Women's Hoops to Host Arizona Monday Night

Dec. 31, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Coming off a split on their first Pac-10 road trip of the year, the No. 21/23 Arizona State Sun Devils return home to take on the No. -/25 Arizona Wildcats (10-2, 2-0) Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The tilt with ASU's intrastate rival, which will tip off at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, begins a three-game Pac-10 homestand for the Sun Devils who have played four of their last five games on the road. ASU is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 standings after opening league play last week with a win at Washington State and a loss at Washington. The Sun Devils look to extend a streak that has seen them win their last nine home games and 22 of their last 24, including an upset of three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut on Dec. 21 in the team's last home game. ASU has won the last four meetings between the two teams at Wells Fargo Arena and six of the last nine games with the Wildcats overall. Arizona brings a 10-2 overall record and a 2-0 Pac-10 mark into Monday's game. The Wildcats have won their last four contests, including a pair of single-digit victories at Washington and Washington State last week in the Pacific Northwest.

In the Series with ArizonaArizona State holds a 35-24 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona, including a 19-11 advantage in games played in Tempe. Last season, the two teams split a pair of meetings with each school winning on its home floor. Then No. 25 Arizona turned in an 81-60 victory on Jan. 2 in Tucson, while Arizona State garnered a 68-60 win over the Wildcats on Jan. 31 in Tempe. The Sun Devils have claimed six of the last nine games in the series, including the last four games at Wells Fargo Arena.

The series with Arizona is the longest for the Sun Devils and dates back to the 1975-76 season, the first year of varsity women's basketball at Arizona State (although the teams played another seven games before that first varsity season with UA winning five of seven). ASU snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Wildcats in 2000-01 with its first season sweep of the U-of-A since 1991-92. The Sun Devils won 18 of the first 20 meetings, including a streak of 16 games that encompassed eight full seasons (1978-79 to 1985-86).

Arizona, which was ranked 25th in last week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches poll, has turned in a 10-2 overall record and a 2-0 Pac-10 mark this season. The Wildcats have won their last four games, including a 67-63 win at Washington and a 54-51 victory at Washington State last weekend to open league play. Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler is leading the team and ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 18.4 points per game, while junior center Shawntinice Polk is second in the league in rebounds with 8.9 boards per contest and adds 13.9 points per game (seventh in the Pac-10).

Arizona ConnectionArizona State junior Jenny Thigpin was a high school teammate of Arizona redshirt junior Shawntinice Polk at Hanford (Calif.) High School. Thigpin, a 6-2 forward, and Polk, a 6-5 center, led the Hanford Lady Pups to three straight league titles (1999-01) and the 2001 CIF Division II state championship.

ExposureAll of Arizona State's games will be broadcast live or on tape delay on NBC 1190 AM with 28-year Valley broadcaster Jeff Munn (play-by-play) and Phoenix Mercury general manager Seth Sulka (color) calling the action. Munn, who is a fill-in radio play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the club's public address announcer, is in the first year of his second stint as ASU's play-by-play voice. All of ASU's radio broadcasts are also available live on the internet at www.thesundevils.com.

AZ-TV will broadcast the Arizona game to a statewide television audience, which marks the fourth TV game of the year for the Sun Devils who are 2-1 in television games this season.

ASU in Pac-10 OpenersWith a Dec. 27 win at Washington State, ASU improved to 4-15 all time in Pac-10 Conference openers since joining the league in 1986-87 (3-6 under head coach Charli Turner Thorne). The team snapped a three-game losing streak in league starters last year with a 68-60 victory over Washington State on Dec. 27, 2003 at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils followed that win up with an 84-81 overtime victory over Washington on Dec. 29, 2003 to open league play with a 2-0 record for just the second time in school history. The Sun Devils also won their first two Pac-10 games to start the 1999-00 league slate, downing Stanford 74-68 on Jan. 6, 2000 and then defeating California 69-59 on Jan. 8 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Defense Against Pac-10 OpponentsASU allowed Washington State just 39 points in the team's Dec. 27 victory, setting the school record for fewest points allowed in a Pac-10 game. It marked the 11th time that the Sun Devils have held a Pac-10 opponent to 50 points or fewer in ASU's 19 years in the league. Ten of those 11 low-scoring efforts have come under ninth-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne. Turner Thorne's squads have led the Pac-10 in scoring defense in two seasons, setting the Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed at 59.1 points per game in 2001-02. Last year, ASU finished second in the league in scoring defense at 61.1 points per game, while this year, the Sun Devils are allowing a league-low 50.2 points per contest.

