ASU Women's Hoops to Host Oregon State on Saturday
Jan. 13, 2006
The No. 13 Arizona State (13-3, 4-2 Pac-10) women's basketball team will vie for its 17th consecutive regular season win at home when it hosts the Oregon State Beavers (7-6, 1-4 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.
ASU ended a two-game losing streak on Thursday with a nail-biting 44-43 victory over the Oregon Ducks. Junior F Emily Westerberg hit a three pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to put the Sun Devils over the top.
RADIO: Saturday's game can be heard live on the Internet (SunDevilSportsNetwork.com) with coverage beginning with 'Countdown to Tip-Off' at 3:30 p.m. It can also be heard tape-delayed on KXAM 1310 AM with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. Calling the action will be Vince Marotta (play by play) and Seth Sulka (analysis).
TV: Saturday's game will also be shown live on KAZ-TV. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will be on hand to call the game.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ASU has won its last 16 regular season games played at home and is 34-2 at home since the 2003-04 season. A win on Saturday would give ASU its best Pac-10 start since the 2001-02 season (5-2). ASU has been victorious in six of its last seven meetings against Oregon State, including the last four in a row. Coming off the 200th win of her career (160th as a coach in the Pac-10), ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne needs one more win to pass former Oregon head coach Jody Runge for No. 7 on the Pac-10's all-time wins list. ASU enters Saturday's game No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+7.1) and assists per game (18.81) and No. 2 in field goal pct. (.457), FT pct. (.748), and turnover margin (+3.38). Senior F Kristen Kovesdy enters Saturday's game No. 8 on ASU's all-time scoring list. With 1,169 career points, Kovesdy now needs 26 points to pass former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list.
ASU HEAD COACH Charli Turner Thorne: The winningest coach in Sun Devil history (160-125) and tied for No. 7 in the Pac-10 in most career wins, Turner Thorne has led the Sun Devils to a school record six consecutive post season appearances (NCAA Tournament in 2001-02 and 2005, WNIT in 2000, 2003-04) ... Earlier this season guided ASU on a nine-game winning streak which tied the school record for most consecutive wins. Also led ASU to its first Top 10 ranking in 22 years ... In the last two seasons, has led ASU to an 11-1 record when coming off a loss ... Last season, guided ASU to a 24-10 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years ... Led her 2001-02 team to a 25-9 record, tying the ASU record for wins in a single season ... Guided ASU to a share of the Pac-10 title in 2001 and the Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002, the first league championships in school history ... Led Northern Arizona University to consecutive winning seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96, the first coach in school history to accomplish that feat ... As a player, lettered four years at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer ... Graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and later earned her master's degree in education from Washington in 1990. Career Record: 200-165
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS OREGON STATE: Arizona State holds a 21-19 lead in the series with Oregon State dating back to the 1983-84 season. The Sun Devils have also won 14 of the 20 games played in Tempe. ASU has won the last four meetings and six of the last seven games in the series, including a 50-38 victory last year in Tempe and a 66-56 win in Corvallis. In last season's win in Tempe, ASU set the school record for fewest points allowed in a Pac-10 game. Kristen Kovesdy tied for the team lead in that game with 13 points. In the victory in Corvallis, the Sun Devils were led by Amy Denson, who led all scorers in the game with a career-best 18 points. Also pitching in that day were Aubree Johnson and Emily Westerberg, who each had 13 points.
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY'S GAME: Fans who are planning on attending the Arizona State vs. Oregon State women's basketball game on Saturday are being asked to park in either ASU Parking Structure 5 (located across the street from the South side of Sun Devil Stadium) or in ASU Parking Structure 7 (located east of Wells Fargo Arena). Access to Parking Structure 7 will be limited to the entrance/exit on 6th St. and Rural Road.
HOME SWEET HOME: With their 44-43 victory over Oregon on Thursday, the Sun Devils extended their regular season home court winning streak to 16 games. The Sun Devils are now 34-2 in regular season home games going back to the 2003-04 season. In those 36 games the Sun Devils are out-scoring their opponents by more than 16 points (70.8 - 54.4) and are shooting six percentage points higher (44.3 - 38.3).
