ASU Women's Basketball Hosts Furman on Monday Night

Dec. 26, 2009

Game No. 11
No. 18/17 Arizona State
(7-3)
vs.
Furman
(4-9)
Monday, December 28, 2009
6:30 p.m. MT • Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, Ariz.

UP NEXT

After a week-long layoff for the holidays, the Arizona State women’s basketball (No. 18 AP/No. 17 ESPN/USA Today) returns to action on Monday night (6:30 p.m. MT) when it hosts Furman at Wells Fargo Arena. Monday’s contest will be ASU’s last non-conference game before it opens up Pac-10 play later in the week when it hosts USC and UCLA.

Prior to the holiday break, the Sun Devils had their five-game winning streak snapped at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic where they lost a pair of hard-fought contests to current No. 10/10 Texas A&M (62-52) current No. 5/5 Baylor (70-66).

In both games the Sun Devils found themselves in position to pull off the upset. In the first contest of the weekend, Texas A&M closed the game with a 15-5 run after the Sun Devils tied the score at 57-57 with 4:14 remaining. The following night against Baylor, ASU fought back from a 12-point first-half deficit to eventually take a 3-point lead early in the second half. The final 20 minutes included 10 leads changes and seven ties, the last of which came with 5:51 left when a layup by junior guard Tenaya Watson tied the game at 60-60. A 7-1 run by Baylor over the next 2:40 combined with a sudden offensive dry spell by the Sun Devils (0-6 FGs over last 5-plus minutes) enabled the Bears to hold on for the 4-point win.

Junior Becca Tobin was named to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic’s All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Tobin made 57 percent of her field goal attempts (8-14) and 86 percent of her free throws (12-14) for the weekend. Also averaging double figures in scoring for the Sun Devils were senior guard Danielle Orsillo (14.0 ppg), who made all 12 of her free throws for the weekend; junior guard Tenaya Watson (11.0 ppg), who made 50 percent of her field goal attempts (7-14) and scored a season/career-best 13 points against Texas A&M; and redshirt freshman forward Janae Fulcher (10.5 ppg), who scored a season/career-best 12 points against Baylor.

ON THE AIR

Arizona State’s game vs. Furman can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6 p.m. Veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his sixth season as the voice of ASU women’s basketball. He will be joined on the broadcast by former Arizona State women’s basketball coach Maura McHugh.

IN THE POLLS

Following their losses in Las Vegas the Sun Devils dropped four places in both polls (from 14th to 18th in the AP poll and from 13th to 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll).  ASU began the season ranked 16th in the AP poll and 11th in the coaches’ poll. In November the Sun Devils were ranked 7th in the coaches’ poll which represented its highest ranking in school history in either poll.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

• ASU returns six players, including two starters – forward Kayli Murphy and guard Danielle Orsillo – from last year’s active roster that went 26-9 and earned the program’s second Elite Eight berth in the last three years.
• The Sun Devils are without last season’s leading scorer Dymond Simon as she spends the season rehabbing from the knee injury she suffered in the 2009 regular-season finale at Stanford. Also missing for the 2009-10 season because of injury will be guard Markisha Patterson, who transferred to ASU from Central Arizona where she was a teammate of guard Tenaya Watson, who also transferred to ASU.
• ASU is 25-6 in its last 31 games going back to last season. The record includes a school record 15-game winning streak during the 2009 Pac-10 season. Included among the opponents who have defeated the Sun Devils during that 31-game stretch are Stanford and UConn last March (two of the eventual participants in the 2009 Final Four) and Xavier, Texas A&M and Baylor this season, who are currently ranked 15th, 10th and 5th, respectively in the most recent AP poll. ASU also fell to USC in the quarterfinals of last season’s Pac-10 Tournament, a game in which the Sun Devils were playing without scoring leader Dymond Simon who suffered a season ending injury in ASU’s previous contest at Stanford.
• On Monday the Sun Devils will be at home where they are 70-10 (.875) since the 2004-05 season, including a 31-4 (.886) record against non-conference opponents.
• ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne needs two more wins (has 298 with Northern Arizona and ASU) to reach 300 for her career. Her 258 wins at ASU rank fourth all-time among Pac-10 head coaches.
• This will be the first all-time meeting between Arizona State and Furman.
• During the summer of 2007 Charli Turner Thorne and Furman head coach Sam Dixon served as assistants on the gold-medal winning USA Basketball U21 World Championship team that was led by current Duke University head coach Joanne P. McCallie.
• ASU’s current two-game losing streak marks only the seventh time the Sun Devils have dropped back-to-back games since the 2004-05 season a span of 180 games.
• ASU has outrebounded its opponent 8 times in 10 games this season.
Danielle Orsillo (.929) and Becca Tobin (.906) are currently ranked first and third, respectively in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting percentage. As a team, ASU made nearly 82 percent of its free throws in its two games in Las Vegas. Prior to that the Sun Devils had made just over 66 percent of their free throw attempts in their first eight games.

