Women's Hoops Heads to Oregon and Oregon State
Jan. 27, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off a 73-58 upset of 19th-ranked Arizona last week which snapped the team's two-game losing streak, the Arizona State Sun Devils (12-6 overall, 4-5 Pac-10) begin the second half of the Pac-10 Conference regular season this week with a trip to the state of Oregon, taking on the Oregon Ducks (7-11, 3-6) on Thursday night and the Oregon State Beavers (10-8, 4-5) on Saturday night. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Mountain. Beginning this weekend, ASU hits the road for a streak that will see the team play five of its next seven games on the road. The Sun Devils look to extend a four-game winning streak over the Ducks and win the team's fifth straight game at Oregon's McArthur Court, a streak which included three victories in last year's Pac-10 Tournament. Arizona State also hopes to snap a three-game losing streak at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum and win the team's third straight game over the Beavers.
Oregon returns home this weekend after playing its last three games on the road and splitting a pair at Washington (79-60 loss) and Washington State (73-69 win). The Ducks are 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-10 and have lost three of their last four games. Oregon State also split against Washington State (65-62 win) and Washington (82-56 loss) last weekend. The Beavers' loss at Washington snapped a three-game winning streak for OSU which is 10-8 overall and tied with ASU and USC for fifth place at 4-5 in the Pac-10 standings.
In the SeriesOregon leads the series with ASU 25-13 dating back to the first meeting between the two teams in 1980-81. Oregon holds a 14-4 advantage in games played in Eugene. The Sun Devils have won the last four meetings between the two teams including a 78-63 victory on Jan. 4 at Wells Fargo Arena, which marked the 100th win of Charli Turner Thorne's ASU career. ASU has also won the last two games between the two teams at Oregon's McArthur Court. Last year, ASU earned just its second season sweep of Oregon with the only other one coming in 1992-93. Last season, Arizona State snapped an eight-game losing streak at Mac Court with an 86-72 victory in Eugene on Jan. 6, downed the Ducks 69-58 Jan. 31 in Tempe and capped off the trifecta with a 64-58 victory in Eugene in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 2. In that Pac-10 Tournament victory, the Sun Devils overcame an eight-point second half deficit to advance to the championship game where the team upset second-ranked Stanford to win the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament. Including the team's regular-season win over the Ducks and Pac-10 Tourney wins over Arizona, UO and Stanford, ASU holds a 4-0 record in its last four games at McArthur Court.
Oregon State holds a slim 18-17 advantage over Arizona State in a series that dates back to the 1983-84 season. ASU has won the last two games in the series, including a 70-58 victory over the Beavers on Jan. 2 in Tempe. Last year, the teams split two meetings with the Beavers winning 77-70 in Corvallis on Jan. 4 and the Sun Devils earning a 71-65 victory on Feb. 2 in Tempe. The Sun Devils have won nine of the last 12 games in the series and seven straight games at Wells Fargo Arena but have lost the last three games at OSU's Gill Coliseum. The Beavers hold a 12-5 advantage in Corvallis with ASU's last road win coming in 1998-99 with a 77-65 win on Feb. 21, 1999 to complete the team's second straight season sweep of the Beavers.
Oregon ConnectionsThe Sun Devils have four players who hail from the state of Oregon in junior Betsy Boardman (Portland), sophomore Carrie Buckner (Corvallis), freshman Amy Denson (Central Point) and Jill Noe (Tualatin). Boardman, who is sitting out the 2002-03 season after tearing her ACL in preseason practice, came to ASU from Beaverton High School where she was an honorable-mention high school All-American in each of her last three seasons and runner-up for Oregon Player of the Year following her senior season. In 2000, Boardman led her Beavers to the school's first Metro League championship and was selected as the league's MVP. A three-time all-league selection and the 2001 Valley League Player of the Year, Buckner helped her Crescent Valley High School to its eighth straight Valley League title as a senior and earned all-tournament honors at the Oregon 4A state tournament.
Denson was the 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oregon after leading her Crater High School team to its second straight league title. The Oregonian's 4A State Player of the Year, she set the school career scoring record with 1,326 points in just three years and led the state in scoring as a senior with 20.7 points per game. Noe came to ASU from Wilsonville High School where she was named the state 3A Player of the Year in each of her last two years. Noe led her team to back-to-back 3A state titles in her final two seasons and was a three-time Tri-Valley League MVP.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...Head coach Charli Turner Thorne shook up her starting lineup in Thursday night's upset of 19th-ranked Arizona, giving senior guard Rainy Crisp her second start of the season and freshman forward Jenny Thigpin the first start of her career. It marked the fourth different starting lineup of the season for the Sun Devils, while eight of the 12 players on ASU's active roster have now started at least one game this year.
