Women's Hoops Hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday Night
Dec. 9, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After winning the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic last weekend in Tempe, the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-2) wrap up their non-conference home slate this week, playing host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-2) Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Led by Holiday Classic MVP Betsy Boardman, Arizona State claimed its third consecutive title in the team's own tournament last weekend with wins over Western Michigan and Binghamton. Wednesday against the Islanders, the Sun Devils look to win their third consecutive game for the first time this season and capture their sixth straight home victory dating back to a March 20 win over Hawai'i last year in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Following Wednesday night's game, Arizona State takes a week off for finals before heading to the East Coast to take on two-time defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 18 and Holy Cross on Dec. 20. The team will not return home until after the holidays, opening its Pac-10 Conference schedule at Wells Fargo Arena on Dec. 27 against Washington State and Dec. 29 against Washington.
News and Notes
- Arizona State holds a 1-0 advantage in the series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, winning the only game between the two teams with an 85-67 victory over the Islanders in the first round of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Dec. 3, 1999.
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi brings a 6-2 overall record into Wednesday night's game and has won five of its last six games. The Islanders lost at Southern Mississippi 64-58 in the championship game of USM's tournament last weekend but had won their previous five games. Sophomore forward Terra Andrews is leading the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game, including 26 points against Radford on Dec. 5 and 13 against Southern Miss. Junior center Jackie Ododa paces the team in rebounding with 8.3 boards per contest.
- Last weekend, Arizona State won the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic for the third straight year and its own tournament for the 13th time in school history. This year, ASU defeated 2003 Mid-American Tournament champion Western Michigan 75-66 in the first round and downed Binghamton 73-44 in the championship game.
- Junior Betsy Boardman was named the tournament MVP of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, while junior Kylan Loney and sophomore YoVanna Rosenthal were also named to the all-tournament team. For Loney, it marked her second straight year on the all-tourney team after being named the tournament MVP in 2002.
- The Sun Devils outrebounded their opponents 97-53 last weekend and are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 15.2 boards per game this season (45.8 rpg to 30.7). ASU has outrebounded its opponent in all but one game this season (Kansas State). Junior Betsy Boardman is the team's top rebounder at 6.4 boards per game, including nine in each of the last two games, while a total of four Sun Devils are averaging at least 4.8 rebounds per contest.
- On the offensive glass, Arizona State is averaging 19.0 offensive rebounds per game, including a season-high 28 against Western Michigan on Dec. 5. Defensively, ASU is only allowing its opponents 8.8 offensive boards per contest and has allowed just 8.0 per game in the last three tilts.
- ASU had a season-low 15 turnovers and a season-high seven three-pointers in its Wells Fargo Holiday Classic championship game win over Binghamton on Dec. 6.
- The Sun Devils averaged 74.0 points and shot 41.5 percent from the field (54-130) in their two wins last weekend at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic after averaging just 47. 5 points and shooting 31.5 percent (34-108) the previous week at the Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island.
- Sophomore YoVanna Rosenthal had two of the best games of her career last weekend, averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in just 13.0 minutes per game. She also shot 52.9 percent from the field on the weekend (9-17).
- Freshman Aubree Johnson has averaged 7.0 rebounds per game in the last four contests, including a team season-high 11 rebounds vs. Western Michigan.
- Arizona State has won all four of its home games this season and five straight dating back to a March 20 win over Hawai'i in the first round of the Women's National Invitation last season. The Sun Devils have won nine of their last 10 home games dating back to a Jan. 23, 2003 win over then No. 19 Arizona last year. Arizona State has turned in a 53-13 record at Wells Fargo Arena in the last four-plus seasons (1999-00 to present).