Arizona State falls to Baylor


December 3, 2010

LaceDarius Dunn had 24 points with six 3-pointers and sparked the tie-breaking run after halftime as No. 11 Baylor stretched its home winning streak to 11 games with a 68-54 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.

Dunn made all of his 3-pointers before bruising his left forearm when he fell hard to the court going for an offensive rebound with 6:43 left. He was on the court writhing in pain, then went to the bench, where he kept rubbing his arm and grimacing before returning 2 minutes later. He was still hurting when he got back in the game. Download Full Image

It was only Dunn's third game this season for Baylor (6-0).

Rihards">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/kuksiks_rihards00.html"... Kuksiks hit consecutive 3-pointers for Arizona State (3-3) in the opening minute of the second half to tie the game at 33. Dunn responded with a 3-pointer, the first of his two in a quick 7-2 run that gave Baylor the lead for good.

Dunn, the leading scorer last season when Baylor made it to an NCAA regional final and had a school-record 28 wins, was suspended for the first three games of the season after a domestic dispute charge earlier this fall.

In his three games since returning, Dunn has averaged 22.7 points a game and made 16 3-pointers. He was already Baylor's career leader for 3-pointers, and now has 315 - with at least one in 20 consecutive games.

Kuksiks led Arizona State with 13 points, while Ty Abott had 12 on four 3-pointers and Kyle">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/cain_kyle00.html">Kyle Cain scored 10 points.

A.J. Walton had 13 points, four steals, three assists and five rebounds for Baylor. Freshman Perry Jones had 12 points.

Baylor was up 59-45 when Dunn got hurt, a play on which he was called for a foul. When he was sitting at the scorers table waiting to return, and even when he got back on the court, he was rubbing and shaking his arm.

Soon after getting back in the game, he dived on the court for a loose ball - reaching out with his left arm that was hit by a defender. He stayed in the game, and only made two free throws after that.

Baylor hadn't trailed at all its previous three games, and coach Scott Drew called a timeout after Arizona State had a 5-0 lead only 83 seconds into the game. The Bears responded with a 16-3 run, when the only ASU basket was Abbott's 3-pointer.

After Abbott's 3 put the Sun Devils up 8-7, they had four turnovers and got off one shot over the next 4 1/2 minutes. Jones had a dunk and another inside basket, Dunn hit a 3 and Walton had a fadeaway jumper for a 16-8 Baylor lead.

The Bears stretched the lead to 30-18 when J'mison Morgan gathered in the ball underneath the basket and made a reverse layup with just under 7 minutes left until halftime, when they still led 33-27.

Baylor's 11-game home winning streak matches the longest in the Ferrell Center. With exams coming up, the Bears don't play another game until Dec. 15, at home against Bethune-Cookman.

Women's Basketball hosts ASU Classic


December 3, 2010

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After being on the road for the last three weeks the Arizona State women's basketball team returns home this weekend to host the annual ASU Classic, which will also include Cal Poly, New Mexico and Lamar.

The action begins on Friday when ASU takes on Cal Poly at 6 p.m. Then, 25 minutes after the conclusion of the ASU-Cal Poly game, Lamar will face New Mexico. Then on Saturday, Cal Poly will face Lamar/New Mexico at 2 p.m. and ASU will face Lamar/New Mexico 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game (Note: While times for ASU's and Cal Poly's games are set regardless of Friday's outcomes, Saturday's games will still feature a `consolation game' and a `championship game' in which the two winners from Friday's games will meet).

The Sun Devils have been racking up the frequent flyer miles since opening the season with an 81-46 home win over Northern Arizona on November 12. Two days later they travel to UC Riverside where they came away with a 58-47 win. Then one week later (Nov. 21) the Sun Devils found themselves in Knoxville, Tenn., where they fell to the then-fourth-ranked Lady Vols 80-64. Finally the Sun Devils concluded their road trip Thanksgiving weekend at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas where they defeated Providence 63-56 before encountering a tough 65-55 loss against No. 15/14 Florida State in which the Sun Devils led for most of the game.