Just Say NoeFreshman Jill Noe earned her second Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season on Jan. 6 and became the first true freshman in the Pac-10 to earn two player-of-the-week honors in a season since Stanford's Nicole Powell did it in 2000-01. Noe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 30-Jan. 5 after averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals in ASU's home wins over Oregon State and Oregon. She turned in a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds in the victory over Oregon State and followed up that effort with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in ASU's win over Oregon. On the weekend, Noe shot 41.7 percent from the field (10-24), 42.9 percent from three-point land (6-14) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-18). Noe was also named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 9-15. She came within one rebound and one assist of recording the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history in ASU's 76-53 defeat of Denver on Dec. 9. Noe finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, adding six steals in 26 minutes of play. She shot 7-of-11 (.636) from the field, including a 75.0 percent clip (3-of-4) from 3-point range. Noe also recorded two blocked shots and committed no turnovers in the victory over the Pioneers.
Noe has done it all for the Sun Devils this year, pacing the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (.392), free throw percentage (.825) and steals (2.4 spg), is second on the team in assists (3.3 apg) and ranks third on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg). She is ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals, fifth in scoring, free throw shooting and three-point shooting, 10th in assists and 13th in rebounding. With 278 points, she already ranks fourth on the ASU single-season list for scoring by a freshman and is also threatening the school freshman records for steals (sixth with 44) and assists (ninth with 60).
Noe has scored in double figures 15 times in 18 games this year (with five 20-point games) and has paced the team in scoring in 11 of ASU's 18 contests this season, including 10 of the last 14. She notched career highs for scoring in back-to-back games with 21 points at California on Dec. 29 and 23 points Jan. 2 vs. Oregon State and matched her career best again with 23 points (including 18 in the second half) at Washington State on Jan. 11. Noe is also tied with fellow freshman Kristen Kovesdy for the team lead with three double-doubles on the year including 11 points and 11 rebounds Jan. 16 vs. UCLA.
Offensive FirepowerAfter leading the Pac-10 in most defensive categories in the last two years, this year's Sun Devils have also shown a little offensive firepower this season. This year, the team is averaging 68.7 points per game which ranks fifth in the Pac-10, including a season-high 82 points twice (last at Akron on Dec. 20). The team also ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage and three-point percentage, shooting 41.9 percent from the field (438-1045) and 33.0 percent from three-point land (71-215).
But Not to Forget the Defense...Despite the team's improved offensive performance, the Sun Devils still continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the conference. ASU is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding defense, allowing just 32.8 rebounds per game. The Sun Devils are also ranked third in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 62.1 points per contest.Arizona State has led the league in both rebounding and scoring defense in each of the last two years (2000-01 and 2001-02). Last year, the team set a Pac-10 record by giving up just 59.1 points per game, while the team's current average of 32.8 boards allowed per game would set the school record for rebounding defense, currently held by last year's team which allowed just 33.3 rebounds perr game. Last week, the Sun Devils held Arizona to just 58 points and 28 rebounds, 20.8 points and 13.1 rebounds below the Wildcats' then Pac-10 leading 78.5 points and 41.1 rebounds per contest. ASU also held the Wildcats to just eight offensive rebounds in the game and none in the first half of that contest.
The Sun Devils also rank second in the league in three-point shooting defense, a category the team has paced the Pac-10 in during three of the last four years. This season, ASU is allowing its opponents to shoot just 30.0 percent from three-point land (45-150), while in the last two games, the Sun Devils have held their opponents to just 7.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc (1-13).
Last Time OutFreshman Jill Noe scored 22 points, and Arizona State held No. 19 Arizona 20 points below its Pac-10-leading average in a 73-58 upset Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory gave ASU its third straight win over Arizona at Wells Fargo Arena and its fifth in the last six meetings with the Wildcats
Arizona State led for most of the game, jumping out to a 21-6 lead with 12:24 to play. The Wildcats cut the lead to four points with a 13-2 run, but the Sun Devils went into the locker room with a 32-24 halftime lead. Noe and fellow freshman Amy Denson each had six points in the first half to lead the Sun Devils, while sophomore Carrie Buckner turned in four points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Wildcats 22-10 and didn't not allow the Wildcats an offensive rebound in the first half.
Arizona State committed just six turnovers in the second half to build on its halftime lead. Arizona cut the Arizona State's lead to 47-46 with 8:50 left, but Noe made a pair of free throws and turned a steal into a layup to put the Sun Devils up 51-46 with 8:18 to play, and the Wildcats couldn't get any closer.
