Editor’s Note: ASU head women’s basketball head coach Charli Turner Thorne provides the latest updates on the Sun Devil women’s basketball program. In today’s installment, Charli gives her thoughts on the proposed rule change that would add the 10-second backcourt rule to the women’s game.
For those who are not aware, it looks like women’s college basketball is going to be implementing the 10-second backcourt rule this season, which I’m really excited about. I think maybe years ago I was a little bit reluctant about adding it, but progressing the game and change is good.
I was a player when we were debating the 3-point line and we were changing the ball from the men’s ball to the women’s ball and there was no consensus when it came to what everyone wanted. I think both changes were tremendous for the game. The 3-point line has been fantastic and the smaller ball fits our game better. And I think right now it is kind of the same thing with the 10-second rule. There are some who have been resistant saying, ‘No, we like the game the way it is.’ Honestly I don’t think any of us know how this rule will impact the game. There are some who feel like it may speed it up. I know one thing for sure and that is nobody in the stands will be yelling ’10 seconds!’ because they get the rules confused with the men’s game.
I’m all for adding this rule to our game. I think it will provide teams with more strategic options on the defensive end, which we love in terms of maybe getting additional turnovers by pressing and creating pressure on the offense to advance the ball.
What’s next? It would not surprise me if one day we were to see the eight-second backcourt rule and a 24-second shot clock that’s more in line with professional and FIBA rules so that everybody worldwide is playing the same game. We’ll have to see what the future brings.
When the 2013 soccer season commences in August, the Arizona State women’s soccer team will be featuring the Pac-12’s top returning duo in combined goals per game in the form of senior Devin Marshall and sophomore Cali Farquharson.
Last season, the play of Marshall and Farquharson proved to be a significant factor in helping the Sun Devils make their third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Together, Marshall (0.56 goals per game/second in the Pac-12) and Farquharson (0.50 goals per game/sixth in the Pac-12) combined to average more than a goal a game for the Sun Devils, whose 1.51 goals-per-game average was their highest average since the 2005 season when they averaged 1.66.
Arguably one of the most exciting players in the country to watch with her one-of-a-kind, go-after-it style, Marshall finished second on the team in both goals (nine – seventh in the Pac-12) and points (20 – t10th in the Pac-12) last season. However the most important statistic that illustrates Marshall’s effectiveness is goals per game where she had the Pac-12’s second-best mark (0.56) in 2012. Marshall, who was named second-team All-Pac-12 last season, did not play in five of ASU’s games last season and missed the majority of two others – including ASU’s NCAA Tournament game against Baylor – because of injury. Entering her senior season Marshall is 10th on ASU’s all-time list in goals (16) and tied for 10th in career points (39).
Farquharson was one of the top newcomers in the Pac-12 last season as she finished first on the team and tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in goals with 10 on her way to being named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team. A Valley native (Shadow Mountain HS/Phoenix, Ariz), Farquharson also led the team and finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in points with 24. Her 10 goals tied for the seventh-highest single-season total by a Sun Devil while her 24 points were the 10th-highest single-season total in program history. Farquharson’s three goals against USC tied both the school record and the highest single-game total by a Pac-12 player in 2012. Her eight points (three goals, two assists) against the Women of Troy set a new single-game school record and were the most by any Pac-12 player in 2012.
During their spring season the Sun Devils offered a preview of what may be to come this season as they outscored the opposition 22-5 on their way to a perfect 9-0 record. With Farquharson forced to miss time because of injury, Marshall stepped up to lead the Sun Devils in goals. In their last six games of the spring season, Marshall accounted for seven goals.
With the start of the 2013 season a little more than two months away, Sun Devil fans need to start marking their calendars to come out to Sun Devil Soccer Stadium this fall and get behind the soccer team. If their spring success is any indication, the 2013 season will be one fans will not want to miss.
Editor’s Note: ASU head women’s basketball head coach Charli Turner Thorne provides the latest updates on the Sun Devil women’s basketball program.
