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Charli Turner Thorne hopes Arizona State isn't exposed come regular season

Oct 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - Arizona State has had sustained success over the two-decade career of Charli Turner Thorne at the helm, consistently making the NCAA tournament and nabbing a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title and a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance last season. This, combined with the Sun Devils bringing in the No. 10 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN, would lead one to believe that ASU is a well-oiled machine.

While it probably will be in a few weeks’ time as it usually is, right now the Sun Devils are working the kinks out. Turner Thorne demonstrated this by telling a (fabricated) story about answering the doorbell after recently getting out of the shower and dropping her towel when her neighbor offered her $800 to do so. She got the $800, but it turns out the neighbor actually owed her husband the money anyways. The moral of the story?

“If you’re not on the same page, you’re going to end up exposed,” Turner Thorne said. “If you came to practice today, we'd be a little bit exposed.”

Turner has been known to share a funny story or four (and to be clear, this was a made-up instance to get a point across), but the message she sent was clear – Arizona State might be picked to finish in the top-third of the conference with a bally-hooed recruiting class, but there’s a lot of work for the Sun Devils to contend for a Pac-12 title and make another NCAA tournament run.