ASU Women's Basketball Hosts No. 2 Stanford on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Feb. 24, 2010
The Arizona State women's basketball team closes out the home portion of its regular season schedule this week when it hosts second-ranked Stanford on Thursday (7 p.m. MT) and California on Saturday (3 p.m. MT). This week's games will be the final regular season contests at Wells Fargo Arena for Sun Devil seniors Gabby Fage, Kayli Murphy and Danielle Orsillo, who will be recognized during Senior Day on Saturday.
The Sun Devils (16-9, 8-6 Pac-10) enter this week's games tied with USC (14-11, 8-6 Pac-10) for fourth place in league play. Thursday's game against Stanford represents the first of four straight games the Sun Devils will play over the next two weekends against teams who they are either tied with (USC) or trail (Stanford, Cal and UCLA) in the conference standings. California (16-10, 10-5 Pac-10) currently sits in third place and leads ASU and USC by 1.5 games while second-place UCLA (18-7, 11-3 Pac-10) holds a three-game lead over the Sun Devils and Trojans. Stanford (25-1, 15-0 Pac-10) has already clinched a share of the regular season title following its win over Oregon State on Saturday.
In their most recent contest the Sun Devils overcame the absence of starting junior point guard Tenaya Watson for the third straight game to beat in-state rival Arizona 57-49. Danielle Orsillo (10 points, 5 assists), Becca Tobin (10 points, 7 rebounds) and junior Janae Fulcher (10 points, 4 rebounds) combined for more than half of ASU's point total while Alex Earl came off the bench to spark ASU's rally by scoring all nine of her points (3 3-pointers) in the second half. Earl's triples came during a 27-11 run over the last 10 minutes of the game after the Sun Devils fell behind by eight points midway through the second half.
Thursday's game is a rematch of last month's contest in the Bay Area won by the Cardinal 71-48. In that contest the Sun Devils led by as many as 14 points in the first half before a Stanford run cut ASU's advantage to 29-25 at the half. A 23-3 run by the Cardinal over the first eight minutes of the second half put an end to ASU's upset bid. Watson led the Sun Devils with 12 points.
Both games can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. 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.
Thursday's game against Stanford can be also seen live on Fox Sports Net. Jim Watson (play by play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) will be on hand to call the action.There is no televised coverage of Saturday's game.
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 (67-19) of its Pac-10 contests since the 2005-06 season.
This weekend the Sun Devils will be at home where they are 75-13 (.852) since the 2004-05 season, including a 43-9 record (.827) against Pac-10 teams.
This weekend's games will be the final regular season home contests for Sun Devil seniors Gabby Fage, Kayli Murphy and Danielle Orsillo. Over the last four seasons the trio has helped the Sun Devils to a 95-34 (.731) record and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the only two Elite Eight berths in program history (2007, `09).
Stanford holds a 48-11 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona State. The Cardinal has won the last eight meetings and 12 of the last 14 overall.
The last four contests between Stanford and ASU at Wells Fargo Arena have been decided by an average of 4.5 points, including the Sun Devils' last win in the series, a 62-59 decision in February of 2006.
Currently ASU's leading scorer averaging 14.6 points per game, senior G Danielle Orsillo has scored in double figures in all but four contests this season.Two weeks ago Orsillo set a new career best in scoring in both contests as she scored 26 points at Oregon State (Feb. 11) only to surpass that mark with 29 at Oregon (Feb. 13). Her final scoring tally at Oregon represented the most points by a Sun Devil since G Kylan Loney scored 32 against Arizona in 2004.
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 (17.0 mpg). Is currently 3rd 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). Had 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), at Oregon (Feb. 13) and vs. Arizona (Feb. 20) and, averaging 3.7 assists in the 3 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 17 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 5 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 (12.6 mpg). Scored 5 points (2-3 FGs) in her Sun Devil debut vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Scored a 7 points (3-6 FGs) vs. UCLA (Jan. 3). Has grabbed a season-best 4 rebounds 5 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 sat out last 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. Has played in every game this season (14.6 mpg) and has scored in double figures 4 times. Currently tied for the team lead in blocks per game (1.3), is 3rd in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and 5th in scoring (5.8 ppg). 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 played in 23 games this season (17.5 mpg) with 4 starts. Is second on the team in 3-point FGs (21) and is shooting 43 percent (16-37) 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). Scored 10 points (4-7 FGs) and had a career-high 5 steals vs. Washington State (Feb. 4). Scored all nine of her points (3 3-pointers) during a five-minute span in the second half of ASU's 57-49 win vs. Arizona (Feb. 20).
#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. A starter in 60 straight games, has scored in double figures 32 times in her last 39 games going back to last season, including 21 times in 25 games this season. Currently leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), 3-point FGs (24), free throw percentage (.845) and steals (1.7 spg) and is 2nd in assists (2.4 apg). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring 15 times this season, including a career-high 29 points (9-13 FGs, 9-10 FTs) in loss at Oregon (Feb. 13). Currently with 1,295 career points, needs 23 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 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 25 games (25.6 mpg) in 2009-10 and is currently 2nd on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.521) and third in scoring (7.9 ppg). Is shooting .655 (19-29) in her last seven 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). 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 (12.6 mpg). Is first on the team in field goal percentage (.539, 48-89 FGs). 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). Tied for the team lead with 10 points in ASU's win vs. Arizona (Feb. 20).
#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 21 of 25 games in 2009-10 (20.1 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 is sidelined for the season after suffering a knee injury earlier this season. Played in 13 games in 2009-10, missing ASU's first 3 contests in December as she recovered from a broken nose. 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 23 of 25 games in 2009-10 and currently leads the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg), is tied for the team lead in blocks per game (1.3), is 2nd in scoring (10.1 ppg) and free throw pct. (.827) and 3rd in field goal percentage (.520). Has scored in double figures 13 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 has caused her to miss ASU's last 3 games. 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).