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Facilities

Weatherup Center

Thanks to a lead gift of $5 million from Craig and Connie Weatherup to ASU Athletics, the Weatherup Center is home to Sun Devil Basketball. It is a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with practice areas, locker rooms, offices and team meeting areas.

The Weatherup Center is where both the men's and women's teams train, practice and study. Features of the center include two full-size basketball courts, offices for the coaches, locker rooms and a team video room.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the facility was held April 21, 2008 and construction was completed May 1, 2009.

Wells Fargo Arena

Wells Fargo Arena, the home for Sun Devil women's basketball is one of the nation's finest collegiate arenas. Constructed in the spring of 1974 at the cost of $8 million, the 10,734-seat facility also plays host to graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts and shows.

The structure is 400 feet long, 340 feet wide and six stories high. The structure contains offices and locker rooms for ASU basketball, along with space for weight training, a training room and an equipment room.

A recent addition to Wells Fargo Arena was a multimillion-dollar center-court hung video scoreboard. The scoreboard offers the best in modern technology and gives ASU one of the best scoreboards in college athletics. The video scoreboard comes complete with four - eight foot by 12 foot visual display screens. In additions to the scoreboard, two White Way matrix scoreboards with up to the minute game statistics were installed on the east and west side arena walls.

Wells Fargo Arena is a major reason why Arizona State's athletic physical plant is considered to be the best in collegiate athletics today.

Sun Devil Sports Performance

Sun Devil Sports Performance, a 5,000 square-foot training facility, utilizes a variety of unique amenities designed to help Sun Devil women’s basketball players maximize their athletic potential.

Located south of the Weatherup Center, SDSP opened in August 2011 and includes a weight room, 60-yard three-lane track, pool, agility area and rubberized half-court basketball area.

The eight weightlifting combo racks are distinctive in their design and limitless in their capabilities, and are equipped with bars for both Olympic lifts and strength lifts, pulling racks, chin/dip attachments, bands, chains, step up platform and single leg squat pads, among other things. There is also a full line of life fitness machines, a wide variety of free weights and 20 pieces of cardio equipment.

SDSP also includes academic resources and a training room, giving members of the team optimal convenience to manage their academic and athletic commitments.

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Winning Tradition

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Success On and Off the Court

Without question, one of the trademarks of the Sun Devil women’s basketball program has been its ability to come through with brilliant achievements both on and off the court.

The Sun Devils have qualified for the postseason 13 times in the last 14 seasons. Included in that stretch is a school record five-consecutive NCAA Tournament bids (2005-09) and the only two Elite Eight appearances in school history (2007 and 2009). Prior to the 2012-13 season, ASU was one of only 15 schools in the country to have qualified for the Elite Eight at least two times since 2007.

The Sun Devils won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament in 2002, making ASU one of only three schools in the history of what is now the Pac-12 Conference to have won the tournament. The Sun Devils also made it to the championship game of the tournament on two other occasions (2005 and 2007). In 2001 ASU tied for a share of the league title making it one of only two schools in the conference to have won both a regular season title and the conference tournament.

Sun Devil women’s basketball has been equally exceptional in the classroom. Since the 1996-97 season, Charli Turner Thorne’s first year as ASU’s head coach, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in the number of first-team All-Academic awards (14) and the combined number of first- and second-team awards (31). Additionally, in 2009, Sybil Dosty was named the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Gameday Experience

The Sun Devil women’s basketball program offers its fans one of the most exciting game-day experiences in the country!

In addition to getting the opportunity to watch the Sun Devil women’s basketball team, one of the country’s most successful programs over the last 15 years, fans attending Wells Fargo Arena are treated to an engaging and entertaining atmosphere at every game.

Whether its competing on the floor in halftime contests or being showcased on the arena’s video board at timeouts, Sun Devil fans are provided with a unique, interactive experience that allows them to be a part of the game.

Music provided by the Sun Devil Basketball Band combine with the talents of ASU’s nationally recognized spirit group, the Sun Devil Spirit Squad, and ASU’s world-famous mascot, Sparky, to provide fans with the one-of-a-kind environment that can only be found in college athletics.

Before selected home games fans of all ages have the opportunity to get involved. Sun Devil assistant coaches host ‘chalk talks,’ giving fans an opportunity to learn more about strategy while the Sun Devil Spirit Squad hosts annual clinics in which youngsters get to learn a dance routine before the game and then perform with the squad at halftime.

Did you know that ASU’s game-day experience helps give back to the community? During the holidays the Sun Devil women’s basketball program has promotions that encourage fans to donate food and toys. In addition, every February the Sun Devils host a ‘Pink Out’ game as a part of the ‘Play4Kay’ initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. A silent auction is held at the annual ‘Pink Out,’ the proceeds of which benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Still looking for more? Although the game ends at the sound of the final horn the fun does not! In 2012, Sun Devil Athletics restored the tradition of the Victory Bell. Following each home win, fans are encouraged to join in the celebration as the Sun Devils ring the bell to commemorate each win of the season. Also, fans are always invited to stay and interact with members the team during a post-game autograph session, which takes place following every home game.

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Sun Devils Serve

Giving back to the community has been one of the hallmarks of the Sun Devil women’s basketball program during Charli Turner Thorne’s tenure as head coach.

In September of 2007, the program was recognized as one of the recipients of the Pat Tillman Leadership Award for all of the work it does in the community. Three months later, in December, former Sun Devil Danielle Orsillo was featured in Sports Illustrated for her work with mentally disabled adults.

One of the team’s biggest community initiatives is ‘The Character Code Game,’ a role-playing game that teaches students how to demonstrate great character in sports and in life. Every fall Sun Devil players visit students, ages 8 to 12, in schools around the Phoenix area and introduce them to the game, which was created by the team’s life coach Carlette Patterson. The game challenges students to understand what it means to have character, and how character is demonstrated at home, school and with friends.

Another initiative the Sun Devil women’s basketball initiated started was the annual the now-annual Sparky’s Kids to College Field Trip Game, which made its debut during the 2006-07 season. The concept behind the event is introducing grade-school children to a college campus. The game is held at 11 a.m. on a school day and fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are bussed in from local elementary schools. ASU has had more than, 4,000 in attendance for the game on six occasions, including crowds of 5,816 in 2011, 6,118 in 2007 and a high of 7,322 in 2009.

The annual Race for the Cure in Phoenix and Pat’s Run in Tempe are two events where the team gives its time every year. In addition, the Sun Devils also participate in youth clinics during the year, teaching younger kids the basic fundamentals of basketball.

In August of 2012 the team took its community outreach efforts overseas when it traveled to New Zealand as part of a foreign tour. During the trip, which was equal parts basketball, team bonding and community outreach, the team participated in several youth clinics. At the conclusion of each clinic, the team would spend time talking to children in addition to participating in autograph sessions.

Last year Sun Devil women’s basketball kicked off its season with a special campaign aimed at raising awareness about the 40th anniversary of Title IX and the significance the legislation had in the U.S. In the weeks leading up to its season opener against Texas Tech, ASU women's basketball recognized the efforts of 40 individuals whose stories reflected the importance Title IX had and continues to have today. Those individuals were also honored at halftime of the Texas Tech game.

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Coaching Staff

Charli Turner Thorne – Head Coach

Record at ASU: 302-197 (16 seasons)
Career Record: 342-237 (19 seasons)

Meg Sanders – Associate Head Coach

Amanda Levens – Associate Head Coach

Jackie Moore – Assistant Coach