Arizona State relies on internal improvement from Kelsey Moos, others
SAN FRANCISCO – Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne knows what to expect and what needs fixing. Once she points out that her Sun Devils return 10 players from last season's 23-win campaign, she will then address the known, fixable problems leading into 2014-15.
"We won a lot with our toughness and just these young women playing with each other," she said Wednesday at 2014-15 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day. "Our goal this offseason is to get better statistically."
From improving the defensive field goal percentage to cleaning up the assist-to-turnover ratio, it's a numbers game for ASU.
"Our perimeter rebounding was tragic last year," Turner Thorne added.
And that is where the evolution of forward Kelsey Moos will determine a bit. Moos, who played power forward as a freshman, averaged 7.3 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game. She's expected to play a lot more small forward this coming season, and that should help ASU's rebounding improve. On a wider scale, it should allow the team to play against bigger lineups.
"I've been playing a lot with the guards, just trying to work on ball handling," Moos said. "I have to learn defense a little bit again, guarding screens."
Moos will have help as she works into the new role. To last year's core, the Sun Devils notably add freshman center Ayanna "Shaq" Edwards and Peace Amukamara, the younger sister of athletic returning guard Promise Amukamara.
Throw in some internal improvement, and Arizona State feels like it's ready to rock.
"We definitely plan on building on last year's success," Turner Thorne said.