Sun Devil WBB (3-1) vs. Idaho State (2-1) Game Preview and Live Stream Information

2023-11-19 05:09:32

THE GAME: Sun Devil WBB (3-1) vs. Idaho State (2-1)
WHEN: Sunday at 6 p.m. MST
WHERE: Desert Financial Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
WATCH: ASU Live Stream-2
RADIO: KDUS AM 1060 (Pregame coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. MST)
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The Sun Devil women’s basketball team plays its fourth home game of the season – its last in the month of November – when it hosts Idaho State on Sunday (6 p.m. MST) at Desert Financial Arena.

The Sun Devils (3-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, 70-67 at Grambling State on Thursday. Jaddan Simmons and Kadidia Toure scored 18 points each to lead ASU. Simmons scored 10 of her 14 second half points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining that tied the score at 67-67. Simmons’ triple capped an 18-7 ASU run that Simmons started with a jumper to get ASU within single-digits, 60-51 with 8:48 remaining. Trailing by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter, the Sun Devils were a defensive stop away from getting a chance to win the game in regulation or overtime. After scoring only seven points the first nine-plus minutes of the final quarter, the Tigers were able to churn out one final field goal – a 3-pointer by DeMya Young with 11 seconds remaining – that turned out to be the game-winner after ASU was unable to send the game to overtime.

After Sunday’s game, ASU will conclude the opening month of play with a trip to the Virgin Islands where it will play three games in three days at the Paradise Jam: vs. No. 11 Texas (Thanksgiving Day), vs. USF (Friday), vs. High Point (Saturday).

WATCH/LISTEN

Sunday’s game can be seen via ASU Live Stream-2. The game can also be heard on KDUS AM 1060 (pregame coverage starts at 5:30 p.m). Veteran broadcaster and the state of Arizona’s 2010 & 2019 Broadcaster of the Year Jeff Munn is in his 20th season as the voice of ASU women’s basketball.

RANKINGS OF NOTE (AS OF NOV. 18)

• As a team, ASU leads the Pac-12 (23rd in the nation) in free throws per game (25.5), is 2nd (34th in the nation) in free throws made per game (17.8) and 4th in the league in turnover margin (+4.3).
• Jaddan Simmons leads or is tied for the Pac-12 lead in free throws made (27/5th in the nation) & attempted (30/7th in the nation), assist-to-turnover ratio (5.0/18th in the nation) and minutes per game (36.5/34th in the nation), is tied for 4th in the league in steals per game (3.0), tied for 7th in free throw percentage (90.0), 8th in 3-point FG pct. (55.6), 13th in assists per game (3.8) and tied for 14th in scoring (16.0 ppg).
• Trayanna Crisp is 6th in the Pac-12 in minutes per game, 10th in steals per game (2.3) and tied for 12th in 3-pointers per game (2.0).
• Kadidia Toure is tied for 10th in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (8.0) & offensive rebounds per game (3.0) & tied for 19th in scoring (14.8 ppg).
• Journey Thompson is 9th in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (3.3).

SERIES NOTES VERSUS IDAHO STATE

ASU has won all four of its previous meetings vs. Idaho State. All four games have taken place in Tempe with the most recent meeting taking place in December of 2019 when the Sun Devils had to go to overtime to beat Idaho State, 74-69.

STATE OF PLAY

• ASU started the season 3-0 after home wins over UTSA (70-55 on Nov. 6), Montana State (75-62 on Nov. 10) and San Francisco (77-69 on Nov. 13).
• In the first half of their three wins, ASU has averaged 45.3 points & hit 49.5 pct of its shots. In the win vs. UTSA, ASU tied last season’s highest point total in a half on its way to a 49-23 halftime lead. Against Montana State, ASU scored 30 points in the first quarter, representing the third time it has scored 30 or more points in a quarter under head coach Natasha Adair. In Thursday’s loss, it scored 32 and shot 38.4 pct.
• ASU is averaging 21.8 ppg off the opposition’s turnovers. It scored a season-high 31 points off turnovers at Grambling State (Nov. 16).
• ASU has allowed 11 or fewer points in a quarter seven times.
• After Montana State cut a 20-point deficit to four with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, ASU answered with a 10-0 run. They allowed the Bobcats to shoot just 17 percent (2-12) in the fourth quarter.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

