COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
Chantella Perera scored 24 points, and Tierre Wilson posted 21 points and nine rebounds for
The Wildcats took a 60-56 lead on a layup by Njonkou with 4:50 left to play, but went scoreless after that.
A QUICK LOOK AT
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: The Arizona State University Sun Devils enter Friday’s game ranked No. 10 in the nation with a 10-1 overall record. ASU has won its last six games by an average of 16.5 points, including a 61-45 win over Texas Tech on Monday, and are 5-1 in Wells Fargo Arena so far this season. As a team, the Sun Devils shoot 49.8 percent (332-667) from the field, 40.0 percent (38-95) from three-point range, and 70.7 percent (157-222) from the free throw line. ASU has out-rebounded the opposition 405-367, while forcing 258 turnovers for 120 steals (10.9 spg). Senior Emily Westerberg leads the team with 14.7 points a game, and sophomore Danielle Orsillo adds 11.1 points per game. Head coach Charli Turner Thorne is in her 11th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program.
THE ARIZONA STATE-ARIZONA SERIES: Friday’s game will be the 71st meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Sun Devils on the hardwood, with ASU owning a 40-30 series advantage. ASU swept the two-game series last season, beating
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 272-188 (.591) mark at
PAC-THIS: After facing four ranked opponents in a tough non-conference schedule, things won’t get any easier for the Wildcats at the start of the Pac-10 schedule.
OFFENSIVE ROLLER COASTER: The
In the game before Monday night, a 77-39 win over
NOT SO EASY:
LATE GAME WOES: In
SECOND HALF LAPSE: So far this season,
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
TURNOVERS: The Wildcats have won the turnover battle with the opposition as of late, forcing 51 turnovers in the last two contests, while committing 28. Against
GET THE BALL: A key to
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: Although
MAGIC NUMBER: So far this season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 16-4 run to
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
WATCH YOUR POCKETS:
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth has proven she can put the ball in the basket during her career, and she is continuing her scoring ways this season. The 5-foot-10 guard is averaging a team-best 16.3 points a game, as she scored 22 points or more on four different occasions. She is also averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals a game, and has posted double-figure point totals in 11 out of 12 games this season. Hollingsworth is shooting 41.4 percent from the field (70-169), and averages 14 shots from the field a game. In her last three games, Hollingsworth is averaging 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has upped her performance in the last six games, as she is averaging 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals a game during that span. Against
DOUBLING UP: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, seven of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as