Fewest Points Allowed in a Pac-10 Game1.	39	at Washington State (67-39 win), 12/27/042.	40	vs. Oregon (65-40 win), 2/19/04	40	at California (56-40 win), 1/26/02	40	vs. Washington (68-40), 1/12/025.	42	vs. UCLA (64-42 win), 2/16/02	42	vs. Oregon (79-42 win), 1/30/93

Balanced ScoringThe Sun Devils have gotten balanced scoring so far this year with six different players leading the team in scoring in the team's 12 games. Last week's game at Washington State exemplified that balance with three players (sophomore Emily Westerberg and juniors Amy Denson and Kristen Kovesdy) leading the team in scoring with 11 points each. Kovesdy led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting Dec. 29 at Washington, while Westerberg turned in a season-high 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 win over No. 8 Connecticut. Denson became the sixth Sun Devil to lead the team in scoring with a season-high 14 points Dec. 18 at New Mexico.

ASU has three players averaging in double figures and ranking in the top 20 in the Pac-10 for scoring with less than one point separating the trio. Kovesdy is leading the team and ranked 12th in the Pac-10 at 11.5 points per game, while Westerberg and senior Kylan Loney are each averaging 10.9 points per game (T16th in league). In ASU's Nov. 27 win over Prairie View A&M, all 13 Sun Devils scored two or more points, while Arizona State has nine players averaging at least 3.0 points per game this year.

ASU's Leading Scorers in 2004-05Date	Opponent	Leading ScorerN 11	vs. Virginia	Kristen Kovesdy (16 points)N 12	at #3/2 LSU	Kylan Loney (12 points)N 20	San Diego	Emily Westerberg (17 points)N 26	Seton Hall	Betsy Boardman (14 points)N 27	Prairie View A&M	Reagan Pariseau & Kristen Kovesdy (14 points)D 3	Alabama State	Kylan Loney (16 points)D 4	Gonzaga	Kristen Kovesdy (21 points)D 7	at #11/14 Georgia	Kylan Loney (23 points)D 18	at New Mexico	Amy Denson (14 points)D 21	#8/8 Connecticut	Emily Westerberg (18 points)D 27	at Washington State	Amy Denson, Kristen Kovesdy &		Emily Westerberg (11 points)D 29	at Washington	Kristen Kovesdy (13 points)

Home-Court AdvantageWith a 4-0 mark this year including a Dec. 21 upset of No. 8 UConn, Arizona State has won its last nine home games and 22 of its last 24 in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils hold a 66-14 record at home in the last five-plus seasons (.825) and a 43-7 mark over the last three-plus campaigns (.860). The school record for consecutive home wins is 13, set by the Sun Devils over the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons (last eight in 2001-02, first five in 2002-03).

The Sun Devils turned in a 13-1 record at Wells Fargo Arena last year, tying the school record for home wins for the third consecutive year and setting the school mark for home winning percentage in a season (.929). In 2002-03, ASU went 13-4 at Wells Fargo Arena which matched the school-record 13 victories the 2001-02 team had (13-2).

In the RankingsArizona State, which has been receiving votes in every poll this season, returned to the national polls after one week's absence, checking in at No. 21 in the Dec. 27 Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the Dec. 28 USA Today/ESPN/WBCA coaches' poll. ASU debuted at 23rd by Associated Press poll and 25th by the coaches on Dec. 13 but fell out of the rankings after just one week (loss at New Mexico).