SUN DEVILS LOOK TO REMAIN AMONG THE BEST

During ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne’s stint leading the Sun Devil program, ASU has developed into one of the most successful programs not only in the Pac-10, but around the country as well. Since 2000, the Sun Devils have finished first or second in the Pac-10 a combined six times, and have finished lower than third only once. Nationally, ASU is one of 20 schools whose current streak of NCAA appearances is 5 or more, one of 15 schools that has qualified for the Sweet 16 three or more times in the last five seasons and one of 9 schools that has qualified for the Elite Eight at least two times in the last three years.

ALWAYS FEELING AT HOME

Something else the Sun Devils have come to be known for under Turner Thorne is having one of the best success rates in the country when they play on their home floor. Since 2004 the Sun Devils have won 87.5 percent (70-10) of the games they have played at Wells Fargo Arena. In addition, under Turner Thorne ASU has also proven to be nearly as effective when it is playing away from home. Since the 2006-07 season the Sun Devils have won more than 70 percent of their games when they were the visiting team or made a trip to a neutral site.

ADRIANNE THOMAS SIGNS WITH ASU

Charli Turner Thorne today announced on November 11 that Adrianne Thomas signed a national letter of intent to study and play basketball at Arizona State.

“I could not be more excited about the addition of Adrianne Thomas,” Turner Thorne said. “She is a powerful, explosive scoring combo guard who will fit in perfectly with our up-tempo offense and aggressive pressuring defense.

“Adrianne is an extremely tough and smart competitor who has had outstanding coaching through her high school and club programs. I predict she will adapt to the college game very quickly. Besides being one of the top guards in the country, Adrianne comes from an amazing family who has instilled in her great core values including impeccable character and strong leadership. She will be a great Sun Devil.”

A 5-9 guard, Thomas will be coming to ASU from Summit High School in Fontana, Calif., where she has earned Sunkist League MVP honors three times. In 2009 Thomas, who has scored in double figures 32 times the last two seasons, earned All-Sunkist League First-Team and All-CIF Southern Section First-Team recognition after leading her team to the state semifinals.

As a sophomore in 2008, Thomas helped Summit to its first CIF sectional championship game and the state quarterfinals. With her FBC club team she was named to the All-Tournament Teams of the adidas Womanhood National Championships, Summertime Invitational and adidas Super 64.

“Adrianne is a superstar on the court, off the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Summit girls basketball coach Alexis Barile. “On the court she’s the type of player that won’t allow our team to lose. In crunch situations she’s the one that pulls us together and makes sure we win. She has a refuse-to-lose mentally. She’s going to fit into the ASU program very well as a person first and then as a basketball player.”

2009-10 Bio Updates

#1 Dymond Simon - Sr. - G

• Is redshirting in 2009-10 as she continues to recover from ACL injury she suffered in 2009 regular season finale at Stanford.
• Led ASU in scoring (13.8 ppg) in 2008-09 on her way to Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors.
• Was a high school teammate of current Sun Devil senior Kayli Murphy.

#2 Sabrina McKinney - Fr. - G

• Outstanding defender who was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas.
• Has played in every game this season (17.7 mpg).
• Is currently 3rd on the team in assists (2.3 apg) and 4th in steals (0.9 spg)
• Scored a season-best 7 points at Xavier (Nov. 21).
• Made the first start of her career in ASU’s win vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4).
• Dished out a season-high 6 assists in ASU’s win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28).
• Recorded a season-best 4 steals in win vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4).

#3 Joy Burke - Fr. - F/C
• Local product (Tempe Marco de Niza), who was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and was also named to the Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona Team and earned all-city accolades three times.
• Connected on 63 percent of her field goal attempts as a senior at Marcos de Niza while averaging 23.3 points, 17.8 rebounds, 7.5 blocks and 3.9 steals per game.
• Has played in 8 games this season and has made 46 percent of her shots (5-11).
• Has grabbed a season-best 5 rebounds on two occasions.

#4 Haley Parsons - RS-Fr. - G

• Redshirted last season.
• Spent much of the preseason recovering from injury.
• Made her Sun Devil debut in ASU’s win over North Dakota (Dec. 9) and recorded a pair of assists in 9 minutes of play.