• In the last three games, Kadidia Toure is averaging 19.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg. She posted her first career double-double with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) to go with 3 steals vs. San Francisco (Nov. 13). She currently leads ASU in FG pct (53.3).
• Jaddan Simmons has scored in double figures in 26 times in 31 games going back to the start of last season. Simmons needs 91 more points to reach 1000 for her career.
• Four players have started every game: Jaddan Simmons, Trayanna Crisp, Maggie Besselink and Toure. Jalyn Brown (13.5 ppg/No. 3 on the team in ppg) has missed each of ASU’s last two games. Starting in her place was in both contests was Journey Thompson. Against Montana State (Nov. 10), Thompson came off the bench to score 13 points and grab 12 rebounds for ASU’s first double-double of the season. She added 12 points in her first start of the season vs. San Francisco.
• Traynna Crisp has scored in double figures in three of ASU’s four games. She has accounted for a season-high 3 steams in each of ASU’s last two games.

WELCOME BACK

Maggie Besselink and Morasha Wiggins have both provided the Sun Devils with significant contributions this season. What distinguishes them from the other returning players? Both missed all of last season due to injury.

Besselink, who had not played in a game since Feb. 6, 2022, was not only in the starting lineup in the season opener, but also played a major role in igniting ASU’s offense after hitting back-to-back triples in the first quarter vs. UTSA. She scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to post her second career double-double at Grambling State on Nov. 16.

Wiggins made her Sun Devil debut in ASU’s win over San Francisco (Nov. 13), scoring 8 points and hitting all 4 of her free throws. She is averaged 23.3 minute per game.

SCHEDULE NOTES

• Games against four teams that qualified for postseason play last season highlight ASU’s 2023 non-conference schedule.
• The Sun Devils will play 17 home games: eight non-conference and nine Pac-12 contests. The Sun Devils, who will open the season on Mon., Nov. 6 at home vs. UTSA, will commence Pac-12 play – at home vs. Arizona on Dec. 17 – while still in the midst of playing their non-conference schedule. ASU’s non-conference slate will conclude on Dec. 30 at home vs. Santa Clara.
• ASU will play 2023 NCAA Tournament participants Texas and South Florida and 2023 WNIT entry High Point at the Paradise Jam.
• The Pac-12 led all conferences with six teams in the AP Preseason Top 25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Utah, No. 15 Stanford, No. 20 Colorado, No. 21 USC and No. 24 Washington State.
• The Sun Devils will appear on Pac-12 Networks at least 20 times during the 2023-24 campaign.

ALL-PAC-12 STANDOUT TYI SKINNER TO MISS 2023-24 SEASON

Although the Sun Devil women’s basketball team’s overall health is a 180-degree difference from last season, the squad was dealt a tremendous blow when Natasha Adair announced Oct. 4, 2023 that senior guard Tyi Skinner will miss the 2023-24 season due to a knee injury.

Skinner, who last season earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors from the league’s coaches and All-Pac-12 recognition from media who cover the league, quickly established herself as one of top scorers in the Pac-12 and one of the most exciting players in the nation to watch in her first season in Tempe.

In 2022-23, Skinner scored 20 or more points 15 times, including a career-high 29 points on two occasions. A starter in all 28 games, Skinner went on to average 19.3 points per game, the most by a Sun Devil since the 1988-89 season. She concluded her first campaign in the Maroon and Gold among the leaders in the Pac-12 in points per game (19.3/2nd/27th in the nation), 3-pointers per game (2.43 per game/2nd), minutes per game (36.59/3rd/29th in the nation), free throws made (79/3rd)  and attempted (91/4th), steals per game (1.71/5th), 3-point FG percentage (34.7/6th) and free throw percentage (78.1/8th).

PLAYER NOTES
#1 • Kadidia Toure • F • 6-3 • So. • Silver Spring, Md.

• Transferred to ASU in 2023 after playing at James Madison as a freshman.
• Has started all 4 games and is averaging 19.0 ppg/9.3 rpg in the last 3 games.
• Posted her first career double-double with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) to go with 3 steals vs. San Francisco (Nov. 13).
• Four-year varsity player for Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.). As a senior in 2022, the league’s player of the year averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks on her way to WCAC Player of the Year honors and first-team All-Met recognition.

#2 • Jaddan Simmons • G • 5-9 • Sr. • Houston, Texas

• Has started all 81 games she’s played in her career.
• Currently leads or is tied for the Pac-12 lead in FTs made (27/5th in the nation) & attempted (30/7th in the nation), assist-to-TO ratio (5.0/18th in the nation) and minutes per game (36.5), is tied for 4th in the league in steals per game (3.0), tied for 7th in FT pct (90.0), 8th in 3-point FG pct. (55.6), 13th in assists per game (3.8) and tied for 14th in scoring (16.0 ppg).
• Has scored in double figures in 26 times in 31 games going back to the start of last season. Currently with 909 points, needs 91 points to reach 1,000 career points
• Was named 2022 Preseason Pac-12 Honorable Mention and at the conclusion of the season was named Pac-12 All-Defensive Team HM.