The Dec. 13 poll marked the first time that the Sun Devils were ranked in the national top 25 since Jan. 14, 2002 (23rd in AP poll that week). During the 2001-02 season, ASU was ranked in three weeks. That year, the Sun Devils won a school-record 25 games, captured the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Last Time OutJunior Kristen Kovesdy scored 13 points, but too many turnovers doomed the No. 21/23 Sun Devils as they fell to Washington 63-55 on Wednesday in Seattle. Washington won its ninth straight home game over the Sun Devils and was led by Kayla Burt with 12 points.

The Huskies led 25-22 at halftime after the Sun Devils turned the ball over 17 times in the first half. In the second half, ASU went on a 9-0 run to take a four-point lead, 31-27 with 16:22 to play. The Huskies then used an 18-6 run to take a 45-39 lead with 9:29 to play. ASU would cut the lead to four points on four occasions but could not close the gap any further. UW led by as many as 10 points as ASU started fouling late in the game and came away with a 63-55 win.

Arizona State committed 27 turnovers and shot 37 percent in the game. Kovesdy led the team with her 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and senior Kylan Loney added 10 points in the loss.

Getting It Done on DefenseArizona State has established itself as one of the top defensive teams in the Pac-10 Conference. The Sun Devils have led the league in at least one defensive category in each of the last seven seasons (1998-99 to present). Last year, ASU paced the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (32.2 rpg) and three-point field goal defense (30.4 percent allowed) and finished second in scoring defense (61.1 ppg). By allowing just 32.2 rebounds per game, ASU set a school record for rebounding defense in 2003-04, besting the previous low of 33.3 by the 2001-02 Pac-10 Tournament champion squad. ASU also led the Pac-10 in three-point defense for the third straight year and the fifth time in six seasons.

This season, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (50.2 points per game), rebounding defense (30.1 rebounds per game) and three-point defense (21.8 percent). ASU has held nine of its 12 opponents under 60 points and three under 40 points, setting the school record for fewest points by a Pac-10 opponent in a Dec. 27 win at Washington State (67-39). The Sun Devils tied the school record for fewest points allowed after holding Prairie View A&M to just 30 points on Nov. 27. The very next game, ASU almost tied the school record again with a 71-31 victory over Alabama State. ASU also outrebounded Prairie View A&M by a margin of 43-9 in the victory.

In the last seven seasons (since the start of the 1998-99 season to present), the Sun Devils have allowed opponents to just 62.0 points and 33.8 rebounds per game and 29.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc (11,846 points, 6,450 rebounds, 519-1784 three-pointers, 191 games).

Westerberg's WaysSophomore forward Emily Westerberg is tied for the team lead with eight games in double figures for scoring (with junior Kristen Kovesdy) and has climbed to second on the team and tied for 16th in the Pac-10 in overall scoring at 10.9 points per game. She turned in a season-high 18 points in ASU's Dec. 21 upset of eighth-ranked Connecticut and was one of three players with a team-best 11 points in last week's win at Washington State.

A first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season, Westerberg continues to be outstanding from the free throw line and is ranked third in the Pac-10 at 89.7 percent from the charity stripe (35-39), including a 6-of-6 effort against the UConn Huskies.

Loney Lights It UpSenior guard Kylan Loney ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 36.2 percent of her long-range attempts (21-58). In ASU's Dec. 7 upset of No. 11/14 Georgia, Loney tied her career bests with five three-pointers and nine three-point attempts and was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in her career. Loney is also tied for second on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game (T16th in the Pac-10). She had been leading the squad in scoring but fell to third after averaging just 5.3 points in the last four games. Despite battling a case of the flu, Loney did have five huge points Dec. 27 at Washington State, knocking down a jumper and a three-pointer in ASU's second-half run to regain a double-digit lead.

