ASU Women's Basketball Hosts Arizona on Saturday in Annual Pink Zone Game
Feb. 17, 2010
The Arizona State women's basketball team begins its final homestand of the regular season on Saturday (4 p.m. MT) when it hosts the Arizona Wildcats in its annual Pink Zone game to raise breast cancer awareness.
ASU enters this week's contest coming off a split on the road against Oregon State (W, 62-49) and Oregon (L, 82-81). The Sun Devils nearly came away with what would have been a very impressive sweep given they were without starting junior point guard Tenaya Watson, who did not make the trip because of an injured foot. Helping the Sun Devils pick up the slack were senior guard Danielle Orsillo (27.5 ppg, 19-31 FGs-.613, 15-16 FTs) and junior post Becca Tobin (13.0 ppg, 11-14 FGs-.786), who combined to average 40.5 points in each of the two games. As a team, ASU shot 62 percent for the weekend, including a season-best 64.6 percent against the Ducks.
The Sun Devils (15-9, 7-6 Pac-10) and Wildcats (13-11, 6-7 Pac-10) began the week in sixth and seventh place, respectively, in the Pac-10, separated by a single game in the conference standings. ASU trails Oregon (16-8, 7-5 Pac-10) and USC (13-10, 7-5 Pac-10), who are both tied for fourth place, by one-half game and third-place California (14-10, 8-5 Pac-10) by a full game. Stanford (23-1, 13-0 Pac-10) currently occupies the top spot in the conference, three games in front of second-place UCLA (16-7, 9-3 Pac-10).
The Sun Devils will have an opportunity to make up some ground in the conference race over the last three weekends of the regular season as four of their last five games are against teams they currently trail in the standings - vs. Stanford (Feb. 25), vs. California (Feb. 27), at UCLA (Mar. 4) and at USC (Mar. 6). Before they can entertain those thoughts, however, the Sun Devils must contend with an Arizona squad that comes to Tempe having won four of its last five games, including a 30-point home win against Washington on February 6.
Saturday's game will be the second meeting between the Sun Devils and Wildcats this season. Last month in Tucson, Tobin (19 points), Orsilo (16 points) and Watson (career-high 14 points) combined for 49 points in ASU's 73-67 win. With the scored tied at 44-44 in the second half, ASU used an 11-0 run to take control of the game.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink for Saturday's game which provides an opportunity for the Sun Devils, their fans and the university community to show their support in the fight against breast cancer. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. For every ticket sold to Saturday's game Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne will be donating 50 cents to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Arizona State's game vs.Arizona can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060. Pre-game coverage will begin at 3:30 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.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
ASU returns 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. Despite returning six players from last year's team, the Sun Devils began the season as a relatively inexperienced group. Of ASU's returning players, only seniors Kayli Murphy and Danielle Orsillo and junior Becca Tobin saw significant playing time last season.
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 is junior 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 has won nearly 78 percent (66-19) of its Pac-10 contests since the 2005-06 season.
On Saturday the Sun Devils will be at home where they are 74-13 (.851) since the 2004-05 season, including a 42-9 record (.829) against Pac-10 teams.
The Sun Devils have won 25 of the 48 contests against Arizona since Pac-10 play began in 1986-87. The Sun Devils have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including a 73-67 win last month in Tucson.
ASU has outrebounded its opponent 17 times in 24 games this season. The Sun Devils began the week 2nd in the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (31.4) and are 3rd in the conference and 19th in the nation in rebounding margin (+6.6).
Currently ASU's leading scorer averaging 14.8 points per game, senior G Danielle Orsillo has scored in double figures in all but four contests this season. Last week Orsillo set a new career best in scoring in both contests as she scored 26 points at Oregon State only to surpass that mark with 29 at Oregon. Her final scoring tally at Oregon represented the most points by a Sun Devil since G Kylan Loney scored 32 against Arizona in 2004.
ASU's `freshmen' made significant contributions last week. Freshman G Sabrina McKinney started both games in place of Tenaya Watson (injured foot) and averaged 4.0 assists in the two games while freshman G Deja Mann (6-7 FGs) and redshirt freshman post Janae Fulcher (5-7 FGs) combined to make nearly 79 percent (11-14) of their shots.