Noe finished with 22 points, including 16 in the second half, while Buckner turned in the first double-double of her career with 10 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds. It also marked the ninth double-double of the season for ASU and the first by someone other than a true freshman.
Sophomore Dee-Dee Wheeler had 14 points to lead the Wildcats, while ASU freshman Jenny Thigpin, in her first start of the season, helped hold Arizona redshirt freshman Shawntinice Polk, the conference's second-leading scorer, to 11 points, seven below her average. Polk didn't score a basket until there was 15:30 left in the game and was 3-of-7 from the field before fouling out with 7:13 left. Thigpin and Polk were teammates at Hanford (Calif.) High School.
Last Time Against OregonSophomore Kylan Loney knocked down five three-pointers for a career-high 21 points to lead Arizona State to a 78-63 victory over Oregon Jan. 4 at Wells Fargo Arena. The win marked the 100th victory of Charli Turner Thorne's ASU career.
ASU took the early lead in the game, going up 14-5 when Loney hit the first of her career-best five treys with 12:35 to play in the first half. Oregon narrowed that gap to two a minute later, but ASU answered with an 8-2 run to go up 22-14 with 8:24 to play. The Ducks tied the game at 24 with 5:24 to play in the half, but Loney nailed two more treys over the final five minutes of the half to help ASU a 40-32 halftime lead.
Loney had 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the first half to lead the Sun Devils. Sophomore Carrie Buckner turned in a solid first half with eight points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists while taking on the tough defensive assignment of keeping the Ducks' leading scorer, sophomore Brandi Davis, in check.
In the second half, ASU stretched its lead to double figures on the first possession when freshman Amy Denson stole the ball from Oregon's Kayla Steen, and freshman Jill Noe dished to Loney who hit her fourth trey of the game to make it 43-32. The Ducks cut the lead to seven midway through the second half, but the Sun Devils knocked down 14-of-15 free throws, including all six attempts over the last five minutes of the game.
Loney led all scorers with her career-high 21 points, knocking down 8-of-15 from the field including 5-of-9 attempts from three-point land. Noe turned in 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Buckner finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two assists. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. For Oregon, Davis led three Ducks in double figures with 15 points, while sophomore Andrea Bills had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Last Time Against Oregon StateFreshman Jill Noe turned in a career-best 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Arizona State to a 70-58 victory over Oregon State and its first Pac-10 win Jan. 2 at Wells Fargo Arena. Oregon State took the early lead in the ballgame, going up 7-2 with 16:32 to play after junior Hollye Chapman knocked down a three-pointer. Arizona State took its first lead of the game five minutes later at 12-11 with 11:29 when sophomore Kylan Loney connected on a three-pointer of her own, but the rest of the half continued to be a seesaw battle with seven ties and six lead changes and no team leading by more than four points.
Noe knocked down a three-pointer for the Sun Devils to tie the game at 29 with 30 seconds left in the half. She then grabbed a steal and hit fellow freshman Amy Denson for a layup to put ASU up 31-29 with 10 seconds to play, but OSU sophomore Juleen Smith drove the lane and knocked down a layup of her own at the buzzer to tie the game at 31 at halftime. Noe led all players with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in the first half.
In the second half, both squads continued to battle until ASU pulled ahead with a 5-0 run to give the Sun Devils a 45-40 advantage with 9:36 to play, a lead they would not relinquish. Oregon State cut the lead to three points on the next possession, but Loney and Noe answered with a pair of three-pointers to keep the Beavers at bay. The Sun Devils outrebounded the Beavers 22-12 in the second half and knocked down 77.3 percent (17-22) of their free throws en route to the 70-58 win.
Noe turned in the second double-double of her young career with a career-best 23 points and 11 rebounds. She went 7-of-12 from the field, knocking down 4-of-8 three-pointers, and added four assists and six steals. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy had 17 points and six rebounds, while Loney turned in 10 points, including a pair of treys, a team-best six assists and two blocks. Denson finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. OSU freshman Casey Bunn led three Beavers in double figures with 13 points and 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Ball TheftsThe Sun Devils are ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals this season, averaging 11.2 steals per game. The team had a season-high 20 steals vs. UW-Milwaukee in the championship game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Nov. 30 and 19 in their victory over Denver on Dec. 9. ASU has tallied at least 10 steals in 11 of 18 games this year. Freshman Jill Noe leads the team and is ranked third in the Pac-10 with 2.4 thefts per game, including a career-high-tying six steals Jan. 2 vs. Oregon State. Eight Sun Devils have 12 or more steals on the year.
