TEMPE, Ariz. – The Sun Devil women’s basketball team will be participating in the 2014 Gulf Coast Showcase, which includes defending national champion UConn, taking place Nov. 28-30 at Germain Arena in Southwest Florida.
Each of the eight teams in the field will play three games in three days. The Gulf Coast Showcase will follow a tournament-style format in which a tournament champion will ultimately be crowned on the final day. There will also be games contested to determine third-, fifth- and seventh-place finishers.
The Sun Devils will open tournament play on Fri., Nov. 28 (2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT) when they take on 2014 WNIT participant Villanova (23-9 in 2013-14). The winner of that contest will take on the winner of Friday’s first game (noon ET) between 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Georgia Tech (20-12 in 2013-14) and 2014 WNIT participant Green Bay (22-10 in 2013-14).
The winning teams of Friday’s games will face off on Sat., Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. ET (4 p.m. MT) while the losing teams will play earlier that day at noon ET.
The championship game of the tournament will take place on Sun., Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. MT).
The championship game entry on ASU’s half of the bracket will face either 2014 NCAA national champion UConn (40-0 in 2013-14), 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Vanderbilt (18-13 in 2013-14), 2014 WNIT participant Minnesota (22-13 in 2013-14) or 2014 WBI participant College of Charleston (19-15 in 2014).
ASU’s most recent contest against a team in the tourney field came last March when the Sun Devils defeated Vanderbilt, 69-61, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, the Sun Devils faced unbeaten UConn in the Trenton Regional final with a berth in the Final Four on the line. ASU would give the Huskies one of their toughest games of the season before coming up short against the eventual national champions, 83-64.
The week of the Gulf Coast Showcase will be arguably the most demanding of the 2014-15 regular season for the Sun Devils, who will be playing four games away from home in the span of seven days. On Nov. 25 – three days before facing Villanova – ASU will be in Coral Gables, Fla., where it will face 2014 WNIT participant Miami (16-15 in 2013-14).The Sun Devils are coming off their 14th postseason appearance in the last 15 years after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Nine players, including three starters, return from the squad that went 23-10, finished tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and was ranked as high as No. 11 in the AP poll during the regular season. The 2014-15 season will be the 18th at Arizona State for head coach Charli Turner Thorne, who is No. 2 all time in the Pac-12 in career wins (325).