#5 Deja Mann - Fr. - G

• A 2009 graduate of Merced High School in Merced, Calif., where she earned first-team All-Central California Conference honors each of her first two seasons, including being named the conference’s MVP her sophomore season.
• Has played in every game this season (12.9 mpg).
• Scored 5 points (2-3 FGs) in her Sun Devil debut vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 15).
• Tallied a season-best 6 points in ASU’s win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28).

#11 Kali Bennett - RS-So. - C

• Transfer from the University of Washington who figures to play a big role this season after sitting out the 2008-09 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
• As a freshman at Washington in 2007-08, averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while tying for the team lead in blocked shots with 15.
• Currently leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg), is tied for 1st in blocks blocks (1.3 bpg) and is 4th in scoring (7.8 ppg).
• Has scored in double figures 3 times this season.
• Was named the MVP of the Rainbow Wahine Classic after averaging 15.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). The win over Hawaii included a career-best 15 rebounds while she made the first start of her Sun Devil career against East Tennessee State.

#12 Alex Earl - So. - G
• Will have a much bigger role this season following the graduation of three guards from last year’s team when she played in 23 games (4.3 minutes per game).
• Has excellent perimeter shooting skills.
• Has played in 9 games this season (13.7 mpg) with one start (vs. Pepperdine, Dec. 5).
• Is second on the team in 3-point FGs (5).
• Missed ASU’s 2009-10 season opener and she recovered from a foot injury.
• Made all four of her field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers, and scored a career-high 12 points in ASU’s win over Yale (Nov. 19).
• Hit 3-of-4 shots, including both of her 3-point FG attempts, and scored 8 points to go along with a career-best 3 assists in win vs. Pepperdine (Dec. 5).

#13 Danielle Orsillo - Sr. - G

• Returns as ASU’s most experienced player in the backcourt.
• Started all 35 games last season after missing all but one game of the 2007-08 season with a knee injury.
• Named to the 2009 Trenton Regional All-Tournament Team after she averaged 12.5 points and 2.5 assists while making all 10 of her free throws in ASU’s four NCAA Tournament games
• Has scored in double figures 20 times in her last 25 games going back to last season, including 9 times in 10 games this season. 
• Currently leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), 3-point FGs (13, 1.3 per game), free throw percentage (.929) and steals (2.0 spg), is tied for the team lead in assists (2.8 apg) and is 2nd in assists (2.8 spg).
• Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring 6 times this season, including a season-best 18 points in back-to-back Sun Devil wins vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28) and Idaho State (Dec. 4).
• Has made her last 15 free throw attempts.
• Was named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.5 points in ASU’s wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28).
• Went over 1,000 points for her career in ASU’s win over Idaho State (Dec. 4).
• Was named MVP of the ASU Classic after averaging 15.5 points in ASU’s wins over Idaho State (Dec. 4) and Pepperdine (Dec. 5).
• Scored 12 points to go along with a season-best 5 assists and a career-best 5 steals in ASU’s win over North Dakota on Jan. 9.
• Contributed 14 points in ASU’s losses to Texas A&M (Dec. 19) and Baylor (Dec. 20) at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.

#21 Kayli Murphy - Sr. - F/C 
• Returns as ASU’s most experienced player in the frontcourt.
• Played in every game her first two years before a hand injury caused her to miss the first six games last season. Would go on to start in 27 of the 29 games in 2008-09.
• Has started all 10 games in 2009-10 and is averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while connecting on 51 percent of her shots (34-67).
• Had the second double-double of her career in the 2009-10 season opener against South Dakota State in which she tied her career best in scoring with 12 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
• Was named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in ASU’s wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28)
• Led the team in scoring with a career-high 15 points in ASU’s win over North Dakota (Dec. 9).

#22 Janae Fulcher - RS-Fr. - F/C
• After redshirting in 2008-09, will have a big role this season after three post players graduated from last year’s team.
• Helped lead her high school basketball team, La Jolla Country Day, to four league championships.
• Has played in every game this season and is currently averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds while connecting on 54 percent of her shots (21-39). Scored two points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in her Sun Devil debut vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 15).
• Had the first double-double of her career with 11 points (5-6 FGs) and 10 rebounds in 12 minutes of play at Yale (Nov. 19).
• Scored 7 points (3-4 FGs) in win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28).
• Scored a career-high 12 points vs. Baylor (Dec. 20).