Young GunsThree of ASU's true freshmen continue to lead the team and rank in the top 20 in the Pac-10 in both scoring and rebounding. Freshman guard Jill Noe, a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, ranks first on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 15.4 points and third on the team and 13th in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 5.7 boards per contest. Noe has led the team in scoring in 10 of the last 14 games, including a career-best 23 points Jan. 2 vs. Oregon State and again Jan. 11 at Washington State. Freshmen forwards Amy Denson and Kristen Kovesdy lead the team and rank eighth and ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.6 rpg), while Denson is second on the team and tied for 16th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.1 points per game. Kovesdy is third on the team and 18th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.0 ppg) and also leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 59.2 percent (74-125).
Double TroubleASU had a true freshman turn in her first career double-double in each of the team's first three games, while the Sun Devil rookies have had eight of ASU's nine double-doubles this season. Freshman guard Jill Noe led the Sun Devils with a double-double in their season-opening win over Chicago State with 17 points and 10 rebounds, freshman forward Kristen Kovesdy matched the feat with a double-double of her own with 19 points, on 7-of-7 shooting, and 10 rebounds off the bench vs. Northern Illinois, and freshman forward Amy Denson turned in 12 points and 14 rebounds in ASU's victory over Portland State in the first round of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic. Kovesdy turned in the second double-double of her young career at Kent State on Dec. 18 with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Denson turned in the second of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds at Cal on Dec. 29 and Noe accomplished the same feat on Jan. 2 with career bests of 23 points and 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State. Both Noe and Kovesdy had their third double-doubles of the season Jan. 16 vs. UCLA with Noe turning in 11 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds and Kovesdy adding 13 points and a career-best 13 boards.
ASU's Double-DoublesJill Noe (Chicago State, 11/22/02) 17 pts, 10 rbsKristen Kovesdy (Northern Illinois, 11/25/02) 19 pts, 10 rbsAmy Denson (Portland State, 11/29/02) 12 pts, 14 rbsKristen Kovesdy (Kent State, 12/18/02) 12 pts, 12 rbsAmy Denson (California, 12/29/02) 17 pts, 11 rbsJill Noe (Oregon State, 1/2/03) 23 pts, 11 rbsJill Noe (UCLA, 1/16/03) 11 pts, 11 rbsKristen Kovesdy (UCLA, 1/16/03) 13 pts, 13 rbsCarrie Buckner (Arizona, 1/23/03) 10 pts, 12 rbs
Second-Half SurgesThis year's Sun Devils have shown the ability to kick things up a notch in the second half, outscoring their opponents 679-587 over the final 20 minutes this year. The team has only been outscored in the second half just four games this year (all losses - at Stanford, at Cal, vs. UCLA and vs. USC). ASU has shot 42.8 percent from the field in the second half this year (231-519), including a season-best 81.0 percent outing Dec. 20 at Akron (17-21). Comparatively, the Sun Devils have outscored their opponents just 558-530 and shot just 39.4 percent from the field (207-526) in the first halves of games this year.
In the team's first loss of the year to No. 9 Notre Dame, the Sun Devils followed up a dismal 17-point, 13.8-percent half by playing the Fighting Irish to a 35-35 tie and shooting 39.5 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. On Dec. 18 at Kent State, ASU rebounded from a 26.7 percent first half (8-30) with a 51.9 percent half (14-27). In ASU's games at Washington and Washington State on Jan. 9 and 11, the team averaged 16.5 points and shot 22.8 percent from the field (13-57) in the first halves compared to 44.5 points and 46.9 percent from the field (31-66) in the second halves of the two contests.
Success at the Charity StripeThis season, the Sun Devils have turned into one of the league's better free throw shooting teams, ranking fifth in the Pac-10 in the category at 69.5 percent on the year (290-417). Last year, the team finished ninth in the Pac-10 in the category at just 63.9 percent (524-820). The Sun Devils turned in their best effort from the charity stripe this year with an 83.3 percent outing (15-18) at Kent State on Dec. 18 and have shot 70 percent or better from the line in 10 of 18 games. Freshman Jill Noe leads the team and is fifth in the Pac-10 at 82.5 percent (85-103), including 8-of-8 Jan. 18 vs. USC. Six Sun Devils are shooting at least 65 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
Quick Notes- Starting this weekend at Oregon and Oregon State, Arizona State will play five of its next seven games on the road where the team has a 3-3 record. ASU is 1-3 on the road in Pac-10 play with the team's lone league road win coming at Washington State Jan. 11.
- A total of four Sun Devils rank in the Pac-10's top 20 in rebounding (Amy Denson-8th, Kristen Kovesdy-9th, Jill Noe-13th, Carrie Buckner-16th).
