Editor’s Note: Throughout the offseason Sun Devil head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne will be providing updates and other notes of interest on the Sun Devil women’s basketball program.
May 27, 2014
Let the offseason blogging begin! What way better than to start with a quick look back on our fun and incredibly successful 2013-14 team....A team that believed in themselves when the media, other coaches, and probably even some fans thought we were a year away from being back to a top team.
Being nationally ranked our whole conference season and winning 20 of 23 was very special.
After one tough early season loss, our young team decided to not let the pressure take away their pleasure of getting to play the game they love. What a fun journey watching our youngsters beat 11th ranked UNC, 19th ranked Syracuse, and a formidable Miami and then head into Pac-12 play with a number by our name again.
Our team worked very hard and thus came the transformation from upsetting the ranked teams to being the team that everyone wanted to beat. We are back where we have been for so many years and we will embrace the expectations that come with our team success.
Why was this team so successful? There were a lot of factors and I will not list them all out but I will share with you what we felt were the three simple and overriding factors;
1. Our selflessness
2. Our work ethic
3. Our shooting
Yes, It really is not rocket science. I have been a Division I Head Coach for 20 years and there are just certain things you WIN with!
Stay tuned for my next blog where I will write about why we did not peak and what we plan to do about it!