On the cusp of breaking into the Top 25 this week, the Arizona State women’s basketball team (8-1) tips off at Cal State Fullerton (1-7) at 6 p.m. tonight.
With 33 votes in the most recent Associated Press Poll, the Sun Devils would be No. 27, just behind Florida State in the also receiving votes category. However, ASU isn’t getting as much respect in the coaches poll, with only five votes.
Freshman forward Sophie Brunner averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds in being named MVP of the ASU Classic last weekend in wins over Sacred Heart (81-49) and Long Beach State (74-67 OT). Senior guard Deja Mann leads the team with 13.7 points per game, followed with senior Adrianne Thomas at 10.4.
Led by junior guard Chante Miles and her 14.3 points per game, the Titans’ lone win came at Columbia, 80-54, and share a common opponent with the Sun Devils in San Diego – the only team to conquer ASU so far (61-53, compared to 65-42 over CSF). Other losses for the Titans have come to the likes of Alabama, Fresno State and Toledo.
Most recently, CSF lost at No. 17 Iowa State, 79-52, but trailed by only two at halftime. Assistant coach Steve Fennelly is the son of the Cyclones’ successful Bill Fennelly. Also, CSF head coach Daron Park added Tammi Reiss to the staff this season, the former WNBA player who teamed with Dawn Staley to take Virginia to three Final Fours in the early 1990s.
Connecticut (10-0), Duke (10-0), Tennessee (8-0), Notre Dame (8-0), and Kentucky (9-0) hold the top five spots in the AP Poll, with Stanford (7-1) tied with the Irish for No. 4 in the coaches. And it just so happens, the Huskies and Blue Devils will take their perfect records to Cameron Indoor Stadium at 5 p.m. MT Tuesday on ESPN2.
The Sun Devils will return home to play the Miami Hurricanes at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.