OFFENSIVE NOTES ASU has shot 50 percent or better six times this season, including a season-best .560 in its 79-72 loss vs. North Carolina in Cancun. Senior F Kristen Kovesdy has either led or tied for the team lead in scoring eight times this season, including ASU's last four games. Kovesdy's 27 points vs. Washington (Dec. 29) are the most for a Sun Devil this season. Redshirt junior G Jill Noe leads ASU in three-point FGs with 18. Noe has tied her career best of four three pointers in a game twice this season (vs. North Carolina - Nov. 25 and vs. Mississippi State - Nov. 26). The Sun Devils have made 20 or more free throws five times this season, including a season-best 28 made free throws vs. Western Kentucky (Dec. 3). ASU has had more assists than its opponent in all but one game this season (vs. North Carolina, Nov. 25). ASU has had more offensive rebounds than its opponent 13 times in 16 games this season.
DEFENSIVE NOTES ASU has forced 20 or more turnovers 12 times this season, including a season-high 32 turnovers in its season opening victory vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 11). The Sun Devils have held their opponents under 40 percent shooting six times this season, including four times in the last five games. The Sun Devils have allowed two or fewer three point field goals eight times this season and have held their opponents to under 25 percent shooting from three-point range seven times this season.
KOVESDY NAMED ONE OF 30 FINALISTS FOR BAYER ADVANTAGE SENIOR CLASS AWARD: ASU senior F Kristen Kovesdy was recently named one of 30 finalists for the Bayer Advantage Senior Class Award, which is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball. From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February as the conference season hits its peak. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide voting process during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with results from voting by coaches and media to determine the winner. ASU's all-time leader in field goal percentage and currently No. 8 on the school's all-time scoring list, Kovesdy currently leads the Sun Devils in scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) and is No. 1 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (58.9 percent). Last month against Washington (Dec. 29), Kovesdy scored 23 of her season-best 27 points in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils to a 64-51 victory over the Huskies. Kovesdy has turned in a double-double performance four times this season, including in each of ASU's last two contests -- at UCLA (Jan. 8) and vs. Oregon (Jan. 12).
KOVESDY CLIMBS THE CHARTS: With 11 points in ASU's 44-43 win over Oregon on Thursday, senior F Kristen Kovesdy continued to move closer to moving up another spot on ASU's all-time scoring list. With 1,169 career points, Kovesdy now needs 26 points to pass former Sun Devil Jodi Rathbun (1,194 points, 1983-86) for No. 7 on ASU's all-time scoring list.
FREE THROWS: ASU has eight players averaging 10 or more minutes per game ... Kristen Kovesdy's 29 points against Washington (Dec. 29) are the most by a Sun Devil in any game this season ... ASU has had the same starting five in all but one game this season: Reagan Pariseau (G), Jill Noe (G), Emily Westerberg (F), Aubree Johnson (F) and Kristen Kovesdy (F/C). The only change came in ASU's 77-69 loss at UCLA (Jan. 8), when freshman G Danielle Orsillo started for Jill Noe (bruised hand) ... Westerberg leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game, averaging 27.4 ... Among players coming off the bench, freshman G Briann January currently leads the Sun Devils in minutes per game (18.9), followed by senior F Amy Denson (17.4) ... Pariseau has made her last 17 free throws. Her last miss came in ASU's 78-64 win vs. Western Kentucky on Dec. 3 ... Freshman G Kate Engelbrecht has made the most of the shots she has taken, having hit 65 percent of them (13-20) ... In their 16 games the Sun Devils have been led in scoring by five different players -- Denson, January, Kovesdy, Noe and Westerberg ... According to CollegeRPI.com, the Sun Devils are No. 10 in the nation in RPI (a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule). Their strength of schedule is ranked No. 15 in the country.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR CHARLI? Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne added another great accomplishment to her coaching dossier last month when it was revealed that ASU was ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. For the Sun Devils it was their first appearance in the top 10 of a major poll in 22 years. If the figure `22 years' sounds familiar it's because last season Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 22 years.
Currently in the midst of her 10th season in Tempe, Turner Thorne has more than established the Sun Devils as one of the teams to watch on an annual basis not only in the Pac-10 Conference, but also across the country. In fact, since the 2000-01 season, the Sun Devils have won the second-highest number of overall games (115) in the Pac-10 Conference. Turner Thorne is currently tied for No. 7 among Pac-10 coaches in all-time victories with 160. With ASU's next win, Turner Thorne will pass former Oregon head coach Jody Runge for No. 7 on the Pac-10's all-time list.