One of the things that we love about the offseason is we have more time to get out in the community to reach out to all those who support us throughout the year. Of course, during the academic year we try and get out as much as we can. In addition to appearances at schools and youth clinics we put on, we always make sure to get out and serve at the annual Komen Race for the Cure and Pat’s Run.
Being active in the community is something our program takes a lot of pride in. The platform we have allows us many different ways to give back, which is something we are always looking to do any time the opportunity arises.
Our team has been very active in the community in the last two weeks. Arnecia Hawkins, Izzy Purkovic and Eliza Normen recently got the opportunity to spend time with patients and their families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. That is always a special experience for our players because of all the smiles they are able to bring to the children’s faces.
Last Monday was really exciting as we got to say hello to a lot of our fans at the Phoenix Mercury’s home opener. What a great atmosphere it was out there for our hometown team and for the game of women’s basketball! We’ll be at several Mercury games this year so be sure to watch for those announcements!
On Thursday, Arnecia and Izzy made it out to the Downtown Chandler Public Library to help kickoff their Summer Reading Program for kids. It was a wonderful event for all the children who were in attendance as they were able to learn the importance of reading in a fun environment.
As I head towards Pac-12 meetings in Utah this weekend, I have my eyes in Oklahoma City, Fullerton, and Atlanta. Way to go Coach Myers as his team hardly loses at home (40-3 this year at Farrington this year and 30-3 in Tempe in the postseason). Did you know the Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman is blogging for ESPNW? Here is her May 20 blog. This team gets it done in the classroom as well. I am excited to watch them on the ESPN family of networks this week and hopefully next!
Baseball is off to Cal State Fullerton where they will take on New Mexico. We are proud to be one of just four Pac-12 teams selected to the NCAA Tournament after being picked for sixth in the Pac-12. Coach Esmay took the 2010 team to the College World Series and the 2011 team to the Austin Super Regional and is 9-4 all-time in the postseason. Each game at Fullerton Regional will be televised by ESPNU or ESPN3 and every ASU game will be broadcast by the MidFirst Bank Sun Devil IMG Network on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. DId you know this fact about our team?
Let’s say congratulations to three Sun Devils in the NBA for different reasons. Lionel Hollins had an amazing season coaching up the Memphis Grizzlies (remember when we retired his jersey here?) and James Harden and his Beard earned third-team All-NBA. Let’s all say welcome from the Sun Devil nation to Naomi Pendergraph, the daughter of Jeff Pendergraph, who is making a living with the Indiana Pacers. Jeff led the nation in field goal percentage in 2008-09 and helped lead us to 25 wins and the NCAA Tournament. He also graduated with a degree in economics. That is the type of student-athlete you are supporting when you are a member of the Sun Devil Club.
Congratulations to the women’s golf team with its fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best Sun Devil finish of the 2012-13 (so far!). Great news for alumna Jennifer Johnson who won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first tour title. Want more? How about congratulations to Giulia Molinaro who won the Friends of Mission Charity Classic for her first Symetra Tour title at the Country Club of Asheville.
Next week our track teams head to the national championships in Eugene. Coach Fraft has been producing some amazing numbers in the super competitive Pac-12. Check out some of these numbers when you get a chance. ASU’s eight titles were the second-most won of any team in the conference this year. Senior Jordan Clarke has a shot at history and our student paper, the State Press, did a great feature on him that as a Sun Devil you will want to read.
Sun Devil Baseball vs. New Mexico in NCAA Fullerton Regional
Football season ticket holder deadline to request tickets for the October 5th Notre Dame game in Dallas, TX.
Check out Jon Rahm’s scorecard from round one of the NCAA Championship on Tuesday.
Editor’s Note: ASU head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne provides the latest updates on the Sun Devil women’s basketball program.
Well, we have completed the 2012-13 academic year and we had a great graduation week earlier this month. We are proud to announce that four members of our program earned their degrees: Janae Fulcher, Micaela Pickens, Joy Burke and Deja Mann.
