WHAT: No. 15/20 Sun Devil Women’s Basketball (18-3, 7-2 Pac-12) vs. Oregon (12-8, 3-6 Pac-12)
WHEN: Sunday at 1 p.m. MT
WHERE: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
RADIO: NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 (coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m.)
Coming off its third-consecutive, down-to-the wire win, the No. 15/20 Arizona State women’s basketball plays its second of three games in five days (all at home) when it hosts Oregon in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee (1 p.m.).
The Sun Devils began the challenging stretch with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Oregon State on Friday in which they erased a seven-point deficit in the final 95 seconds. The third of the aforementioned three games will take place on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. MT) when ASU faces Arizona in the first of back-to-back Territorial Cup® Series contests.
The Sun Devils (18-3, 7-2 Pac-12) enter Sunday’s game in sole possession of second place in the Pac-12. ASU trails only first-place Stanford (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12), which has yet to lose a game in conference play. The Sun Devils were able to take over second place after Cal (14-6, 6-3/lost to Stanford on Thursday) and USC (14-8, 7-3/lost to Washington State on Friday) dropped their most recent contests.
As the Sun Devils have found out, every conference game has the potential to go down to the wire as the Pac-12 is proving to be one of the most competitive leagues in the country. Five of ASU’s last seven conference games been decided by 3 points or less or in overtime with the Sun Devils coming out on top in each of those five games.
The Sun Devils came into Pac-12 play with a 10-game winning streak, which came to an end on Jan. 3 at Washington State (85-78). Two days later the Sun Devils were able to gain a split on their first Pac-12 road trip after defeating Washington 78-60.
ASU then won three of four games at home, earning hard-fought wins vs. USC (94-86 in OT), UCLA (59-57) and (then) No. 15 Cal (68-59) before falling to fourth-ranked Stanford (80-56) on Jan. 20. The Sun Devils quickly bounced back from the loss to Stanford with a pair of back-to-back, nail-biting wins on the road at Utah (65-62) and at Colorado (68-66) last weekend.
The storyline of ASU’s success this season has been teamwork. Ten Sun Devils have scored in double figures; seven have led/tied for team lead in scoring; seven have led/tied for team lead in assists; and five have led/tied for team lead in rebounds.
Sunday’s game vs. Oregon can be seen via live stream by going to http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university.
The game can also be heard live on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. Coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. Veteran broadcaster and the state of Arizona’s 2010 Broadcaster of the Year Jeff Munn is in his 10th season as the voice of ASU women’s basketball. He will be joined by former Sun Devil head coach Maura McHugh.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME
• On a night in which it shot 30 percent from the floor (17 percent from 3-point range) and allowed its opponent to shoot 48 percent, including a blistering 58 percent from downtown, the No. 15 Arizona State women’s basketball team still found a way to win, defeating Oregon State 64-62.
• Adrianne Thomas scored seven of her team-high 17 points in the final two minutes and Promise Amukamara once again came up with late-game heroics on the defensive end to help the Sun Devils erase a seven-point deficit in the final 95 seconds and come away with the win.
• Deja Mann (11 points), Katie Hempen (10 points) and Sophie Brunner (10 points) also recorded double-figure scoring totals for the Sun Devils, who committed a season-low seven turnovers on Friday. Thomas and Amukamara also added four steals each, while Kelsey Moos notched her second-consecutive, double-figure rebounding game with 10.
• For the Sun Devils it was the third time in as many games (all wins) in which they either trailed or were tied at some point in the final 20 seconds of the game.
• It was the first time this season the Sun Devils were able to come back from a double-digit deficit and win as they trailed by as many as 13 in the first half.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
• ASU was one of three schools – current No. 4 Stanford and Colorado – to start Pac-12 play with only one loss in non-conference play. For ASU, it was the sixth time since the 1986-87 (first season of Pac-10/12 play) that it entered conference play with only one loss.
• ASU’s non-conference schedule included a pair of wins over Top 25 teams. The Sun Devils defeated then-No. 11 North Carolina 94-81 in OT at the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 29. On Dec. 30, ASU came from behind to beat then-No. 20 Syracuse, 63-60, in Tempe. ASU’s only loss in non-conference play came on the road in the season’s second game to a San Diego squad, which had its best start in school history winning its first 15 games (18-4 as of Feb. 1). The Sun Devils led by as many as 11 in the first half of their 85-78 loss at Washington State (Jan. 3). The difference in the game for ASU proved to be 15 missed free throws (28-43). ASU recorded its third win against a Top 25 opponent when it defeated then-No. 15 Cal 68-59 in Tempe on Jan. 17, ending the Bears’ Pac-12, regular-season winning streak at 19 games. The Sun Devils dropped their first contest to a ranked opponent when No. 4 Stanford came to Tempe and defeated ASU 80-56 on Jan. 20. As of Feb. 1, ASU’s three losses are to teams with an aggregate record of 50-14 (.781).