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 (16.5 mpg). Is currently tied for 2nd on the team in assists (2.3 apg). Has tallied 4 or more assists 7 times this season. 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). Started in place of Tenaya Watson (injured) at Oregon State (Feb. 11) and at Oregon (Feb. 13) and averaged 4.0 assists in the two games.
#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 16 games this season. Has grabbed a season-best 5 rebounds on two occasions. Scored four points (2-2 FGs) and grabbed 3 rebounds in win over Furman (Dec. 28).
#4 Haley Parsons - RS-Fr. - G
Redshirted last season. Has played in 4 games this season. After an excellent offseason, spent much of the preseason recovering from injury (was not cleared to play until early December). 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. Accounted for 3 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28).
#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 (12.5 mpg). Scored 5 points (2-3 FGs) in her Sun Devil debut vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Tallied 6 points in ASU's win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). Scored a season-best 7 points (3-6 FGs) vs. UCLA (Jan. 3). Has grabbed a season-best 4 rebounds 3 times this season. Was a combined 6-7 from the field at Oregon State (2-3, 4 points) and at Oregon (4-4, career-high 9 points).
#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 tied for the team lead in blocks per game (1.3), is 3rd in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and 5th in scoring (6.0 ppg). Has scored in double figures 4 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. Had her third double-digit rebounding game with 11 at California (Jan. 30). Scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and tied her career high with 5 blocks vs. Washington State (Feb. 6).
#12 Alex Earl - So. - G
Has a much bigger role this season following the graduation of three guards from last year when she played in 23 games (4.3 minutes per game). Has excellent perimeter shooting skills. Has played in 23 games this season (17.5 mpg) with 4 starts. Is second on the team in 3-point FGs (18) and is shooting 45 percent (13-32) from 3-point range in Pac-10 games. Missed ASU's 2009-10 season opener vs. South Dakota State (injured foot). 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). Scored 7 points (3-3 FGs) and had a career-best 4 assists vs. USC (Jan. 1). Played a career-high 31 minutes and scored 8 points and had 2 steals at Washington (Jan. 7). Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs, 3-4 3-point FGs) in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 21). Grabbed a career-high 4 rebounds and tied her career high with 2 steals at Stanford (Jan.28). Scored 10 points (4-7 FGs) and had a career-high 5 steals vs. Washington State (Feb. 4).
#13 Danielle Orsillo - Sr. - G
Started all 35 games last season after missing all but one game of the 2007-08 season with a knee injury. Has scored in double figures 31 times in her last 38 games going back to last season, including 20 times in 24 games this season. Currently leads the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), 3-point FGs (23), free throw percentage (.849) and steals (1.7 spg) and is tied for 2nd in assists (2.3 apg). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring 14 times this season, including a career-high 29 points (9-13 FGs, 9-10 FTs) in loss at Oregon (Feb. 13). Currently with 1,285 career points, needs 33 points to move into 7th place on ASU's all-time scoring list. 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). 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. Poured in 20 points (7-14 FGs, 6-6 FTs) to go along with 2 assists and 3 steals in ASU's win over Oregon State (Jan. 16). Scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half of ASU's win at Arizona (Jan. 24). Scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half at Califonria (Jan. 30), including the game winning basket with five-tenths of a second left. Had 6 assists (one short of her career high) to go along with 13 points in ASU's overtime win vs. Washington (Feb. 4). Averaged 27.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in ASU's contests at Oregon State (Feb. 11) and at Oregon (Feb. 13).Scored a (then) career-high 26 points (10-18 FGs, 6-6 FTs) in win at Oregon State (Feb. 11). Surpassed her career high in scoring for the second time in as many games against Oregon (Feb. 13) as she scored 29 points (9-13 FGs, 9-10 FTs). Sixteen of her points came in the second half as she made all six of her field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-point field goals. The 29 points were the most by a Sun Devil since Kylan Loney scored 32 vs. Arizona on January 31, 2004.