- Sophomore Carrie Buckner has turned up her game a notch in the last four games, averaging 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest. She turned in the first double-double of her career last week with 10 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds vs. Arizona, while she played a career-high 35 minutes in each of ASU's games vs. UCLA and USC, averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game and taking the toughest defensive assignment in each contest. She held the Pac-10's scoring leader, UCLA senior Michelle Greco, to just six points, 12.6 points below her then average of 18.6 points per game and added 12 points and six rebounds, while against the Women of Troy, Buckner had eight points and matched her career best with five steals.
- On the year, Buckner is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 2.1 steals per game. With 38 takeaways this year, she has already matched her production from last year.
- After turning the ball over an average of 27.0 times per contest in its losses to UCLA and USC two weeks ago, including a season-high 31 giveaways vs. the Women of Troy, Arizona State had just 17 turnovers in its upset of Arizona last week, including just six giveaways in the second half.
- Freshman Jill Noe has shot 90.5 percent from the free throw line in the last two games (19-21).
- The Sun Devils have already blocked 56 shots this season, which surpasses the 51 the team had all of last year and is the most since the 1998-99 team had 62 rejections. Last year, ASU finished ninth in the Pac-10 with just 1.5 blocks per game, while this season, the team ranks fifth with 3.1 per contest. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy leads the team and is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in the category with 0.8 blocked shots per game. Her 14 blocked shots also put her in fifth on the ASU single-season list for blocks by a freshman and just five rejections out of second place on the list.
- ASU outrebounded UCLA 55-35 on Jan. 16, which marked a season high for the Sun Devils in rebounding and the most boards since the team turned in 55 in a win over Delaware State on Nov. 19, 2001. The last time ASU had 50 or more rebounds against a Pac-10 team came during the 1996-97 season when both Arizona State and Arizona had 50 rebounds in a 66-42 Wildcat win in Tempe.
- The Sun Devils are now leading the Pac-10 in the category with 15.8 offensive boards per game, including a season-high 17 vs. UCLA on Jan. 16. Freshman Kristen Kovesdy ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 2.9 offensive rebounds per game.
- ASU's seven new players account for 64.4 percent of the team's scoring (797 of 1237 points) and 58.8 percent of the team's rebounding (399 of 679 boards) this year.
- Freshman Kristen Kovesdy is leading the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, knocking down 59.2 percent of her shots on the year (74-125). She knocked down her first 16 attempts of the season, including a perfect 7-of-7 performance in ASU's season-opening win over Chicago State, 4-of-4 vs. Northern Illinois and her first five shots vs. Portland State. Kovesdy did not miss her first shot until the 11:59 mark of the second half in that game vs. Portland State, ASU's third game of the year.
- Through ASU's 18 games, sophomore Kylan Loney is tied for first on the team with 29 three-pointers, surpassing the total of 14 she had all of last year. Freshman Jill Noe ranks first on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting, knocking down 39.2 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (29-74) this year, while Loney is ranked second on the team at 36.7 percent (29-79). Loney drilled a career-best and team-high five three-pointers in ASU's Jan. 4 win over Oregon, while Noe has knocked down at least three treys in five games this year.
- The Sun Devil bench has outscored their opponents' reserves in all but five games this year and is averaging 19.4 points per game (349 points).
- This year, Arizona State returns just one starter and six letterwinners from its 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament squad (with the losses of junior and two-year starter Betsy Boardman and sophomore forward Alexis Tate to season-ending knee injuries) but has added a recruiting class of five freshmen and one junior college transfer which was ranked in the top 25 in the nation by Blue Star. The 2002-03 Sun Devil active roster is a young one featuring a junior college transfer, three sophomores and six freshmen.
Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith a 102-92 record in her seven years at ASU, head coach Charli Turner Thorne holds sole possession of second place in all-time wins by a Sun Devil women's basketball coach. Turner Thorne earned the 100th win of her ASU career with a 78-63 victory over Oregon on Jan. 4 of this year. With ASU's victory over Arizona on Dec. 30 last year, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year passed Maura McHugh who turned in a 75-65 record in her six seasons at the helm (1987-93). Juliene Simpson is the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history, notching a 134-92 mark in eight years (1979-87).
Since Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have begun a steady climb back to the national prominence that the team enjoyed in the early 1990s. In 2000-01, Turner Thorne's Sun Devils captured ASU's first Pac-10 Championship, an NCAA berth, a return to the national rankings and the team's first 20-win season in nine years, while her 2001-02 squad tied the school mark for single-season wins with a 25-9 record. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District 8 Regional Coach of the Year has improved the team's wins total in each of her six seasons and guided ASU to five consecutive double-digit win seasons.