From Arkansas State University
ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI ISLANDERS TIP-OFF
vs. TAMUCC - Friday, November 12, 2010 7:30 p.m.
vs. Iowa or Southern - Saturday, November 13, 2010 5:00 p.m.
American Bank Center (8,400) Corpus Christi, Texas
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
TIPPING IT OFF: The Red Wolves open the 37th season of ASU women's basketball this weekend when Arkansas State travels to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Tip-Off. Arkansas State will open the tournament Nov. 12 against host TAMUCC, then face Iowa or Southern Nov. 13. Friday's season-opener against TAMUCC is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., while the Saturday game against Iowa or Southern will tip off at 5:00 p.m. The ASU-TAMUCC matchup is the first of 29 regular-season games on the 2010-11 schedule, 14 of which are at the ASU Convocation Center.
THE OPPONENTS: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that finished 24-11. Senior guard Jade Davis led the Islanders a year ago, averaging 15.0 points per game. Senior forward Adrienne Scott also returns and was second on the team in scoring a year ago with a 10.2 points -per-game average.
The Iowa Hawkeyes return all five starters from last year's team that finished 20-14 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes are ranked at No. 22 in the preseason AP poll and begin the season ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Senior guard Kachine Alexander led Iowa a year ago, scoring 16.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Jaime Printy added 14.7 points per game.
The Southern Jaguars return all five starters from a year ago as well. Southern finished the season 23-9, winning the SWAC regular season title as well as the SWAC Tournament. The Jags were defeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by eventual champion UConn.
A-STATE AGAINST THE FIELD: Arkansas State holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series against TAMUCC, including a 1-0 edge in games played in Corpus Christi. The two teams last met during the 2004-05 seaon, with ASU posting an 87-73 win in Corpus Christi. Iowa holds a 1-0 advantage in the series with ASU, winning 66-52 in the only meeting between the two teams, a third-round matchup at Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the 2005 WNIT Tournament. Arkansas State leads the series with Southern 3-0, with ASU notching a 67-53 victory over the Jags in the 1994-95 season, the last meeting between the two teams.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is entering his 12th season as the Red Wolves' head coach. He holds a record of 181-153 and has directed A-State to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Jennifer Sullivan and Leslie Larsen. Robert Robinson is entering his sixth season at TAMUCC and holds a career record of 62-22. In 10 seasons at Iowa, Lisa Bluder holds a record of 189-123 and is 545-265 over her 26-year career. Entering her 12th season at Southern, Sandy Pugh is 187-134 as head coach of the Jaguars and stands at 262-145 overall through 14 years as a head coach.
ASU IN SEASON OPENERS: The Red Wolves are 20-16 all-time in season-opening games, with a record of 7-14 when opening the season on the road. Under head coach Brian Boyer, Arkansas State is 6-5 in season openers, including a 3-5 record when opening on the road.
BOYER CLIMBING: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer has climbed to second place on the ASU women's career win chart with a record of 181-153 and needs just 16 victories to take over first place as the all-time winningest basketball coach in A-State history among women's and men's coaches. Former women's head coach Jerry Ann Winters leads all coaches with 196 victories, followed by former men's coach John Rauth with 191. Former men's coaches Dickey Nutt and Nelson Catalina rank third and fourth with 189 and 188 wins, respectively, followed by Boyer. Boyer also enters the season ranked fifth all-time in Sun Belt Conference victories with 96.
THE RED WOLVES RECENTLY: Arkansas State posted a 2-0 record in the exhibition season, defeating Lyon College 72-58 Nov. 1 and Arkansas Monticello 72-64 Nov. 9. Junior guard NeNe Hurst led ASU with 28 points in the victory over Lyon College, while senior forward Shay Scott hit 10-of-13 shots from the floor to pace the Red Wolves with 23 points against UAM.
NEXT UP : The Red Wolves return to the ASU Convocation Center for three consecutive games, beginning the run with a Nov. 15 matchup against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Red Wolves will host Saint Louis Nov. 19, before wrapping up the home-stand with a Nov. 22 clash with Big East power St. John's. All three games are scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m.
RECORDS WATCH: Heading into the 2010-11 season, senior forward Shay Scott is ranked 22nd on the all-time ASU scoring chart with 963 points. She is also eighth all-time in rebounding at A-State with 667 boards and fifth in blocked shots with 76 shots swatted away during her career. Senior point guard Jazmine Taylor has dished out 197 assists in her career to rank 14th all-time at ASU, is ranked 13th in steals with 132 and 10th in blocked shots with 49. Junior guard NeNe Hurst has handed out 152 assists during her career to rank 23rd and is ranked 21st on the steals chart with 105.
