No. 25 ASU Women's Basketball Faces UC Davis on Wednesday Night
Dec. 3, 2008
For the fourth time in six games this season the No. 25 Arizona State women's basketball team will be playing away from Tempe when it travels to Davis, Calif., for a contest against UC Davis on Wednesday night (7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT).
The Sun Devils have been on the road since opening the season with a pair of home games (both wins over Cleveland State and Tulane). The Sun Devils then traveled to Norman, Okla., for a game against then-second-ranked Oklahoma (Nov. 21) before traveling to The Bahamas for contests against Hofstra (Nov. 28) and Florida (Nov. 29).
Wednesday's game will be the second all-time meeting between ASU and UC Davis. The Sun Devils won the initial encounter, 77-56, last season behind 16 points from center Kirsten Thompson who would go on to be named the Pac-10's Player of the Week following her 7-of-7 performance from the floor (also 2-2 FTs). Briann January added 14 points while Lauren Lacey scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who shot 55.6 percent for the game and nearly doubled UC Davis in rebounding (39-20).
The Sun Devils are coming off a split in last weekend's Junkanoo Jam in The Bahamas. ASU defeated Hofstra 80-54 before getting upset by Florida, 65-60, in the championship game of their division. Briann January was named to the Junkanoo Jam's All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds while shooting nearly 79 percent from the field, including 75 percent from beyond the arc. Also turning in a solid weekend was senior Sybil Dosty who averaged 8.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the two contests. In the loss to Florida the Sun Devils nearly overcame a 15-point deficit in the final five minutes, coming within three points, before the Gators sank a pair of free throw with seven second left to put the game out of reach.
Playing its third consecutive home game, UC Davis has won three of its first four contests to start the season. In their most recent outing the Aggies defeated Santa Clara 62-54 on Monday night. Junior guard Haylee Donaghe led the Aggies with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Donaghe's 12.0 points per game has paced UC Davis this season while sophomore center Paige Mintun has added 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
ON THE AIR
Arizona State's game at UC Davis can be heard live on KDUS 1060 AM and on the Sun Devil Sports Network (subscription-based service that can be accessed via www.thesundevils.com). Pre-game coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Arizona. Valley veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his fifth year as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
ASU returns 11 players, including three starters -- guards Briann January and senior posts Sybil Dosty and Lauren Lacey -- from last season's team which went 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Devils were ranked No. 17 and No. 18 in the preseason polls for the Associated Press and ESPN/WBCA Coaches, respectively. Now 3-2 after five games the Sun Devils have slipped to No. 25 in both polls.
Since the start of the 2004-05 season the Sun Devils are 25-4 when coming off a loss.
Senior guard Briann January is steadily making her way up ASU's lists of all-time leaders in assists, steals and free throws. Currently January is second in assists (400, needs 42 assists to pass Jodi Rathbun as ASU's all-time assists leader), fifth in steals (209, needs 13 to pass Molly Tuter for fourth place) and free throws (318, needs 19 to pass Karen O'Connor for fifth place). January also needs 44 points to reach 1,000 points for her career. January currently leads the Pac-10 in assists (5.8 apg) and steals (3.4 spg), is second in assist-to-turnover ratio and seventh in scoring (11.4 ppg).
As a team the Sun Devils began this week leading the Pac-10 in rebounds allowed (29.4 rpg) and steals (13.6 spg) and were second in free throw percentage (.758), three-point FG percent (.364) and blocked shots (4.8 spg).
Junior Kayli Murphy, one of ASU's top performers during the offseason, remains sidelined with a hand injury she sustained during the first week of official workouts in October. Murphy played in every game for the Sun Devils each of the last two seasons. Murphy could return to the lineup later this week.
Going back to the start of the 2006-07 season, the Sun Devils are 40-4 when they outrebound their opponent, including a 3-1 record this season.
