Three women's basketball players recognized by Pac-10
Three Arizona State women's basketball players were recognized by the Pac-10 on Wednesday as the conference announced its annual awards for the 2009-10 season as voted on by the league's head coaches.
One day after being named to the media's 15-member All-Pac-10 Team, senior guard Danielle Orsillo earned the same honor from the coaches as well. Also earning recognition were junior forward Becca Tobin, who was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention and senior forward Kayli Murphy, who earned honorable mention notice on the Pac-10's All-Defensive Team.
A starter in ASU's last 64 games, Orsillo has scored in double figures 36 times in her last 43 contests going back to last season. Currently 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, Orsillo leads the Sun Devils in scoring, 3-point field goals (25) and steals per game (1.8) and is second in assists per game (2.4) and free throw percentage (.828). Currently in sixth place on ASU's all-time scoring list with 1,351 points, Orsillo has scored 20 or more points four times this season, including a career-high 29 points at Oregon on Feb. 13.
Tobin has started 27 of 29 games for the Sun Devils in 2009-10 and concluded the regular season fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks per game (1.3), fifth in field goal percentage (.505) and 12th in rebounds per game (6.3). The team leader in free throw percentage (.839), Tobin has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 13 times this season and has scored in double figures 14 times, including a career-high 20 points at Oregon on Feb. 13.
The leader among ASU's post players with 33 steals, Murphy has played a big part in the Sun Devils' success on both sides of the floor this season. A starter in all 29 games, Murphy finished the regular season second on the team in rebounds per game (5.9), field goal percentage (.510) and minutes per game (27.2 mpg) and fourth in points per game (7.4). Defensively, Murphy's contributions helped the Sun Devils finish third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (59.7 ppg).
After finishing the regular season in fifth place in the league standings, the Sun Devils (17-12, 9-9 Pac-10) open up play in the 2010 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday (11 a.m. PT/noon MT) when they face California in a quarterfinal game at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Friday's game can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060 and can be viewed live and at no cost on FOX Sports Arizona's website www.foxsportsarizona.com.