Loney, who also ranked sixth in the Pac-10 last year at 37.8 percent, was shooting just 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-12) in the first three games of the season. In the last nine games, however, she has knocked down 41.3 percent of her attempts (19-46) and has climbed to 36.2 percent for the season. Loney had a similar start last year, shooting 15.4 percent in the first five games and lighting it up for 41.0 percent in the last 24 contests (41-100).

The 2004 first-team All-Pac-10 selection has climbed to second on the ASU career list for three-pointers made with 124 and needs just 10 more this season to tie the school record, held by Crystal Cobb who had 134 three-pointers from 1989-94.

Keeping Up with KovesdyJunior forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage this season, shooting 63.8 percent from the field (60-94). In the last three games, she has shot a blazing 85.0 percent from the field, including a 6-of-6 effort Dec. 21 vs. UConn and a 6-of-7 showing Dec. 29 at Washington. Kovesdy finished second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage last year at 55.7 percent, the seventh-best season effort by a Sun Devil, and already ranks second on the Arizona State career field goal percentage chart at 55.4 percent (263-480).

Kovesdy is leading the Sun Devils and ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in scoring at 11.5 points per game this season. She is tied with sophomore Emily Westerberg with eight games in double figures for points and has led the team in scoring in a team-best five games. Kovesdy paced the team with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in ASU's season-opening victory over Virginia on Nov. 11 and tied freshman Reagan Pariseau for the team lead with 14 points in ASU's win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 27 in San Antonio. She turned in a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the win against Gonzaga in the championship game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic on Dec. 4. Dec. 21 against No. 8 UConn, she finished second on the team with 14 points, going 6-of-6 from the field. Last week in the Pacific Northwest, she was one of three players with 11 points to lead the team at Washington State and paced the team with 13 points at Washington.

A Little Help From Their FriendsArizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 with an average of 17.2 assists per game. In the last eight games, the Sun Devils have averaged 18.4 assists per contest, including a season-high 30 Nov. Prairie View A&M (147 assists). In those eight games, ASU has had an assist on 72.1 percent of its field goals made (147-204), including 17 of 21 Dec. 21 vs. UConn.

Junior forward Amy Denson is leading the team and tied for 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.1 assists per game, including a career-best seven in ASU's Nov. 27 win over Prairie View. Denson, who has led the team in the category in five games this year, has continued to improve her passing in each of her three seasons at ASU. Last year, she nearly doubled her assists total from her freshman year, averaging 1.5 assists per game compared to 0.8 in her rookie season. Senior Kylan Loney is second on the team with 2.7 assists per game, including a season-high six Dec. 4 against Gonzaga. With 328 assists in her four years at ASU, she is ranked eighth on the ASU career lists and should finish her career in the top five.

Turner Thorne Second in All-Time Wins at ASUWith a 132-115 record in eight seasons at ASU, Turner Thorne needs just two wins to tie the school record for victories. Juliene Simpson is currently the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history, notching a 134-92 mark in eight seasons in Tempe (1979-87).

Turner Thorne has led her Sun Devils to a school-record five consecutive postseason bids including WNIT appearances in 2000, 2003 and 2004 and ASU's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 20 years in 2001 and 2002. ASU previously had advanced to postseason play in three straight seasons (NWIT runner-up in 1981, NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 1982 and 1983). After a 17-12 mark in 2003-04, Turner Thorne became only the second coach in school history to lead the Sun Devils to four consecutive winning seasons. The last time ASU had four straight winning campaigns was under Juliene Simpson from 1980-81 to 1983-84.

Since Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have regained the national prominence 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, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament Championship.

Attendance RecordsWith 8,927 fans in attendance at the team's Dec. 21 upset of three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut, Arizona State broke the school single-game women's basketball attendance mark for Wells Fargo Arena. The team set the school single-game attendance record on Dec. 27, 2000 when 16,782 fans showed up to watch the team play Tennessee at Bank One Ballpark in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic. Prior to ASU's Dec. 21 victory over UConn, the biggest crowd to see a women's basketball game at Wells Fargo Arena came on Dec. 8, 2002 with 7,274 fans at the Notre Dame game in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic II.