• ASU is No. 11 in the NCAA’s most recent RPI (Jan. 27). ASU is one of seven Pac-12 program’s among the Top 55: Stanford (No. 4), Cal (No. 22), USC (No. 31), Oregon State (No. 36), UCLA (No. 51) and Colorado (No. 55).
• ASU’s earlier 10-game winning streak tied the second-longest run in program history. It was also the 20th time since 2001 that ASU had a winning streak of five or more games. The string of 10 straight wins was ASU’s longest since it won a school record 15 straight in 2009 (after losing first two Pac-10 games won next 15).
• ASU has scored 80 or more points 8x this season, has shot 50 percent or higher 7x and has had 15 or more assists 13x.
• ASU has held to opposition to 25 percent or less from 3-point range 9x this season. On Jan. 26, ASU did not allow a 3-pointer at Colorado, ending CU’s streak of making at least one triple in 285 straight games.
• After averaging 20.9 turnovers in its first nine contests, ASU is averaging 14.3 in its last 12 games. ASU has had 16 or fewer turnovers nine times during that span, including a season low of seven vs. Oregon State (Jan. 31).
• Eleven of ASU’s wins this season have come when they were either trailing or ahead by only one point or tied at some juncture in the last five minutes of regulation. The Sun Devils are 9-0 in games decided by five points or less AND/OR overtime.
• In the final minute of its last three games (all wins and all decided in the final seconds) ASU has zero turnovers while forcing six.
• As of Feb. 1, ASU is ranked among the top third in the Pac-12 in rebounding defense (1st/35.0 rpg), scoring margin (2nd, +8.8), FG pct. (2nd, 43.5), scoring offense (3rd, 74.2 ppg), 3-point FG pct. defense (3rd/28.0), steals (3rd/8.6 spg), offensive rebounds (14.5 rpg), FT pct. (4th/69.6), assists (4th/15.0 apg) and turnover margin (4th/1.6).
• As of Feb. 1, ASU has two players among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in FG percentage – freshmen Kelsey Moos (5th, 52.6) and Sophie Brunner (6th, 52.0).
• ASU has won the battle of the boards in all but six games this season. They are 4-2 in those contests – at San Diego (Nov. 13 - L), vs. Miami (Dec. 21 - W), vs. UCLA (Jan. 12 - W), vs. Stanford (Jan. 20 - L), at Colorado (Jan. 26 - W) vs. Oregon State (Jan. 31 - W).
• ASU’s bench is outscoring the opposition’s bench by an average of 14.6 points per game (30.7-16.1).
• Included in Brunner’s last 16 games are four double-doubles, nine double-digit scoring efforts and nine games with seven or more rebounds.
• Moos has averaged 10.5 rebounds in her last two games.
• RS-sophomore Katie Hempen (12-12), Brunner (14-17), senior Deja Mann (8-10) and senior Adrianne Thomas (23-29) have combined to shoot 84 percent (57-68) in ASU’s last four games.
• Sophomore Elisha Davis has 24 assists and only six turnovers in ASU’s last eight games. In Pac-12 play, Davis is third in the conference in assist-TO ratio (2.5). Senior Deja Mann has 25 assists and only 11 turnovers in ASU’s last 11 games.
• Brunner (69), Moos (52) and Burke (51) have combined for 172 of ASU’s 305 offensive boards.
• Ten different Sun Devils have scored in double figures this season – Deja Mann (14x), Brunner (10x), Burke (8x), Moos (8x), Katie Hempen (9x), Adrianne Thomas (9x), Amukamara (6x), Davis (3x), Eliza Normen (1x) and Quinn Dornstauder (1x).
SERIES NOTES VS. OREGON (ASU LEADS 28-26 SINCE 1986-87)
ASU has won 22 of the 26 meetings since the 2000-01 season. Oregon’s 82-81 win in Eugene in 2010 snapped a 10-game ASU winning streak in the series. ASU won the only meeting last season, 60-45 in Tempe. Current Sun Devil Joy Burke (11 points) was one of two Sun Devils who scored in double figures.