Coach's Season Is A Labor Of Love

March 12, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - There are berths, and then are births.

Arizona State received its its first berth in the women's NCAA tournament innearly a decade Sunday.

That same day, Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne was in the hospital,giving birth to her second son.

Not that the weekend needed any more milestones, but on Saturday the SunDevils gained a share of their first Pac-10 title on Thorne's 35th birthday.

Thorne, in her fifth season at Arizona State, has coached the teamthroughout her pregnancy.

And she intends to coach Friday when the Sun Devils (20-10) face LSU (19-10)in the first round of the Midweat Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.

This will be Arizona State's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since1992 when the Sun Devils lost to DePaul 67-65 in the first round.

Arizona State is 2-3 overall in the NCAA tournament, reaching the round of16 in 1982 and 1983.

The Sun Devils could have won the Pac-10 title outright but lost 51-49 toStanford on Saturday. That resulted in a three-way tie for first place withArizona State, Stanford and Washington.

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