ASU Women's Basketball Faces Oregon on Saturday in Eugene
Feb. 12, 2010
The Arizona State women's basketball team wraps up its road trip to the state of Oregon on Saturday (2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT) when it faces the high-powered Oregon Ducks.ASU (15-8, 7-5 Pac-10) enter Saturday's contest in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings, trailing third-place USC (13-9, 7-4 Pac-10) by one-half game in the conference race and second-place UCLA (15-7, 8-3 Pac-10) by 1.5 games. The Trojans and Bruins square off on Saturday at UCLA.
The Sun Devils kept pace in the conference following their 62-49 win at Oregon State on Thursday night. Senior guard Danielle Orsillo scored a career-high 26 points to lead ASU to its seventh win in nine games. ASU shot 59 percent for the game and outscored the Beavers 32-21 in the second half to pull away after leading by only two points (30-28) at the half. The Sun Devils outscored the Beavers 40-26 in the paint while scoring 26 points off the Beavers' 17 turnovers.
The Sun Devils won despite being short-handed on Thursday as starting junior point guard Tenaya Watson missed the game due to a foot injury. Freshman Sabrina McKinney started in Watson's place and played a career-high 26 minutes. Watson's status is currently being evaluated on a game-by-game basis.
Oregon (15-8, 6-5 Pac-10) currently trails the Sun Devils by a half-game in the Pac-10 standings. After opening the conference season 3-0, the Ducks lost five straight before rebounding to win their next three. Oregon currently leads the nation in scoring offense (85.5 ppg) and is fifth in 3-point field goals made per game (8.5).
Saturday's game is a rematch of last month's contest in Tempe won by the Sun Devils 73-68. Orsillo (16 points, 7-11 FGs), junior F Becca Tobin (12 points, 5-6 FGs) and senior F/C Kayli Murphy (11 points, 11-12 FTs) all scored in double figures as ASU shot 57 percent for the game.
Following Saturday's game, the Sun Devils will return home for their final three home games of the regular season, taking place over a two-week span. The Sun Devils will host Arizona next Saturday (Feb. 20, 4 p.m. MT) in their annual Pink Zone game to promote breast cancer awareness before closing out their home slate against Stanford (Feb. 25, 7 p.m. MT) and California (Feb. 27, 3 p.m. MT).
Saturday's game can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060. Pre-game coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Valley. Veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his sixth season as the voice of ASU women's basketball.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
ASU returns two starters - forward Kayli Murphy and guard Danielle Orsillo - from last year's active roster that went 26-9 and earned the program's second Elite Eight berth in the last three years. Despite returning six players from last year's team, the Sun Devils began the season as a relatively inexperienced group. Of ASU's returning players, only seniors Kayli Murphy and Danielle Orsillo and junior Becca Tobin saw significant playing time last season.
The Sun Devils are without last season's leading scorer Dymond Simon as she spends the season rehabbing from the knee injury she suffered in the 2009 regular-season finale at Stanford. Also missing for the 2009-10 season because of injury is junior guard Markisha Patterson, who transferred to ASU from Central Arizona where she was a teammate of guard Tenaya Watson, who also transferred to ASU.
ASU has won nearly 79 percent (66-18) of its Pac-10 contests since the 2005-06 season.
On Saturday the Sun Devils will be on the road where they are 27-6 (.818) in Pac-10 road games since the 2005-06 season.
While Oregon leads the all-time series with ASU 27-26, the Sun Devils have had more success of late, having won 18 of the 21 meetings between the two schools since the 2000-01 season, including the last 10 in a row. ASU's win in the first meeting of the 2000-01 season snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Ducks.
ASU has outrebounded its opponent 17 times in 23 games this season. The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in rebounding defense (31.2) and are 3rd in the conference and 17th in the nation in rebounding margin (+7.3).
The Sun Devils have outrebounded 4 of their last 6 opponents by double digits (at Arizona +12, at California +13, vs. Washington +10, vs. Washington State +10). In addition, the Sun Devils have 31 more offensive rebounds than the opposition in their last 6 games.
Currently ASU's leading scorer averaging 14.1 points per game, senior G Danielle Orsillo has scored in double figures in all but four contests this season. Orsillo had a career-high 26 points in Thursday night's win at Oregon State.