SBC HONORS: Arkansas State senior Shay Scott (North Little Rock, Ark.) was named preseason second-team All-Sun Belt Conference, and the Red Wolves were picked third in the Sun Belt West Division preseason poll as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches, the conference office announced Oct. 19.
The All-Conference team and poll were released in conjunction with the league's annual Sun Belt Conference Media Days, which got underway Tuesday using web-based video conferencing to give media members across the nation access to the league's head coaches.
"Shay has had a tremendous career already," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "She is already moving up the all-time list for both scoring and rebounding here at Arkansas State. She has flirted with being a post-season all-conference player the past three years and now it appears that she is ready to become that player. She has had the best pre-season of her career and I am confident that this will continue throughout the season."
An All-SBC Tournament selection in her freshman season, Scott scored in double figures in 22 games and pulled down double-digit rebounds in eight others to average 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last year. She notched seven double-doubles on the season to bring her career total to 18 and led ASU with a field goal percentage of .478. She blocked 30 shots on the season, which ranks at No. 8 in ASU history and averaged 3.7 offensive rebounds per game to lead ASU and rank 5th in the SBC. She will enter her senior season at No. 8 on the ASU career rebounding chart with 667, 22nd on the scoring chart with 963 points and at No. 5 on the career blocked shots chart with 76.
Arkansas-Little Rock's Chastity Reed was named the league's preseason Player of the Year, while Western Kentucky and UALR were picked as the favorites to win the league's East and West Divisions, respectively.
"I don't see any surprises with the preseason poll," said Boyer. "With what UALR and Western Kentucky have coming back, they were easy choices as favorites to win their divisions. I think most coaches were probably not sure which direction to go with us. We graduated two players that had very good senior seasons in Ebonie Jefferson and Lyndsay Schlup, but I think they recognize that we also have a strong group of returning players."
Arkansas State's season will get underway Nov. 12 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Tipoff, and the home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff is scheduled for Nov. 15. Two exhibition games are also on the schedule 2010-11. The Red Wolves will host Lyon College Nov. 1 and Arkansas Monticello Nov. 9 in preparation for the upcoming season.
The Red Wolves return four starters and nine letterwinners for the upcoming season, including two of the three top scorers from the 2009-10 season.
THE RED WOLVES AT HOME: Over the last seven years, the ASU women's basketball program boasts a winning percentage of .777 at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves are 216-68 (.761) all-time at the Convocation Center and 105-45 (.700) under head coach Brian Boyer.
RED WOLVES INK THREE: Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Nov. 10 that post players Jasmine Hunt (Houston, Texas), Laura Reel (Wagoner, Okla.) and Kieanna Wharton (Indianapolis, Ind.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Red Wolves.
Hunt, 6'2", is currently averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per game during her senior season at St. Pius X High School, while shooting just over 57 percent from the floor.
"Jasmine is a post that is listed 6'2, but she plays much bigger than that," said Boyer. "She plays big and long in the post, which will be a great help for us defensively, and she fits our system because of her versatility. She handles the ball and shoots it well from the perimeter and has the potential to be an impact post player in the Sun Belt Conference."
Hunt is the daughter of Julie Hunt and is coached by Fernando Villasana at St. Pius X. She is also a member of the AAU HBA-Texas Blazers and is coached by Herbert LeDee.
As a junior at Wagoner High School, Reel averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the field.
"Laura can be one of the most physical post players that we have had during my time here at ASU," said Boyer. "She can be a physical presence in the paint both on offense and defense and has very good speed to compliment her strength as well. "
Reel, 6'2", is the daughter of Ricky and Hazel Reel and plays AAU basketball for the Oklahoma Mustangs under head coach Ruben Diaz. She is coached at Wagoner by Shartese McHenry.
Wharton, 6'1", averaged seven points and five rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the floor last year at Pike High School.
"Kienna will bring good size to the forward position for us," said Boyer. "She is a face-up forward with a very good shooting touch from the perimeter. Because of her size, I think she will cause some matchup problems with her ability to step to the perimeter and shoot, in addition to taking advantage of post-up opportunities."
Wharton is the daughter of Gloria Wharton, plays for Robert Anglea at Pike and plays AAU basketball for the Indy Gym Rats under head coach James Banks.