ASU's leading rebounder last season, senior Sybil Dosty has continued to lead the Sun Devils in boards this season and is currently seventh in the Pac-10, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. Dosty was named to the WNIT's All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in ASU's three WNIT games. In her most recent outing against Florida, Dosty pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds.
Versatile player who can play post or on the wing... Tremendous rebounder who has the potential to be an immediate contributor for ASU... Is a fierce competitor whose aggressiveness compliments her play on both ends of the floor... Has played in all five games this season (4.8 minutes per game) and has made four of her seven shot attempts and all four of her free throws.
Provides ASU with a strong rebounding, scoring and defensive presence on the inside... Transferred to Arizona State from the University of Tennessee in April 2006... After sitting out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules, came in and had an immediate impact last season leading the team in rebounding and field goal percentage... Is an Arizona native, who had a stellar career for Salpointe Catholic in Tucson... 2008 Pac-10 Defensive Honorable Mention... 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention... Scored in double figures 12 times in 2008... Is currently 3rd on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg), and 1st in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (2.0 bpg)... Was named to the Preseason WNIT's All-Tournament Team... Had a season-best 12 rebounds vs. Florida at the Junkanoo Jam (Nov. 29).
Possesses tremendous court awareness and understanding of the game... Good athlete who has exceptional skills... Capable of playing any position in the back court... Helped lead her high school basketball team to four consecutive state titles... Has played in two games this season and has tallied three assists in 15 minutes of play.
Bright, hard-working player who proved to be a difference maker during the Sun Devils' run to the Elite Eight in 2007... Has great skill, athleticism and versatility... Outstanding shooter who has made 51 percent (91-178) of her career field goal attempts, including 64 percent (7-11) in eight career NCAA Tournament games... Fractured her left hand on the first official day of practice in 2007-08 and as a result missed ASU's first two games and played with a splint on the hand for her first five games back ... Is currently fifth on the team in scoring (5.6 ppg) and has made 52 percent of her shots, including 3-5 from beyond the arc... Is also second on the team in both assists (2.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg)... Scored a career-best 13 points on 5-6 FGs in second round WNIT win over Tulane (Nov. 16)... Added a career-best five assists vs. Hofstra (Nov. 28).
Aggressive player who can score in a variety of different ways ... Has played in 42 career games... Was a member of the Australian Junior National Squad... Played in 28 games last season and had season bests in points (4) and assists (4) in win vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 30)... Had a career-high three blocks vs. Hofstra (Nov. 28).
Hard-working, dedicated player who walked on prior to the start of the 2005-06 season... Has played in 31 career games for the Sun Devils... Brother, Paul, has been a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Sun Devil football team... Played in a career-high 12 games in 2007-08...Had best game of 2007-08 in win vs. Washington State (Feb. 21), making both of her three-point field goal attempts to score a six points while also grabbing three rebounds... Has played in all five games this season (14.8 mpg)... Tallied career-best marks in points (8), field goals (3), assists (3) and minutes (16) in ASU's win over Tulane on Nov. 16... Tied her career best with eight points in 65-60 loss to Florida at the Junkanoo Jam (Nov. 29).
Dynamic and explosive point guard, whose combination of top-notch skills and one-of-a-kind athleticism make her one of the top players in the country at her position... One of the top defenders in the country, January was named the Pac-10's first ever Defensive Player of the Year In 2008... In seven career NCAA Tournament games has averaged 11.7 points and 3.1 assists. In those games she has hit 52.1 percent (25-48) of her field goal attempts (50 percent from three-point range,8-16) and 92.3 percent (24-26) of her free throws... is steadily making her way up ASU's lists of all-time leaders in assists, steals and free throws. Currently is second in assists (400, needs 42 assists to pass Jodi Rathbun as ASU's all-time assists leader), fifth in steals (209, needs 13 to pass Molly Tuter for fourth place) and free throws (318, needs 19 to pass Karen O'Connor for fifth place)... Also needs 44 points to reach 1,000 points for her career... Currently leads the Pac-10 in assists (5.8 apg) and steals (3.4 spg), is second in assist-to-turnover ratio and seventh in scoring (11.4 ppg)... Has recorded a season-best nine assists this season (one short of her career best)... Was named to the Junkanoo Jam's All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds while shooting nearly 79 percent from the field, including 75 percent from beyond the arc, in games against Hofstra and Florida.