#3 • Tyi Skinner • G • 5-5 • Sr. • Washington, D.C.

• Was announced on October 4, 2023 that Tyi Skinner will miss the 2023-24 season due to a knee injury.
• Made an immediate impact in her first season as a Sun Devil, earning All Pac-12 recognition from media that cover the league and Pac-12 HM honors from the league’s coaches for a season in which she started all 28 games and averaged the most points per game (19.2) in a season since 1988-89.
• Scored in double figures in 25/28 games, including 15 games w/20 or more points, and finished 2nd in the Pac-12 and 27th in the nation in ppg season.

#4 • Trayanna Crisp • G • 5-8 • So. • Goodyear, Ariz.

• In her first season wearing the Maroon and Gold, Crisp appeared in all 28 games, starting five of them.
• Has started every game this season and is averaging 10.0 ppg.
• Leads the team with eight 3-pointers and is 2nd on the team in assists (3.0 apg) and steals (2.3 spg).

#10 • Navy Radocaj • G/F • 6-2 • Fr. • Richmond, British Columbia

• Talented standout, who earned spots on Canada’s U16 and U17 teams.
• Hit one of ASU’s nine 3-pointers in its season-opening win over UTSA (Nov. 6).
• Member of the 2021 U16 Canadian Team that placed second at FIBA Americas. Radocaj averaged 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the six games she played (all starts).
• Played in 5 games at the 2022 FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup.

#11 • Maggie Besselink • G/F • 6-3 • Sr. •Kingston, Ont

• After missing the 2022-23 season due to injury, made her return to the floor in 2023-24.
• Besselink, who had not played in a game since Feb. 6, 2022, was not only in the starting lineup in the season opener, but also played a major role in igniting ASU’s offense after hitting back-to-back triples in the first quarter vs. UTSA. She scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to post her second career double-double at Grambling State on Nov. 16.

#12 • Treasure Hunt • G • 6-2 • Sr. • Chattanooga, Tenn.

• In her first season as a Sun Devil, played & started in 27 games and averaged 34.1 minutes (third on team), 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. Also made 28 3-pointers and had 22 blocks and 25 steals. Had career-high 24 points vs. Arizona on Jan. 22, 2023, and had career-best 15 rebounds at New Mexico on Nov. 20.
• Has played in every game and is currently averaging 5.3 ppg & 3.0 rpg.
• Posted season highs in points (9) and rebounds (5) in win vs. Montana State (Nov. 10).
• Including two seasons at Kentucky, has started 57 of the 76 games.

#13 • Sandra Magolico • F • 6-2 • Jr. • Maputo, Mozambique

• Transferred to ASU after playing two seasons at New Mexico CC.
• Has played in every game this season.
• In 2019, competed for the Mozambique national team, playing in nine games and averaged 11.0 minutes per game.
• Started 28 of 30 games in 2022-23, leading New Mexico JC to a 26-6 record and a Round of 16 finish in the NJCAA WBB Championship.

#20 • Kiley Sours-Miller • C • 6-3 • Fr. • Surprise, Ariz.

• Playing for Dream City Christian, as a senior was ranked No. 10 in The Arizona Republic’s Elite Girls 50 players in 2022-23.
• Scored more than 1,000 points in her career and led Dream Christian to the 2023 Girls Open Division state title.
• Averaged a double-double after playing first two seasons at Peoria Centennial, junior season at Phoenix Greenway and senior season at Glendale Dream City Christian.

#21 • Hanna Miller • F • 6-2 • So. • Aberdeen, S.D.

• The sister of incoming freshman Sun Devil Mallory Miller, transferred to ASU from Dodge City CC (Dodge City, Kan.) where she played in 23 games (3 starts) and averaged 11.3 minutes per game.
• As a senior in HS, teamed with Mallory to help lead Aberdeen Christian to a 21-5 record and a berth in the Class B girls basketball tournament.

#22 • Journey Thompson • F • 6-3 • So. • McMurray, Pa.

• Played in 13 games (three starts) as a freshman before having season prematurely come to an end due to injury.
• Has played in every game and has started the last two contests.
• Scored five points, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals in ASU’s season-opening win over UTSA (Nov. 6) and followed that with 13 points and 12 rebounds for ASU’s first double-double of the season in win vs. Montana State (Nov. 10).
• Made first start of the season and scored 12 points (3-5 FGs, 6-7 FTs) and grabbed five rebounds in win over San Francisco (Nov. 13).

