac-10 play since the 2005-06 season.

• The Sun Devils are 39-5 in Pac-10 home games since the 2003-04 season.

• As of Feb. 22, ASU is ranked in the top 3 of the Pac-10 in three-point FG pct. defense (1st, .248), assists (1st, 16.96 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd, 0.87), field goal percentage (2nd, .442), steals (2nd, 9.58 spg), scoring defense (3rd, 58.3 ppg), scoring margin (3rd, +6.3), free throw percentage (3rd, .706), rebounding defense (3rd, 32.9 rpg) and three-point FG pct (3rd, .327).

• The Sun Devils have been victorious in eight of their last 10 meetings against Washington, including the last six in a row.

• Junior center Sybil Dosty has averaged 11.3 points and made 70 percent (16-23) of her field goal attempts in ASU's last three games ... Dosty has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding six times in ASU's last seven games, a span during which she has averaged 6.9 rebounds including 11 vs. Oregon (Feb. 2) and 11 at Cal (Feb. 14) ... Dosty (33 blocks this season) needs one more block to pass Fran Ciak (1989-90 season) for fourth place on ASU's all-time list for most blocks in a season.

• Reagan Pariseau has had a 21-5 assist-to-turnover ratio in ASU's last seven games. She has made 56 percent (5-9) of her three-point field goal attempts in ASU's last three contests.

• Jill Noe (1,150 career points) needs 44 points to tie Jodi Rathbun (1983-86) for ninth place on ASU's all-time scoring list. Also one of ASU's all-time top three-point threats (132 career three-point FGs) Noe needs one three-point FG to tie Betsy Boardman (2000-05) for third and two more to tie Crystal Cobb (1989-94) for second on ASU's all-time list. Noe is also currently 10th on ASU's all-time assists list with 337. She needs three more assists to pass Cassandra Lander (1980-83) for ninth place.

• Currently with 348 career assists, Briann January needs five more assists to move past former Sun Devil Natalie Tucker (1998-01) for seventh place on ASU's all-time list. In the steals category (currently ninth place with 184) she needs three more to tie Kym Hampton (1981-84) and Jovonne Smith (1989-93) for seventh and five more to tie Sandra Hamilton (1981-82) for sixth place.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS WASHINGTON

Although Washington leads the all-time series with ASU 26-19, the Sun Devils have dominated the series of late having won eight of the last 10 meetings, including the last six in a row. Included in that six-game winning streak is a 67-61 victory in 2006 in Seattle, which gave Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne her first victory against the Huskies on the road.

Last month the Sun Devils won their third straight game against Washington in Seattle, 68-62.

Two years ago the Sun Devils swept the season series for the first time since the 1992-93 season, winning 64-51 in Tempe and 67-61 in Seattle. In the two games the Sun Devils held the Huskies to a combined 35.9 percent shooting.

NOTES FROM THE SEASON

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

• The 30 points Washington State scored against ASU on Feb. 21 represented the 14th 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 is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation in assists (17.0 apg).

• ASU has held the opposition to 20 or fewer points in a half 11 times this season.

• Eighteen of ASU's 26 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 (then) 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. As a team, the Sun Devils need 13 more blocks to break the school single-season record of 99 set by last year's squad.

• The Sun Devils have had five 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 34-2 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 22.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game.

Lacey is currently leading the team in scoring (12.4 ppg, 13.7 ppg in Pac-10 games) and is second in rebounding (5.8 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. Lacey averaged 14.4 points while shooting 49.1 percent from the field during ASU's recent five-game winning streak.

The leader in field goal percentage during her two seasons at Tennessee, Dosty is currently shooting 55.1 percent from the field (third in the Pac-10). 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 (9.0 ppg) and leads the squad in rebounding (6.7 rpg). She has averaged 11.3 points and made 70 percent (16-23) of her field goal attempts in ASU's last three games. In addition Dosty has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding six times in ASU's last seven games, a span during which she has averaged 6.9 rebounds including 11 vs. Oregon (Feb. 2) and 11 at Cal (Feb. 14)

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 free throw percentage (.856) and steals (2.46 spg), is second in assists (4.69 apg) while ranking 16th in the Pac-10 and second on ASU in scoring (11.0 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 17 times, 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 averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals in ASU's last five contests. She has connected on 50 percent of her field goal attempts (18-36) during that span.

Currently with 348 career assists, Briann January needs five more assists to move past former Sun Devil Natalie Tucker (1998-01) for seventh place on ASU's all-time list. In the steals category (currently ninth place with 184) she needs three more to tie Kym Hampton (1981-84) and Jovonne Smith (1989-93) for seventh and five more to tie Sandra Hamilton (1981-82) for sixth place.

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). She added a career-high six assists in the rematch with the Beavers on Jan. 31. At Stanford (Feb. 16) Simon scored 13 points in only 14 minutes of action before being forced to leave the game with a head injury. She remained sidelined for ASU's win against Washington State on Feb. 21.

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. Thus far in Pac-10 play Dosty is third on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.2 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). Dosty (33 blocks this season) needs one more block to pass Fran Ciak (1989-90 season) for fourth place on ASU's all-time list for most blocks in a season.

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 53 percent of her shots (10-19) in ASU's last seven 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 97-31, 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 (173) in the Pac-10 Conference.

WHAT'S COMING UP?

The Sun Devils close out the regular season when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins (Thurs., Feb. 29, 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT) and the USC Women of Troy (Sat., Mar. 1, 11 a.m. PT/noon MT).

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