Senior F/C Kayli Murphy (14-19, .737) and redshirt freshman F Janae Fulcher (14-20, .700) are shooting a combined 72 percent in ASU's last five games. Murphy is leading the team in rebounding during that span (6.0 rpg).
2009-10 Bio Updates
#1 Dymond Simon - Sr. - G
Is redshirting in 2009-10 as she continues to recover from ACL injury she suffered in 2009 regular season finale at Stanford. Led ASU in scoring (13.8 ppg) in 2008-09 on her way to Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors. Was a high school teammate of current Sun Devil senior Kayli Murphy.
#2 Sabrina McKinney - Fr. - G
Outstanding defender who was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Has played in every game this season (16.2 mpg). Is currently 3rd on the team in assists (2.2 apg) and tied for 5th in steals (0.9 spg). Has tallied 4 or more assists 6 times this season. Scored a season-best 7 points at Xavier (Nov. 21). Made the first start of her career in ASU's win vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4). Dished out a season-high 6 assists in ASU's win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). Recorded a season-best 4 steals in win vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4). Started the second game of her career and recorded 4 assists while playing a career-high 26 minutes in ASU's win at Oregon State (Feb. 11).
#3 Joy Burke - Fr. - F/C
Local product (Tempe Marco de Niza), who was a McDonald's All-American nominee and was also named to the Arizona Republic's All-Arizona Team and earned all-city accolades three times. Connected on 63 percent of her field goal attempts as a senior at Marcos de Niza while averaging 23.3 points, 17.8 rebounds, 7.5 blocks and 3.9 steals per game. Has played in 15 games this season. Has grabbed a season-best 5 rebounds on two occasions. Scored four points (2-2 FGs) and grabbed 3 rebounds in win over Furman (Dec. 28).
#4 Haley Parsons - RS-Fr. - G
Redshirted last season. Has played in 4 games this season. After an excellent offseason, spent much of the preseason recovering from injury (was not cleared to play until early December). Made her Sun Devil debut in ASU's win over North Dakota (Dec. 9) and recorded a pair of assists in 9 minutes of play. Accounted for 3 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28).
#5 Deja Mann - Fr. - G
A 2009 graduate of Merced High School in Merced, Calif., where she earned first-team All-Central California Conference honors each of her first two seasons, including being named the conference's MVP her sophomore season. Has played in every game this season (12.3 mpg). Scored 5 points (2-3 FGs) in her Sun Devil debut vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Tallied 6 points in ASU's win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). Scored a season-best 7 points (3-6 FGs) vs. UCLA (Jan. 3). Has grabbed a season-best 4 rebounds 3 times this season.
#11 Kali Bennett - RS-So. - C
Transfer from the University of Washington who figures to play a big role this season after sitting out the 2008-09 season because of NCAA transfer rules. As a freshman at Washington in 2007-08, averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while tying for the team lead in blocked shots with 15. Currently leads the team in blocks (1.4 bpg), is 3rd in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and 5th in scoring (6.1 ppg). Has scored in double figures 3 times this season. Was named the MVP of the Rainbow Wahine Classic after averaging 15.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). The win over Hawaii included a career-best 15 rebounds while she made the first start of her Sun Devil career against East Tennessee State. Had her third double-digit rebounding game with 11 at California (Jan. 30). Scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and tied her career high with 5 blocks vs. Washington State (Feb. 6).
#12 Alex Earl - So. - G
Has a much bigger role this season following the graduation of three guards from last year when she played in 23 games (4.3 minutes per game). Has excellent perimeter shooting skills. Has played in 22 games this season (17.5 mpg) with 4 starts. Is second on the team in 3-point FGs (17) and is shooting 40 percent (12-30) from 3-point range in Pac-10 games. Missed ASU's 2009-10 season opener vs. South Dakota State (injured foot). Made all four of her field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers, and scored a career-high 12 points in ASU's win over Yale (Nov. 19). Scored 7 points (3-3 FGs) and had a career-best 4 assists vs. USC (Jan. 1). Played a career-high 31 minutes and scored 8 points and had 2 steals at Washington (Jan. 7). Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs, 3-4 3-point FGs) in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 21). Grabbed a career-high 4 rebounds and tied her career high with 2 steals at Stanford (Jan.28). Scored 10 points (4-7 FGs) and had a career-high 5 steals vs. Washington State (Feb. 4).
