Women's Basketball Releases 2002-03 Schedule
Aug. 20, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The 2002 Pac-10 Tournament Champion Arizona State women's basketball team announced its 2002-03 schedule on Tuesday, a challenging schedule that features 16 home dates including the ASU Holiday Classic and the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II.
The Sun Devils open the 2002-03 schedule at Wells Fargo Arena against Chicago State (Nov. 22) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 25). Next up for the Sun Devils is the annual ASU Holiday Classic Nov. 29-30, featuring Oklahoma State, Portland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Other non-conference home games include perennial Southeastern Conference contender Georgia on Dec. 2 and NCAA Tournament participant Denver on Dec. 9.
'We are tremendously excited about the schedule that we have put together for our team this year,' said Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne. 'We have always been committed to bringing the very best college women's basketball to the Valley, and I think we have done that this year. Our non-conference schedule is filled with teams that are always contending for their conference titles and going to the NCAA Tournament, and you will not find a better doubleheader in women's basketball than the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II.'
The highlight of the non-conference season happens on Dec. 7 when the Sun Devils play host to the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II. Arizona State will take on 2001 national champion Notre Dame in the first game, while national powerhouses Vanderbilt and Purdue will play in the second game.
Proceeds from the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II will be donated to the Phoenix affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to benefit breast cancer research, treatment and education in the Valley of the Sun.
Following non-conference stops at Kent State (Dec. 18) and Akron (Dec. 20), the Sun Devils open the Pac-10 Conference slate with a trip to the Bay Area to take on Stanford (Dec. 27) and California (Dec. 29). In January, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Arizona will make stops at Wells Fargo Arena, while Washington State, Washington and California visit Tempe in February.
ASU's regular-season finale will be a March 1 game with Stanford at Wells Fargo Arena in a rematch of last year's Pac-10 Tournament Championship game which ASU won to capture the first tournament title.
The second annual Pac-10 Conference Tournament moves to the Compaq Center in San Jose, Calif., on March 7-10 where the Sun Devils will be looking to defend their 2002 tournament title.
'We have worked hard to establish ourselves as one of the premier teams in the Pac-10 Conference, which is definitely one of the best conferences in the country,' Turner Thorne said. 'We have won Pac-10 championships in each of the last two years and don't expect to miss a beat this year as our young players take over that championship tradition. This season's slate of Pac-10 basketball promises to be as competitive as ever, so get your season tickets now!'
Season tickets for Arizona State women's basketball start as low as $100 for reserved seats, while single-game tickets are $8 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Season tickets can be purchased at 480-727-0000, while single-game tickets are available at 480-965-2381.
Arizona State returns two starters and six letterwinners from its 2002 Pac-10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament squad which tied the school record for wins with a 25-9 record. In addition, the Sun Devils gain the services of six new players (one junior college transfer and five freshmen), a recruiting class which was ranked 24th in the country.