"My staff did an outstanding job with this recruiting class," added Boyer. "Going into the summer, we had committed to signing three front-line players, and this came during a year where there were very few post prospects in our normal recruiting areas. Our staff had to stretch our recruiting base into different areas of the country, and I could not be happier with this signing class. Jasmine, Laura and Kieanna are each individually talented but more importantly they complement one another very well. Combine these three with the guards that we have sitting out this season and it makes for a strong freshmen class next season."
SEASON OUTLOOK: As the 2010-11 season approaches, the pieces appear to be in place to return the Arkansas State women's basketball team to the winning ways that have become the standard during Brian Boyer's tenure as head coach. Injuries and inexperience played a key role in the Red Wolves sub-.500 record a year ago, but this year's team is healthy and built around a nucleus of veterans who are battle-tested in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Red Wolves return three players who started more than 20 games a year ago, and the starting lineup will be further strengthened by the return of veteran point guard Jazmine Taylor. Taylor will join senior forward Shay Scott, junior guard NeNe Hurst and sophomore guard Quinishia McDowell as returning starters for the upcoming season.
"We are looking forward to the upcoming season, and one of the main reasons is because of the returners we have coming back that were challenged and got a lot of playing time last year," said Boyer. "We had several freshmen who had to play valuable minutes last year, and that will only help this team as we go through this season.
"As a whole, I think we have the ability to score better than we have in the past few years," added Boyer. "Across the board, we shoot it better and our passing is better, so I think we are going to do a better job of scoring than we have in the past."
Taylor (Memphis, Tenn.) redshirted last season, but started in 61 of 62 games in the previous two seasons and returns for her senior year with 197 assists under her belt, ranking No. 14 all-time at ASU. Taylor also has 132 steals to her credit to rank 13th, and despite playing point guard, has blocked 49 shots in her career to rank ninth in the A-State record books.
"Following the 2008-09 season, Jaz was voted as our team defensive MVP," said Boyer. "And to go along with that, she is a true point guard and a true leader on the floor. We struggled at times last year with turning the ball over too often, so we certainly expect her to help us with that this season."
Taylor is joined by Scott (North Little Rock, Ark.), who has etched her name in the ASU record books and has the potential to be one of the premiere post players in the Sun Belt Conference this year. Scott was second in scoring and rebounding for the Red Wolves a year ago, averaging 12.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. She scored in double figures in 22 games a year ago and pulled double-digit rebounds in eight others, posting seven double-doubles along the way to bring her career total to 18. Scott will enter her senior season at No. 8 on the ASU career rebounding chart with 667, 22nd on the scoring chart with 963 career points and at No. 5 on the career blocked shots chart with 76.
"I am really pleased with Shay heading into the season," Boyer said. "I think her conditioning is at a higher level than at any time since she has been at Arkansas State. She is really locked in and has worked hard on her conditioning, knowing that this is her senior year. We are going to depend on her an awful lot this year. She is going to have to be a big scorer for us as well as a big rebounder."
Hurst (St. Louis, Mo.) started in 29 games a year ago, and after being hampered by injuries in her first two seasons, appears ready to raise the level of her game this season. Hurst averaged 11.5 points per game and scored a career-high 20 points on the road at FIU and again in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament against UALR. She led the Red Wolves with 90 assists on the season and shot a team-high .795 from the free throw line. Hurst will enter her junior season at No. 20 on the ASU career steals chart with 105 and at No. 22 on the ASU career assists chart with 152.
"We all certainly hope that this is a healthy year for NeNe, because if it is, we are all going to see the real NeNe Hurst come out. She has been plagued with injuries throughout her career, but she has the potential to be an all-conference player and we hope that she has the type of year that will allow her to do that."
McDowell (Monroe, La.) played in 29 games and started 19 as a freshman a year ago, averaging 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. She proved to be tough when the game was on the line, hitting the winning shot in the final seconds of ASU's 77-76 win on the road at North Texas in mid-January.
"'Q' is the energy of this team," said Boyer. "When she is on the floor, the speed and energy level of our team increases, and she is a scorer. I think she compliments Jaz well in that she can play either the point or off guard and at either of those positions, she gives us a scoring threat."
Senior guard/forward Breaunna Ellison is expected to provide versatility and depth. Ellison (The Colony, Texas) played in 29 games a year ago after transferring to ASU from Lon Morris College and averaged just over a point and a rebound per outing.
"Coming into this year, we had a hole to fill with the loss of Ebonie Jefferson and what she gave us defensively, her athleticism, her ability to get to the basket and her toughness and rebounding. That is the role that Bri will fill for us this year, so I am excited about her drive and desire and we look for her to replace some of what we lost with Ebonie."