Dymond">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/simon_dymond01.html">Dy... Simon was named to the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in the two games. Also coming through with a strong weekend was Janae">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/fulcher_janae00.html">J... Fulcher, who averaged 11.5 points, while connecting on 83 percent of her shots (10-12) for the weekend.

Cal Poly (2-2) will be playing its first game since Nov. 22. Similar to the Sun Devils, the early part of the Mustangs' schedule has been dominated by assignments away from home. Cal Poly is currently in a stretch in which they are play six of their first seven games away from home. The Mustangs, who lost 2010 Big West Conference Player of the year Kirstina Santiago in their first game of the season, are led by senior guard Rachel Clancy (13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), junior post Abby Bloetscher (10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and junior guard Ashlee Burns (10.5 ppg).

The Sun Devils have won the ASU Classic eight times in the last nine years with the exception coming in 2007 when ASU was defeated by Auburn 63-57 in the finals.

WEBCAST/RADIO

A webcast of Friday's ASU-Cal Poly game can be seen live on Fox Sports Arizona's website. The stream can be accessed by going to www.foxsportsarizona.com. Friday's game can also be heard via ASU's All-Access package on thesundevils.com. Pre-game coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m. Veteran broadcaster Jeff Munn is in his seventh season as the voice of ASU women's basketball.

SERIES NOTES VERSUS CAL POLY

This will be only the second time that ASU and Cal Poly have met. The Sun Devils were victorious in the only prior meeting, 84-68 in 1999.

TOUGH START

It's still early in the season for these kinds of stats, but for what it's worth as the first month of the season nears its conclusion, the Sun Devils have the No. 4 strength of schedule in the country according to collegerpi.com.

50 EQUALS SUCCESS

One of the cornerstones of head coach Charli">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/turnerthorne_charli00.h... Turner Thorne's formula for success over the years has been defense. In its first two games of the season ASU held both of its opponents under 50 points, limiting Northern Arizona to 46 points and UC Riverside to 47 points. Those two games marked the 38th and 39th times since the 2005-06 season that the Sun Devils have held the opposition under 50 points. Not surprisingly, ASU's record in those games is a perfect 39-0.

SUN DEVILS BOOSTED BY RETURN OF SIMON

Rewind back to the first week of March in 2009. At that time the Sun Devils were in the midst of a school record 15-game winning streak and were preparing to challenge the Stanford Cardinal for a share of the Pac-10 title in the regular-season finale. It was in that game that fate would deal the Sun Devils a terrible blow as All-Pac-10 guard Dymond">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/simon_dymond01.html">Dy... Simon went down with a season-ending knee injury for the second time in three years. With the loss of such an incredible talent ASU's outlook not only for the 2009 postseason, but also the 2009-10 season suddenly became unclear.

While the 2008-09 Sun Devils would end up making a dramatic run which concluded with the program's second Elite Eight appearance in three season, the 2009-10 squad was greatly affected by the loss of Simon's leadership and abilities on the floor.

After taking the 2009-10 season to recover and rehab from the injury, Simon is back now and immediately makes the Sun Devils a squad that others need to take notice of not only within the Pac-10, but around the country. At the time of her injury in 2009, Simon was seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (13.8 ppg), second in free throw percentage (.882), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.381), eighth in assists (3.3 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio and 14th in 3-point field goals per game (1.3). The aforementioned 88.2 percent mark in accuracy from the free throw line set the school's single-season record.

Simon's play has already been a major factor for the Sun Devils this season as she has led or tied for the team lead in scoring four times in five games. Most recently she was named to the Junkanoo Jam's All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists in ASU's contests against Providence and Florida State.

Simon's aggressiveness on the offensive end has also help her to the line on a consistent basis as she leads the Sun Devils in both free throw attempts (25) and makes (20). Defensively speaking, Simon set a career high with six steals in ASU's win vs. NAU.