Against Ranked OpponentsFollowing the team's 61-50 upset of No. 8/8 Connecticut on Dec. 21, Arizona State now holds a 2-1 record against ranked opponents this season with its loss coming at then No. 3/2 (and now top-ranked) LSU on Nov. 12. The team's 67-57 win at No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7 marked ASU's first victory over a ranked opponent on the road since the Sun Devils defeated then No. 15 USC 64-55 on March 11, 1993.

Last year, the Sun Devils went 2-4 against ranked opponents last year, upsetting then No. 24 Washington 84-81 in overtime on Dec. 27 and No. 7 Stanford 73-53 on Feb. 7, both at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, while in 2002-03, ASU upset three ranked opponents (3-4 mark). ASU's last win over a team ranked in the top five came against then No. 2 Stanford when the Sun Devils upset the Cardinal 70-63 on March 4 in the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament championship game.

Tough SlateArizona State has put together one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. The Sun Devils will take on eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, including a Dec. 21 match-up with three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut. Including a Nov. 12 game at then No. 3/2 (and now top-ranked) LSU, the Sun Devils will take on six teams ranked in the most recent polls, including three of the preseason top five squads in the country during the non-conference slate (Georgia, LSU, UConn). The team upset then No. 11/14 Georgia 67-57 in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 7 and then No. 8/8 Connecticut 61-50 on Dec. 21 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Road WarriorsAfter finishing with a 4-11 road record last year (4-8 away, 0-3 neutral), the Sun Devils have already turned in a 5-3 mark away from home this season, including an upset at then No. 11/14 Georgia on Dec. 7 and a win in the team's Pac-10 opener at Washington State on Dec. 27. This season, ASU is 2-3 in away games and 3-0 at neutral-site contests, playing four of its first five tilts of the season and then four of the last five on the road.

Last year, ASU went 3-6 in Pac-10 road games with victories at California, Oregon State and Oregon. The team played six of its last eight games away from Wells Fargo Arena last season, dropping their last six (0-5 away, 0-1 neutral) with their last road win coming on Jan. 24 at Oregon.

Early-Season Quick Hits

... Monday's game with Arizona will pit the Pac-10's scoring leader (UA-73.5 points per game) against the league's top scoring defense (ASU-50.2 ppg). The Wildcats also rank second in the league in rebounding (42.3 rpg), while the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (30.1 rpg).

... Senior guard/forward Betsy Boardman needs just 16 points to become the 14th Sun Devil in school history to join the 1,000-point club. The fifth-year senior, who has come back from two ACL tears (one on each knee), has scored 986 career points.

... Last week's loss at Washington marked only the third time this season that ASU has not shot more free throws than its opponent. The Huskies' 25 free throws and 34 attempts were the most allowed by ASU this year, while the team also committed a season-high 24 fouls.

... ASU is averaging 69.8 points per game and shooting 45.6 percent from the field in its home contests, while holding oponents to 46.0 points and 30.0 rebounds per game and allowing just 39.4 percent shooting. In contrast, on the road, ASU is averaging just 57.6 points and shooting 37.1 percent. ASU is also giving up 57.0 points and 45.8 percent shooting by its opponents on the road.

... In addition to scoring, the Sun Devils are also getting balanced rebounding this season with seven different players leading the team in the category in at least one game. Eight Sun Devils are averaging at least 2.0 boards per game.

... At only 5-9, senior guard Carrie Buckner is ASU's top rebounder with 4.5 boards per contest. In the last five games, Buckner has averaged 5.6 rebounds per contest, including seven each against Georgia and New Mexico and six Dec. 29 at Washington. Sophomore Aubree Johnson (4.3 rpg) and junior Amy Denson (4.1) trail closely behind. Denson turned in a season-high eight rebounds Dec. 21 vs. UConn.