#25 Kimberly Brandon - So. - G/F

• Had a tremendous offseason and figures to play an even bigger role in 2009-10 after playing in 30 games last season (5.8 minutes per game).
• Sister Gennifer is a freshman on the California women’s basketball team.
• Has started 9 of 10 games in 2009-10 and is currently averaging 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
• Made the first start of her career in ASU’s 2009-10 season opener against South Dakota State (Nov. 15).
• Had career-best numbers in points (12) and assists (4) in win at Yale (Nov. 19).

#30 Gabby Fage - Sr. - G

• Reserve guard who has played in 74 career games.
• Will look to pick up where she left off at the end of the 2008-09 season as she played a big role in helping the Sun Devils qualify for the Elite Eight for the second time in three years. After averaging 5.8 minutes in her first 24 games of the season, averaged 22.8 minutes in ASU’s four NCAA Tournament contests.
• Has played in 7 games in 2009-10, missing ASU’s first 3 contests in Devcember as she recovered from a broken nose.
• Has grabbed a season-best five rebounds on two occasions and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 8-2.
• Scored 4 points, dished out 2 assists and had 2 rebounds in win at Hawaii (Nov. 27).

#32 Becca Tobin - Jr. - F/C
• Came into the 2009-10 season having played in 66 games her first two seasons.
• In 2008-09 led or tied for the team lead in rebounds nine times and blocks 10 times.
• Has started 8 of 10 games in 2009-10 and is currently 2nd on the team in both scoring (10.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).
• Currently leads the team in free throw attempts (32) and is second in free throw shooting percentage (.906, 29-32 FTs).
• Made the first start of her career in ASU’s 2009-10 season opening win against South Dakota State and scored a career-best 18 points to go along with six rebounds.
• Was named to the ASU Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 11.5 points (8-12 FGs, .667 FG pct) and 7.5 rebounds in ASU’s wins vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4) and Pepperdine (Dec. 5).
• Pulled down a season-best 10 rebounds in ASU’s win over North Dakota (Dec. 9).
• Was named to the Las Vegas Holidays Hoops Classic’s All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while making 58 percent of her shots against Texas A&M and Baylor.

#35 Tenaya Watson - Jr. - G
• Transfer from Central Arizona who has started 9 of 10 games this season.
• At Central Arizona was part of NJCAA national runner-up (2008) and NJCAA champion (2009) where she was a teammate of fellow ASU newcomer Markisha Patterson.
• Was named the MVP of the 2009 NJCAA Tournament after averaging 16.8 points in Central Arizona’s four tournament games. In the NJCAA championship game she scored a career-best 30 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Central Arizona defeat Missouri Jefferson College 78-77.
• Is currently tied for the team lead in assists (2.8 apg) and is 3rd in steals (1.1 spg).
• Scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and blocked 2 shots in her Sun Devil debut against South Dakota State (Nov. 15).
• Added 10 points (3-5 FGs, 4-4 FTs) in ASU’s win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28).
• Tallied a career-high 13 points, which included a 7-of-8 performance from the free throw line vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 19).

Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne

• The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (258-157) and No. 4 in the Pac-10 in most career wins, Charli Turner Thorne has led the Arizona State women’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last nine years, including the last five seasons in a row. The seven NCAA appearances are four more than what ASU had in the 15 years prior to Turner Thorne’s arrival in Tempe.
• In 2009 Turner Thorne guided the Sun Devils to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.
• With 26 wins in 2008-09, Turner Thorne joined former Washington head coach Chris Gobrecht and current Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer as the only other coaches in Pac-10 history (since the 1986-87 season) to have led their respective schools to five (or more) consecutive 20-win seasons.
• In 2006-07 Turner Thorne guided the Sun Devils to a school record 31 wins, including a school record 16 Pac-10 wins, and led them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Sun Devils concluded the 2006-07 season ranked No. 8 in the final USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll, their highest FINAL rankings in each of the respective polls in school history.
• In 2005-06 Turner Thorne guided ASU to a 25-7 record and also led the Sun Devils to their seventh consecutive postseason berth. During the second half of that 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 season (also led ASU to its first Top 10 ranking in 22 years).
• In 2004-05 directed 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, which at the time had tied the single-season school record for most wins.
• 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 where she played under Tara VanDerveer.
• During the summer of 2009 Turner Thorne served as the head coach of the USA Women’s World University Games Team which went undefeated (7-0) and captured the gold medal at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Turner Thorne’s second time working with USA Basketball. In the summer of 2007 Turner Thorne served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball’s U21 World Championship Team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
• Is currently vice president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Executive Committee.
• 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: 298-197

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