#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 24 games in 2009-10 and is currently 1st on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and 3rd in both field goal percentage (.526) and scoring (7.9 ppg). Is shooting nearly 73 percent (16-22) in her last six games. 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). Played a career-high 30 minutes and scored 11 points (5-10 FGs) and grabbed 7 rebounds at Washington (Jan. 7). Nearly had a double-double after scoring 10 points (3-6 FGs, 4-4 FTs) and grabbing 8 rebounds in win at Washington State (Jan. 9). Scored all 11 of her points from the free throw line (11-12 FTs) to go along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists vs. Oregon (Jan. 14). Was again close to a double-double following 9-point, 11-rebound performance at Arizona (Jan. 24). Recorded back-to-back double-doubles (3rd and 4th of her career) in ASU's contests against Washington (Feb. 4) and Washington State (Feb. 6). In the two games she averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists, while connecting on 91 percent of her shots, missing only one on the weekend (10-11). In ASU's 67-61 overtime win over Washington, Murphy scored a career-high 16 points (5-5 FGs, 6-8 FTs) to go along with 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists while tying her career-high in minutes played (33). She led ASU with 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double against Washington State (Feb. 6).
#22 Janae Fulcher - RS-Fr. - F/C
After redshirting in 2008-09, has a bigger hole 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 (12.5 mpg). Is first on the team in field goal percentage (.563, 45-80 FGs). Has hit 70 percent (14-20) of her field goal attempts in ASU's last 5 games. 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 a career-high 12 points vs. Baylor (Dec. 20). Matched her career high with 12 points (6-6 FGs) in ASU's win at Cal (Jan. 30).
#23 Markisha Patterson - Jr. - G
Transfer from Central Arizona, who is redshirting this season as she recovers from a knee injury. Was part of NJCAA national runner-up (2008) and NJCAA champion (2009) teams during her two seasons at Central Arizona where she was a teammate of fellow ASU newcomer Tenaya Watson.
#25 Kimberly Brandon - So. - G/F
Sister Gennifer is a freshman on the California women's basketball team. Has started 20 of 24 games in 2009-10 (20.0 mpg). 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). Scored 9 points (4-7 FGs) and recorded career bests in steals (4) and blocks (2) in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28). Recorded 9 points (3-3 FGs, 3-4 FTs) to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals in ASU's win vs. Oregon (Jan. 14). Pulled down 6 rebounds, to go along with 3 assists and 3 steals in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Scored 4 points, grabbed 6 more rebounds and had 3 more steals in win at Arizona (Jan. 24). Scored 6 points and tied her career high with 7 rebounds in win at Cal (Jan. 30). Scored 10 points (4-5 FGs) in ASU's overtime win vs. Washington (Feb. 6). Tied her career high in assists (4) and had a career-best 5 steals at Oregon (Feb. 13).
#30 Gabby Fage - Sr. - G
Reserve guard who has played in 80 career games. Is currently sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. Has played in 13 games in 2009-10, missing ASU's first 3 contests in December as she recovered from a broken nose. Has grabbed a season-best 5 rebounds on two occasions and has 12 assists and only 4 turnovers. 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. Has started 22 of 24 games in 2009-10 and is currently tied for the team lead in blocks per game (1.3) and is 2nd rebounding (6.0 rpg), scoring (10.1 ppg), free throw pct. (.827) and field goal percentage (.530). Has scored in double figures 12 times this season, including a career-high 20 points (8-10 FGs, 4-4 FTs) at Oregon (Feb. 13). Made the first start of her career in ASU's 2009-10 season opening win against South Dakota State and scored 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 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. Tied her career high with 13 rebounds to go along with 9 points and 2 blocks vs. USC (Jan. 1). Scored 19 points (7-8 FGs) at Washington (Jan. 7). Blocked 6 shots (one short of tying the single-game school record) and pulled down 8 rebounds in ASU's win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Came up one rebound short of a double-double (19 points 9 rebounds) in addition to recording 4 assists and 2 steals in ASU's win at Arizona (Jan. 24).
#35 Tenaya Watson - Jr. - G
Transfer from Central Arizona who has started 21 of 22 games this season. Is currently day-to-day with a foot injury that caused her to miss contests at Oregon State (Feb. 11) and at Oregon (Feb. 13). 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 1st on the team in assists (2.8 apg), 2nd in steals (1.5 spg) and 4th in field goal pct. (.481) and scoring (7.9 ppg). 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). Scored 12 points (6-9 FGs) and had 6 assists in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28). Had 12 points and 4 assists in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Set new career highs in scoring (14), steals (4) and blocks (4) in ASU's 73-67 win at Arizona (Jan. 24). Also, hit 83 percent of her shots (5-6) in the game. Led the team with 12 points (4-8 FGs) at Stanford (Jan. 28).