Junior guard Meghan Lewis started 10 games a year ago and is a constant threat from beyond the three-point arc. Lewis averaged 6.3 points and 23.2 minutes a year ago and scored a career-high 18 points on the road at Western Kentucky. The St. Louis, Mo. native knocked down five three-pointers against the Hilltoppers, averaged just over a steal a game and blocked 13 shots on the season.
"We saw the strides that Meghan made from her freshman season to her sophomore season, and she is such a dangerous threat from behind the three-point line." Boyer continued. "I think we will see a different level of maturity from her this year on the court, and she always has that potential to have a breakout game."
Sophomore guard Andi Watson (Jonesboro, Ark.) played in 23 games as a true freshman, with sophomore LaWanda Clayborn (Memphis, Tenn.) seeing time in 20 a year ago. Both are expected to see increased playing time in the upcoming season, as will sophomore guard/forward Jasmine Taylor. Taylor (Memphis, Tenn.) played in 20 games last year and saw her playing time increase in the latter stages of the season, logging 18 minutes per game in back-to-back February outings on the road at UALR and New Orleans.
"These three players are a group that may make or break our season," said Boyer. "Each of them have great potential. They all got valuable experience last year, and I would consider them all as the most improved players on this team. "
"Andi Watson has really improved and we expect her to be a difference-maker for us defensively," said Boyer. "She is shooting the ball much better than I ever imagined she would. LaWanda brings immediate scoring to the team. She has a knack for scoring. If the rest of her game, the defense and toughness develops, she has a chance to really help this team. Jasmine can really be a benefit to our team because of her shooting ability and her overall understanding of the game of basketball. "
Sophomore guard Lunden Roberts, who prepped at Batesville Southside, will sit out the season after transferring to ASU from Western Illinois.
Five true freshmen join the Red Wolves for the 2010-11 slate, with forward Jane Morrill (Scott City, Mo.) expected to challenge early for a spot in the starting lineup. Morrill averaged 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game during her four years at Notre Dame High School and was named All-District, All-Conference and All-State following her junior and senior seasons.
"We need Jane to step in and help us immediately," Boyer said. "She has a lot of tools in that she can really shoot the ball, she is a good decision maker and she has the size to be a really good defender. In our system, she fits what we need at forward because of her ability to pass the ball as well as score."
Forward Lexy Harris (Houston, Texas) averaged a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and five blocked shots per game during her career at Dekaney High School, and was named District MVP following her senior season. Guard/forward Mekena Randle (Madison, Al.) also put up double-double numbers each night during her senior season at Bob Jones High School. Randle averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals and played in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game after earning All-Metro honors.
"I've been very impressed with Lexy during the preseason," said Boyer. "She is a very athletic front line player who will be very valuable for us as a compliment to Shay Scott. We will need her to be a spark for us at times, and athletically she is very capable of coming in and being a very good rebounder and defender."
"Mekena, even as a freshman, is probably the best athlete on our team," added Boyer. "What she is capable of doing right away is being able to beat people off the dribble. As the year goes along, we look for her to improve her perimeter shooting, and when she does, she is going to be very effective for us offensively."
Freshman guards Hanna Qedan and Olivia Maddox will both redshirt this year after undergoing surgery in the preseason. Qedan (Farmington, Ark.) averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds during her senior season at Farmington, while Maddox averaged almost seven points and eight rebounds while earning All-District and All-State Tournament accolades during her senior season at Millington (Tenn.) High School.
As Boyer begins his 12th season at the helm of the ASU women's basketball program, he has the opportunity to surpass all other ASU basketball coaches, both women's and men's, in career victories. With 181 wins under his belt, Boyer needs just 16 victories to take over first place as the winningest basketball coach in A-State history. Currently ranked fifth all-time in the Sun Belt Conference for career wins, Boyer also has the opportunity to post his 100th SBC victory as he enters the season with 96 league wins to his credit.
To reach those goals, Boyer and the Red Wolves will face a schedule that is challenging both in and out of Sun Belt Conference play. Fourteen home games, including matchups with six teams that advanced to post-season play following the 2009-10 season, highlight the schedule.
The Red Wolves open the regular season Nov. 12-13 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Tip-Off Tournament. Arkansas State will take on host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opening round before facing Iowa or Southern in round two. Following the Islanders Tip-Off, A-State will return to the ASU Convocation Center Nov. 15 for the home opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the first of three consecutive home games for the Red Wolves. The Red Wolves will host Saint Louis Nov. 19, then welcome Big East power and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant St. John's to the Convocation Center for a Nov. 22 clash.