#13 Danielle Orsillo - Sr. - G
Started all 35 games last season after missing all but one game of the 2007-08 season with a knee injury. Has scored in double figures 30 times in her last 37 games going back to last season, including 19 times in 23 games this season. Currently leads the team in scoring (14.1 ppg), 3-point FGs (21), free throw percentage (.843) and steals (1.7 spg) and is 2nd in assists (2.3 apg). Has led or tied for the team lead in scoring 13 times this season, including a career-high 26 points (10-18 FGs, 6-6 FTs) in win at Oregon State (Feb. 11). Currently with 1,256 career points, needs 62 points to move into 7th place on ASU's all-time scoring list. Was named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.5 points in ASU's wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). Was named MVP of the ASU Classic after averaging 15.5 points in ASU's wins over Idaho State (Dec. 4) and Pepperdine (Dec. 5). Scored 12 points to go along with a season-best 5 assists and a career-best 5 steals in ASU's win over North Dakota on Jan. 9. Poured in 20 points (7-14 FGs, 6-6 FTs) to go along with 2 assists and 3 steals in ASU's win over Oregon State (Jan. 16). Scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half of ASU's win at Arizona (Jan. 24). Scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half at Califonria (Jan. 30), including the game winning basket with five-tenths of a second left. Had 6 assists (one short of her career high) to go along with 13 points in ASU's overtime win vs. Washington (Feb. 4). Score a career-high 26 points (10-18 FGs, 6-6 FTs) in win at Oregon State (Feb. 11).
#21 Kayli Murphy - Sr. - F/C
Returns as ASU's most experienced player in the frontcourt. Played in every game her first two years before a hand injury caused her to miss the first six games last season. Would go on to start in 27 of the 29 games in 2008-09. Has started all 23 games in 2009-10 and is currently first on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg), 2nd in field goal percentage (.522) and 3rd in scoring (8.1 ppg). Is leading the team in rebounding over its last five games (6.0 rpg) and has connected on nearly 74 percent of her field goal attempts (14-19) during that span. Had the second double-double of her career in the 2009-10 season opener against South Dakota State in which she tied her career best in scoring with 12 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. Was named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in ASU's wins over Hawaii (Nov. 27) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 28) Led the team in scoring with a career-high 15 points in ASU's win over North Dakota (Dec. 9). Played a career-high 30 minutes and scored 11 points (5-10 FGs) and grabbed 7 rebounds at Washington (Jan. 7). Nearly had a double-double after scoring 10 points (3-6 FGs, 4-4 FTs) and grabbing 8 rebounds in win at Washington State (Jan. 9). Scored all 11 of her points from the free throw line (11-12 FTs) to go along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists vs. Oregon (Jan. 14). Was again close to a double-double following 9-point, 11-rebound performance at Arizona (Jan. 24). Recorded back-to-back double-doubles (3rd and 4th of her career) in ASU's contests against Washington (Feb. 4) and Washington State (Feb. 6). In the two games she averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists, while connecting on 91 percent of her shots, missing only one on the weekend (10-11). In ASU's 67-61 overtime win over Washington, Murphy scored a career-high 16 points (5-5 FGs, 6-8 FTs) to go along with 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists while tying her career-high in minutes played (33). She led ASU with 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double vs. Washington State on Saturday.
#22 Janae Fulcher - RS-Fr. - F/C
After redshirting in 2008-09, has a bigger hole this season after three post players graduated from last year's team. Helped lead her high school basketball team, La Jolla Country Day, to four league championships. Has played in every game this season (12.2 mpg). Is first on the team in field goal percentage (.564, 44-78 FGs). Has hit 74 percent (13-18) of her field goal attempts in ASU's last 4 games. Had the first double-double of her career with 11 points (5-6 FGs) and 10 rebounds in 12 minutes of play at Yale (Nov. 19). Scored a career-high 12 points vs. Baylor (Dec. 20). Matched her career high with 12 points (6-6 FGs) in ASU's win at Cal (Jan. 30).
#23 Markisha Patterson - Jr. - G
Transfer from Central Arizona, who is redshirting this season as she recovers from a knee injury. Was part of NJCAA national runner-up (2008) and NJCAA champion (2009) teams during her two seasons at Central Arizona where she was a teammate of fellow ASU newcomer Tenaya Watson.
