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ASU women advance in NCAA tourney


March 24, 2007

ASU fans are invited to Wells Fargo Arena on Monday, March 26, to watch a telecast of the Sun Devil women's basketball team take on Rutgers in the Greensboro Regional Final. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to begin a little after 4 p.m.

The event is being hosted by ASU and was announced Sun Devil Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love.

The Sun Devils, the No. 3 seed in the Greensboro Regional, defeated No. 7 seed Bowling Green 67-49 in one of two regional semifinals on Saturday to advance to the first Elite Eight in school history. In the other regional semifinal the No. 4 seed Scarlet Knights defeated No. 1 seed Duke 53-52.

The winner of Monday's Greensboro Regional Final between ASU and Rutgers will advance to next week's NCAA Women's Final Four in Cleveland.

For those who are unable to attend, Monday's game can be viewed on ESPN and can be heard live on KMVP 860 AM with pre-game coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Valley.

Against Bowling Green, ASU got 16 points from Danielle Orsillo, who started the game at the last minute. Orsillo stepped in for Briann January, the team's second-leading scorer, who missed the game because of a concussion suffered in ASU’s second-round game. ASU senior Emily Westerberg added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils led through much of the game, turning in their strongest performance of the tournament so far. In the previous two games, ASU had to overcome deficits of 14 points. During Saturday’s performance, Bowling Green got no closer than nine points in the second half.