#23 • Jalyn Brown • G • 6-1 • So. • Baltimore, Md.

• Transferred to ASU in 2023 after playing freshman season at Louisville. Played in seven contests for Louisville squad that went on to conclude its season in the Elite Eight of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
• Had tremendous Sun Devil debut: Scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in ASU’s season-opening win vs. UTSA (Nov. 6). Followed that with an 11-point outing vs, Montana State (Nov. 10).
• Missed games vs. San Francisco (Nov. 13) & at Grambling State (Nov. 16).

#24 • Mallory Miller • F • 6-4 • Fr. • Aberdeen, S.D.

• Has played in three contests and is averaging 9.7 minutes per game.
• The sister of ASU sophomore guard Hanna Miller, Mallory was named a KELOLAND Media Group All-Star Girls Basketball Player of the Year finalist and was nominated Miss Basketball 2023 for the state of South Dakota after posting per-game averages of 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
• Led Wolsey-Wessington to a 22-3 record an appearance in the state semifinals (its first appearance in the state tournament) and the state’s top seed in 2023.
• As a junior, teamed with sister Hanna to help Aberdeen Christian to a 21-5 record and a berth in the Class B girls basketball tournament.

#25 • Addison Novosel • G • 5-11 • Jr. . • Richfield, Ohio

• Transferred to ASU in 2023 after playing first two seasons at Saint Francis University where she appeared in 35 contests (25 starts).
• Played in season-opening win vs. UTSA (Nov. 6).
• After appearing in seven games off the bench as a freshman, started 25 of 28 games in 2022-23.
• As a sophomore, led Saint Francis with 29 triples and posted career highs in points (12) and 3-pointers (4) vs. Central Connecticut State (Jan. 28). Also pulled down a career-high six rebounds twice and snared a career-high three steals vs. Coppin State (Nov. 7).

#30 • Morasha Wiggins • G • 6-0 • Jr. • Kalamazoo, Mich.

• Transferred to ASU after playing her freshman season (2021-22) at North Carolina.
• Missed the 2022-23 season after incurring injury in weeks leading up to start of the season.
• Played 23 minutes and scored 8 points and hit all four FTs in her Sun Devil debut vs. San Francisco (Nov. 13).
• Ranked 18th in the ESPNW Class of 2021 rankings, Wiggins was expected to be an impact player for the Sun Devils before suffering a preseason injury that forced her to miss the entire 2022-23 campaign.

#44 • Isadora Sousa • G • 6-0 • Grad. • Sao Paulo, Brazil

• Has played in 30 games with seven starts in her two seasons with the Sun Devils.
• Has yet to play due to injury.
• Has worked hard to come back from injury each of last two seasons and has proved to be an effective performer when on the floor.
• In 2022-23, scored a career high-tying points in consecutive games (at Stanford/Dec. 31 and at Cal/Jan 2) and had the second highest field goal percentage on the team, shooting 44.8%.

RECAPPING THE 2022-23 SEASON

Despite a spate of unlucky injuries to key personnel, the Sun Devils had several noteworthy accomplishments during Adair’s inaugural season in Tempe. The accomplishments included…
• Starting 5-0 for the first time since 2002-03.
• Finishing the season No. 2 in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (12.3). Only ASU’s 2017-18 squad averaged fewer turnovers per game (11.7) in a season.
• Even with all its injuries, ASU nearly pulled off three Top 25 upsets in the season’s final five games: vs. No. 21 Colorado (62-70), vs. No. 4 Utah (69-74) and vs. No. 19 UCLA (70-81-OT) in the first round of the Pac-12
Tournament. After trailing the Bruins by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, the Sun Devils staged a furious rally to take a two-point lead in regulation before falling in overtime. The win would have been ASU’s biggest comeback in school history.
• In their 75-73 win at Oregon State, the Sun Devils overcame their second-largest deficit in school history (17 points). The victory was also No. 175 of Adair’s career.
• Individually, Sun Devil guards Jaddan Simmons (Pac-12 All-Defense honorable mention) and Tyi Skinner (All-Pac-12 honorable mention) comprised one of the most talented backcourts in the country. Both players earned Pac-12 honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Skinner, who finished second in the Pac-12 and 27th in the nation in scoring (19.2 ppg), was also named to the media’s 15-member All-Pac-12 team.
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