#25 Kimberly Brandon - So. - G/F
Sister Gennifer is a freshman on the California women's basketball team. Has started 19 of 23 games in 2009-10 (19.6 mpg). Made the first start of her career in ASU's 2009-10 season opener against South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Had career-best numbers in points (12) and assists (4) in win at Yale (Nov. 19). Scored 9 points (4-7 FGs) and recorded career bests in steals (4) and blocks (2) in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28). Recorded 9 points (3-3 FGs, 3-4 FTs) to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals in ASU's win vs. Oregon (Jan. 14). Pulled down 6 rebounds, to go along with 3 assists and 3 steals in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Scored 4 points, grabbed 6 more rebounds and had 3 more steals in win at Arizona (Jan. 24). Scored 6 points and tied her career high with 7 rebounds in win at Cal (Jan. 30). Scored 10 points (4-5 FGs) in ASU's overtime win vs. Washington (Feb. 6).
#30 Gabby Fage - Sr. - G
Reserve guard who has played in 80 career games. Is currently sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. Has played in 13 games in 2009-10, missing ASU's first 3 contests in December as she recovered from a broken nose. Has grabbed a season-best 5 rebounds on two occasions and has 12 assists and only 4 turnovers. Scored 4 points, dished out 2 assists and had 2 rebounds in win at Hawaii (Nov. 27).
#32 Becca Tobin - Jr. - F/C
Came into the 2009-10 season having played in 66 games her first two seasons. Has started 21 of 23 games in 2009-10 and is currently 2nd on the team in blocks (1.3 bpg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), scoring (9.7 ppg) and free throw pct. (.818) and 3rd in field goal percentage (.513). Has scored in double figures 11 times this season. Made the first start of her career in ASU's 2009-10 season opening win against South Dakota State and scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds. Was named to the ASU Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 11.5 points (8-12 FGs, .667 FG pct) and 7.5 rebounds in ASU's wins vs. Idaho State (Dec. 4) and Pepperdine (Dec. 5). Pulled down 10 rebounds in ASU's win over North Dakota (Dec. 9). Was named to the Las Vegas Holidays Hoops Classic's All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while making 58 percent of her shots against Texas A&M and Baylor. Tied her career high with 13 rebounds to go along with 9 points and 2 blocks vs. USC (Jan. 1). Scored a career-high 19 points (7-8 FGs) at Washington (Jan. 7). Blocked 6 shots (one short of tying the single-game school record) and pulled down 8 rebounds in ASU's win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Came up one rebound short of a double-double (19 points 9 rebounds) and tied her career high in scoring in addition to recording 4 assists and 2 steals in ASU's win at Arizona (Jan. 24).
#35 Tenaya Watson - Jr. - G
Transfer from Central Arizona who has started 21 of 22 games this season. Is currently day-to-day with a foot injury that caused her to miss contest at Oregon State (Feb. 11). At Central Arizona was part of NJCAA national runner-up (2008) and NJCAA champion (2009) where she was a teammate of fellow ASU newcomer Markisha Patterson. Was named the MVP of the 2009 NJCAA Tournament after averaging 16.8 points in Central Arizona's four tournament games. In the NJCAA championship game she scored a career-best 30 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Central Arizona defeat Missouri Jefferson College 78-77. Is currently 1st on the team in assists (2.8 apg), 2nd in steals (1.5 spg) and 4th in field goal pct. (.481) and scoring (7.9 ppg). Scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 7 assists and blocked 2 shots in her Sun Devil debut against South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Added 10 points (3-5 FGs, 4-4 FTs) in ASU's win vs. East Tennessee State (Nov. 28). Tallied a career-high 13 points, which included a 7-of-8 performance from the free throw line vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 19). Scored 12 points (6-9 FGs) and had 6 assists in win vs. Furman (Dec. 28). Had 12 points and 4 assists in win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 16). Set new career highs in scoring (14), steals (4) and blocks (4) in ASU's 73-67 win at Arizona (Jan. 24) on Sunday. Also, hit 83 percent of her shots (5-6) in the game. Led the team with 12 points (4-8 FGs) at Stanford (Jan. 28).