Janae will be leaving ASU with two degrees after earning her master’s degree in Liberal Studies. I’m also very happy to report that Janae got a summer internship with Pac-12 Enterprises. She has an interest in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, which makes this internship an excellent opportunity for her!
Micaela is a first-generation graduate and so we are all especially proud of her and all that she accomplished in only two years with our program. We’ll make sure to keep you updated on Micaela as she is going to continue with her basketball career.
Of course you’ll still be seeing both Joy and Deja in a Sun Devil uniform next season – only now they will officially be graduate students as both will be starting work toward their master’s degrees. Joy became the most recent member of our program to graduate from the Barrett Honors College after earning her marketing degree through the W.P. Carey School of Business.
I think it’s important to recognize the accomplishments of these outstanding young women because we always talk within our program that the No. 1 reason you come to college is to earn your degree. As much as we want to win championships on the court, we want to win them off the court, too. That’s what happens every time a member of our Sun Devil family earns their degree because we know they are leaving here with a great education and foundation that will make them strong and caring leaders!
Stay tuned for more updates!
So how does the 61 posted by Jon Rahm compare to other Sun Devils recently?
In the past 20 seasons, it is the second-lowest score by a Sun Devil. His 64 in the fall at the Pac-12 Preview is tied for the seventh-best round in that time.
Enjoy the trip down Sun Devil men’s golf memory lane below.
BEST SUN DEVIL MEN’S GOLF ROUNDS (1993-94 TO PRESENT)
Paul Casey, 1999 Pac-10 Championship
Jon Rahm, 2013 NCAA Championship
Jeff Quinney, 1999 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational
Jesper Kennegard, 2010 Pac-10 Championship and 2008 UH Hilo Invitational
Steele DeWald, 2007 Ping Arizona Intercollegiate and Hawaii Hilo Intercollegiate
Kendall Critchfield, 2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Jon Rahm, 2012 Pac-12 Preview (fall)
Jesper Kennegard, 2010 U.S. Intercollegiate
Spencer Fletcher, 2008 ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Stephan Gross, 2008 Hawaii Hilo Invitational
Pat Moore, 2002 ASU 2002 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational
Spend your Memorial Day with Pat Tillman and the 1996 Sun Devil Rose Bowl football team as Fox Sports Arizona and Pac-12 Networks bring two separate pieces of ASU lore into your living room.
Fox Sports Arizona kicks off Monday with a showing of “The Pat Tillman Legacy” at 11 a.m. before the Pac-12 Network airs the ’96 Devils’ 19-0 win over two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska at 4 p.m..
The game is part of the Pac-12 Networks Football Classics and will air exclusively on Pac-12 Arizona.
The Night The College Football World Changed – Sept. 21, 1996
“I’m out of breath. I’m just so proud of this team and my staff. We did a great job of planning what we needed to do, and the kids believed in it. This might be the biggest win I’ve ever been involved in.” – ASU head coach Bruce Snyder
Coming into the game, the Cornhuskers had:
- Won 26 straight games
- Won 37 straight regular season games
- Held the No. 1 spot in the AP rankings for 12 straight weeks
- 14-game non-conference win streak
- Only been shutout in one of Tom Osborne’s 283 games as head coach
Each of those impressive marks were shattered in the desert as ASU secured just the 13th shutout of a No. 1 team since 1936.
“We shut them out. Tonight we’ll celebrate. Tomorrow, we’ll get ready for Oregon. Our real goal is to make it to the Rose Bowl.” – freshman running back JR Redmond
Redmond’s goal was fulfilled as the Devils took down Oregon, 48-27, before rattling off seven more wins en route to an 11-0 regular season and a berth in the ’97 Rose Bowl.
Keith Poole scored the first touchdown of the game on a 25-yard strike from Jake Plummer, who broke Danny White’s ASU career passing record in the win. The Devils then recorded three safeties and added a pair of Robert Nycz field goals.
More than 74,000 fans packed into Sun Devil Stadium and flooded the field after the win.