Simon is currently 11th on ASU's all-time list with 69 career 3-point field goals and seventh in career free throw percentage (.798). Currently with 903 career points, Simon needs 97 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

GETTING THE JOB DONE

As ASU's most productive returning starter from last season, senior forward Becca">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/tobin_becca00.html">Becca Tobin will be looked to for her continued solid contributions on both ends of the floor in addition to combining with fellow seniors Simon and Tenaya">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/watson_tenaya00.html">T... Watson to provide strong leadership for the team. Last season Tobin led the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and free throw percentage (.848), was second in scoring (9.7 ppg) and blocks per game (1.2) and third in field goal percentage (.491). A starter in 28 of 32 games, Tobin scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 20 points (8-10 FGs, 4-4 FTs) at Oregon (Feb. 13). In addition, Tobin concluded the 2009-10 campaign by making 37 of her last 40 free throws (.925). Tobin has led the team in rebounding three times thus far this season. Currently in 5th place on ASU's all-time career list with 77 blocks, Tobin needs three more rejections to pass Rachel">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/holt_rachel00.html">Rachel Holt (1997-00) for 4th place.

NEW FACES

The Sun Devils have three new additions to their roster in 2010-11 -- freshman guard Adrianne">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/thomas_adrianne00.html"... Thomas, freshman forward Olivia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/simmons_olivia00.html">... Simmons, and junior college transfer Olivia">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/major_olivia00.html">Ol... Major.

Thomas is currently tied for second on the team in free throw attempts (17).

Major missed the first three games as she recovered from a shoulder injury before making her debut against Providence (Nov. 26). Major figures to provide the Sun Devils with immediate help in their perimeter game as she led the nation last season among the junior college ranks, making 142 3-point field goals for her Central Arizona squad.

Simmons is injured and out indefinitely.

While she is not new to ASU's 2010-11 roster, redshirt junior Markisha">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/patterson_markisha00.ht... Patterson is also making her debut this season. Patterson, who sat out last season as she recovered from a knee injury, is averaging 13.2 minutes in ASU's first five contests and contributing 4.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg.

THIS FEELS FAMILIAR

With Simon injured last season, the responsibilities for running the Sun Devil offense fell largely on the shoulders of junior college transfer Tenaya">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/watson_tenaya00.html">T... Watson. As part of NJCAA national runner-up (2008) and NJCAA champion (2009) teams during her two seasons at Central Arizona, Watson, operating primarily from the shooting guard position, putting together an impressive offensive resume as she averaged 16.6 points as a freshman and 13.8 points as a sophomore.

Fast forward to the beginning of 2009-10 season and Watson was inserted into the point position. Despite being out of her usual position, Watson would go on to display several flashes of brilliance during the season as she tied for first on the team in assists per game (2.5 apg), was second in steals (1.4 spg), third in scoring average (8.0 ppg) and fifth in field goal pct. (.477).

ASU's attempt at a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season was affected by a foot injury Watson suffered which forced her to miss three games during the second half of the Pac-10 season.

With the return of Simon and the addition of promising freshman guard Adrianne">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/thomas_adrianne00.html"... Thomas, Watson figures to be an even stronger contributor this season as she operates from her more familiar position.

"I am excited about Tenaya," says Sun Devil head coach Charli">http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/turnerthorne_charli00.h... Turner Thorne. "Last she had a phenomenal season despite having to play out of position and this year she gets to play her true position. Also with a year of experience now I think she gets what it take to play at our level."

Watson has started all five of ASU's contests this season and is currently averaging 8.2 points per game (2nd on the team), 4.5 rebounds (tied for 3rd on the team and the most among ASU's guards), 1.6 steals (2nd on the team) and 1.4 assists (tied for 3rd on the team). In addition, she is second on the team in free throws made (15) and is first on the team in free throw percentage among players with more than 10 attempts (.882).

ALWAYS FEELING AT HOME

Since 2004 the Sun Devils have won nearly 84 percent (77-15) of the games they have played at Wells Fargo Arena. In the last two-plus seasons ASU is 13-1 at home in non-conference games.