Transferred to Arizona State from the University of Minnesota in April 2006... Proved to be a big a addition to the squad as she led the team in scoring and finished second in rebounding in 2007-08... Along with fellow transfer Sybil Dosty, spent the 2006-07 season practicing with the as the two were unable to play in games due to NCAA transfer rules... Versatile offensive game makes her a dual-threat both on the inside and from beyond the three-point line... 2008 All-Pac-10 Second Team... Concluded the season as ASU's leading scorer... (12.6 ppg, 10th in the Pac 10) while finishing second in rebounding (5.7 rpg, 11th in the Pac-10)... Also finished second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 in FG pct. (.493)... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring nine times and in rebounding 13 times... Has scored in double figures 28 times in her Sun Devil career, including five games of 20 or more points... Has made 48 percent of her shots this season... Is third on the team in overall rebounding (4.2 rpg) and is second in offensive rebounds (2.4 rpg).
Athletic, versatile post who has good scoring range... After playing in every game for ASU the last two seasons, Murphy has missed the first five games of the season with a hand injury she sustained during preseason workouts... Tied for the sixth-best shot block total in ASU history as a freshman... Was a teammate of current Sun Devil Dymond Simon at Phoenix St. Mary's, where the two helped lead the Lady Knights to two state championships and one runner-up finish... Played in all 33 games last season and finished fourth in field goal pct (.483)... Hit 51.1 percent of her shots over the season's last 15 games.
Was expected to be a significant contributor in 2007-08 before being forced to sit out the season because of a knee injury... After a rookie season in which she earned Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention honors, Orsillo continued to refine her game in 2006-07 in becoming one of the team's most reliable contributors throughout the season... Finished her high school career third on the state's all-time career scoring list... In December of 2007 was featured in Sports Illustrated's 'The Year in Sports' issue for her extraordinary community involvement... Has started each of the first five games of the season.
High-energy difference maker, who will be a part of what figures to be one of the top backcourts in the country in 2008-09... Was among the favorites for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 before an ACL injury ended her season after 20 games... 2008 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team... Scored in double figures 11 times last season, including a season-best 22 points in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament against California (Mar. 9)... Averaged 11.7 points over the last six games of the season, more than four points higher than her average in the previous 24 games... Has started every game this season and is currently second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg)... Has made all 12 of her free throws to start the season.
Veteran post player who has played in all 105 of ASU's games since joining the Sun Devils in 2005... Has made 51 percent of her career shot attempts (266-521) and nearly 74 percent (88-119) of her free throws... Scored in double figures four times in 2007-08 and closed the season by making 62.5 percent (20-32) of her field goal attempts in ASU's final nine games... Is averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds this season... has the ability to create instant offense as evidenced in ASU's season opening win over Cleveland State in which she scored 10 points (5-9 FGs) in only 12 minutes of play.
Provided key minutes as a reserve last season, playing in all but two games... Outstanding shot blocker who set the state of Arizona single-season record for blocks with 191 in 2006 and the surpassed that number with 215 in 2007... Led her high school team (Cactus) to three state titles in four years... Connected on 45.6 percent (26-57) of her shot attempts last season and had a season-best five rebounds on five occasions... Thus far in 2008 has made nearly 63 percent of her shots (10-16) and 88 percent of her free throws (7-8) and is second on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg)... Has already surpassed her career high in rebounding twice this season after grabbing seven against Cleveland State (Nov. 14) and 10 against Tulane (Nov. 16)... Has twice scored a season-best eight points this season (vs. Cleveland State and vs. Florida).
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