TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne was named the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, according to an announcement by the Pac-12 on Monday evening. Turner Thorne was voted coach of the year by the league’s head coaches.
This season Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to their first Pac-12 regular season title since 2001. Along the way the team has had several remarkable accomplishments, including:
- Tying the school record for consecutive wins (15).
- Setting a new school record for most road wins (11).
- Tying the program’s highest AP Top 25 ranking in school history (No. 8).
- Setting a new program benchmark for best conference start (9-0), surpassing the previous standard of 7-0 set last season.
- Led or shared the top spot in the Pac-12 from start to finish in a season in which the conference was ranked No. 1 in the RPI for much of the year.
- Became the first school in Pac-12 history to win both games of annual home-and-home series against Stanford two straight seasons.
- Posted six wins over Top 25 teams, including No. 9 Stanford and No. 10 Florida State.
- Off the court, the team is coming off a year in which it had No. 7 cumulative GPA in the country.
Earlier this season Turner Thorne, who also earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in 2001, recorded the 400th win of her career (includes 40 wins at NAU) and last week she recorded her 200th Pac-12 win.
The all-time winningest coach in program history and No. 2 in the Pac-12 in career wins (379), Turner Thorne has led the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including a pair of Elite Eight appearances. Last season the Sun Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament where they came within two points of once again advancing to the Elite Eight.
Turner Thorne’s Sun Devil squad will be the No. 2 seed in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. The Sun Devils will open play in the tournament on Friday (11:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. MT) when they will face either Utah (No. 7 seed) or California (No. 10 seed) in the quarterfinal round. The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks and heard on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.