... Denson has averaged 10.3 points per game in the last four games, including a season-high 14 points Dec. 21 against eighth-ranked UConn. She is also ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage, knocking down 54.4 percent of her field goal attempts.

... As a team, ASU made a season-high 90.0 percent of its free throw attempts (9-10) Dec. 18 at New Mexico and is ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting this season at 67.5 percent.

... The Sun Devils' Dec. 18 loss at New Mexico snapped a six-game winning streak, which was the longest since the team turned in seven straight non-conference victories during the 2001-02 season.

... Prior to shooting 29.5 percent Dec. 18 at New Mexico, ASU had been leading the Pac-10 in field goal percentage this year at 47.0 percent and is now fifth in the league at 43.7 percent. Prior to New Mexico, ASU had shot 49.4 percent from the field in its previous four games, including a season-high 62.3 percent (38-61) Nov. 27 against Prairie View A&M.

... Seniors Kylan Loney and Betsy Boardman rank second (124) and third (120) on the Arizona State career list for three-pointers made. On Dec. 7 at No. 11/14 Georgia, the pair passed honorable-mention All-American Amanda Levens who is now fourth on the list with 117 three-pointers in her career (2000-02). Crystal Cobb holds the ASU career record with 134 treys (1990-94).

... ASU has shot just 22.7 percent from three-point land in its last four games (10-44), including a season-low 0-for-9 effort Dec. 18 at New Mexico and a 2-for-11 performance Dec. 29 at Washington. In the previous five games, the Sun Devils had shot 53.6 percent from three-point land (30-56), including a season-high 60.0 percent in their Nov. 27 win over Prairie View A&M. ASU tied the school record with nine three-pointers made in the game vs. the Lady Panthers. ASU knocked down 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (7-14). Dec. 7 at then No. 11/14 Georgia.

... The Sun Devils have climbed to second in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting at 34.8 percent (42-132). Last year, the team finished fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (33.8 percent) but shot just 20.0 percent from beyond the arc in their first three games this year (6-30).

... Prior to turning the ball over 27 times Dec. 29 at Washington, ASU had averaged just 16.6 turnovers in its previous eight games, including a season-low 13 Nov. 26 against Seton Hall. The Sun Devils had not struggled with turnovers since averaging 25.0 miscues per game in their first three contests.

... The team is forcing an average of 20.7 turnovers per game by its opponents this season and ranks third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+5.6).

... ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 with 12.5 steals per game after finishing third in the Pac-10 in the category last season (10.0 steals per game). The Sun Devils reached double figures for steals in 19 of 29 games last year with a season high of 17. Arizona State has been in double figures for steals in 10 of its 12 games this year and turned in a season-high 19 steals in its Nov. 20 win over San Diego with four Sun Devils turning in three steals apiece in the victory.

... Senior Carrie Buckner is leading the team and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with 2.8 steals per game. She has averaged 3.1 steals per game in the last seven games, including a season-high five in ASU's Dec. 4 win over Gonzaga and again Dec. 29 at Washington.

ASU Picked Fourth in Preseason Pac-10 PollsArizona State has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Conference by the media and the league's coaches. It marks the fourth time in five years that ASU has been picked to finish in the upper half of the Pac-10. Last year, ASU was picked fourth by the media and fifth by the coaches and ended up in a tie for third place in the final league standings.

March MadnessArizona State University and Wells Fargo Arena have been selected to host the Tempe Regional of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. ASU will play host to games on March 26 and 28 in Tempe. Tickets for the NCAA Tempe Regional are on sale now at the ASU ticket office, by calling (480) 965-2381 or by logging on to www.thesundevils.com.

Up NextMonday's game with Arizona marks the first contest in a three-game homestand for the Sun Devils, who have won nine straight games at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU will finish the homestand next weekend, playing host to No. 5/6 Stanford on Friday, Jan. 7 and California on Sunday, Jan. 9 before heading to Los Angeles to take on UCLA and USC.

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