ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne
The Sun Devils, who posted a 18-14 record last season and a 9-9 mark in conference play, are still trying to get back to where they were two seasons ago when they reached the Elite Eight. The non-conference slate is highlighted by games at Tennessee (on Nov. 21). The Lady Vols are expected to be a top five team when the season begins. The schedule also includes a matchup against either Alabama or Florida State at a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the Bahamas and a pre-Pac-10 homestand against DePaul and Marist.
Also on the non-conference schedule is a road game against UC Riverside and road game against South Dakota State.
The Sun Devils open Pac-10 at home against Oregon State on Dec. 30 and play five of the first seven games in conference play in Tempe.
ASU is happy to welcome back veteran point guard Dymond Simon, who redshirted last season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament.
Simon will bring a veteran presence to the floor for a team that lost only two seniors in guard Danielle Orsillo and Kayli Murphy, but spent most of last season breaking in a batch of young players.
Last year, ASU had to settle for a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 and an appearance in the WNIT, where coach Charli Turner Thorne went with a starting lineup of five freshmen. The Sun Devils fell in the second-round to BYU.