SHUTOUTS OF ASSOCIATED PRESS #1 TEAM
Alabama 21, LSU 0 (Jan. 9, 2012)
ASU 19, Nebraska 0 (Sept. 21, 1996)
Minnesota 16, Michigan 0 (Oct. 22, 1977)
Ohio State 13, Purdue 0 (Oct. 12, 1968)
Oregon State 3, USC 0 (Nov. 11, 1967)
TCU 6, Texas 0 (Nov. 18, 1961)
Minnesota 13, Michigan State 0 (Nov. 4, 1961)
Maryland 7, UCLA 0 (Sept. 24, 1955)
Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0 (Orange Bowl/Jan. 1, 1954)
Notre Dame 0, Army 0 (Nov. 9, 1946)
USC 13, Notre Dame 0 (Dec. 3, 1938)
Washington 0, California 0 (Oct. 30, 1937)
Northwestern 6, Minnesota 0 (Oct. 31, 1936)
“This win will clearly have a tremendous impact on this university, this athletic program, and this terrific football team.” – ASU Athletic Director Kevin White
It was also Frank Kush Night, where the field was dedicated to Kush, a statue of Kush was unveiled and 200 of his ex-players showed up.
— Doug Tammaro (@DougTammaro)
— Brett Hansen (@bretthansen5)
Pat Tillman’s presence is still felt all across Sun Devil Athletics and ASU
Sun Devil Athletics teams wear a PT-42 patch on its jerseys
The football team enters Sun Devil Stadium through the Tillman Tunnel
There is a special case and mural in the football locker room honoring Pat’s legacy
Pat’s Run has been held annually in April at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium since 2005, attracts more than 35,000 participants, volunteers and spectators from across the country
The Tillman Foundation at ASU was created in 2004 to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service. Its mission is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships
The PT-42 program endows 42 Sun Devil Student-Athlete scholarships across all 21 Sun Devil Athletics teams.
The Tillman Veterans Center at ASU was opened in 2011 on the Tempe campus to connect veterans with academic and support service, as well as assist with certifying educational benefits.
Arizona State’s proud history of military service by football players dates back to the initial years of the program’s existence, starting in 1898 with three players that were members of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in the Spanish-American War, otherwise known as Theodore Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders”.
The NCAA men’s golf Championships get going next Tuesday in Atlanta, and ASU will try to extend an interesting 10-year anniversary.
In 1983, 1993 and 2003, a Sun Devil won the NCAA individual title. Jim Carter (not the President), Todd Demsey and Alejandro Canizares won the titles in 1983, 1993 and 2003. Canizares was only a freshman. Six titles in the past 30 years is pretty solid. How solid? As solid as there is.
Only Oklahoma State (five), UNLV (two) and Illinois (two) enter the multiple-champion conversation in the past 30 years.
ARIZONA STATE (6)
1983 Jim Carter, Arizona St., 287
1989 Phil Mickelson, Arizona St., 281
1990 Phil Mickelson, Arizona St., 279
1992 Phil Mickelson, Arizona St., 271
1993 Todd Demsey, Arizona St., 278
2003 Alejandro Canizares, Arizona St., 287
OKLAHOMA STATE (5)
1986 Scott Verplank, Oklahoma St., 282
1987 Brian Watts, Oklahoma St., 280
1988 E.J. Pfister, Oklahoma St., 284
2000 Charles Howell, Oklahoma St., 265
2006 Jonathan Moore, Oklahoma St., 276
2010 Scott Langley, Illinois, 206
2012 Thomas Pieters, Illinois, 208
1991 Warren Schutte, UNLV, 283
2004 Ryan Moore, UNLV, 267
Sun Devil Randy Lein coached both Demsey and Canizares to the titles. Canizares was a freshman from Spain in 2003 and was the Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year.
Be weird if ASU had a Pac-12 Freshman of the Year who was from Spain now 10-years later…hey, wait a second…we do! Jon Rahm swings it below at Karsten. He has played 43 rounds this year, and everyone of them has counted, and his 4.52 scoring average on par 5s is the best in the nation.