Arkansas State will return to Texas for three games Nov. 24-27, visiting Texas-Arlington Nov. 24 before playing in the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament Nov. 26-27.
ASU will face SMU in the opening round before taking on Akron or Georgia Southern in the second-round matchup.
"I am very pleased with this year's schedule," said Boyer. "We will be a part of two tournaments that are set up to be very challenging, with every possible opponent in both tournaments winning at least 18 games last year. Our non-conference home schedule should be challenging and very entertaining for our fans. St. Johns is a potential top-25 team and both Charlotte and Stephen F. Austin will most likely be post-season teams. Each of our non-conference road opponents should really test us as we prepare for the Sun Belt Conference."
The Red Wolves will host Henderson St. Nov. 30 before road trips to Missouri State (Dec. 5) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 15). Four consecutive home games follow the Louisiana Tech matchup, including the final two non-conference games of the season. Charlotte and Stephen F. Austin, both of which advanced to the WNIT following last season, will visit Jonesboro Nov. 19 and 21, and the Red Wolves will open Sun Belt Conference play by hosting South Alabama Dec. 30 in an double-header with the ASU men's basketball team. Western Kentucky, also a 2010 WNIT participant, will wrap up the four-game home stand Jan. 2.
Middle Tennessee and Arkansas-Little Rock, both 2010 NCAA Tournament participants, will also visit the ASU Convocation Center, along with SBC foes Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Denver and North Texas.
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 5-8 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
HEAD COACH BRIAN BOYER: Through 11 seasons as head coach at Arkansas State University, Brian Boyer's name has become synonymous with success and the women's basketball program. Entering his 12th season as head coach at ASU, Boyer has climbed to second place on the ASU career win chart with a record of 181-153 and needs just 16 victories to take over first place as the all-time winningest basketball coach in A-State history. Under Boyer's guidance, Arkansas State has reached the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past seven seasons. He led the Red Wolves to the 2003-04 Sun Belt East Division Championship, the program has produced 18 All-Sun Belt Conference players with Boyer at the helm, and Boyer was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year following the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. His 96 career Sun Belt Conference victories rank him fifth all-time in career conference wins.
The 2009-10 Red Wolves finished the year at 13-18 under Boyer, with a 7-11 mark in Sun Belt Conference action. Although Arkansas State did finish under .500 on the year and below the lofty standards that Boyer has maintained during his tenure, the Red Wolves did advance to the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament before falling late to the eventual tournament champions. The Red Wolves posted an 80-79 overtime victory on the road against Big XII power Kansas State, and that overtime win, coupled with three other extra-period victories during the season, boosted Boyer's overtime record to an impressive 11-1 in the regular season.
Boyer directed the Red Wolves to yet another winning season as he wrapped up his first decade as the program's head coach in 2008-09. The Red Wolves finished the season at 16-14, posting victories over post-season participants Creighton and Arkansas-Little Rock along the way.
Although the 2007-08 season was expected by many to be a rebuilding year, Boyer put forth what was arguably one of his finest coaching performances, molding a group of unheralded players into a team that produced yet another 20-win season at Arkansas State. Faced with the task of replacing three 1,000-point scorers, including the program's all time leading shot blocker and rebounder, along with the all-time assists leader, Boyer directed Arkansas State to a 20-12 record. ASU won a record 13 conference games during the 2007-08 season, and reached the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the 13th time in 16 tries. The Red Wolves finished the season with the distinction of being the only Division I program in the country with a winning record that did not have a single player who averaged double figure scoring.
Arkansas State posted victories over Brigham Young and Alabama early in the season, earning the win over the Crimson Tide on the road in Tuscaloosa. The Red Wolves finished 2007 with a 6-7 record, but went on a tear in the New Year, closing out the season with a 14-5 finish and a run to the semifinals of the SBC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
Like always, the 2007-08 team was especially tough at home, posting a 13-2 record at the ASU Convocation Center that included a 9-0 record against Sun Belt Conference opponents.
In the 2006-07 season the Red Wolves finished 21-13, advanced to the second round of the WNIT before falling to eventual tournament runner-up Wisconsin, and continued to build on their already-impressive home record with a 14-2 mark at the ASU Convocation Center. The Red Wolves posted home victories over NCAA Tournament participants Oklahoma State and Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Conference member Alabama, and WNIT participants South Dakota State and Murray State. In all, 14 of the Red Wolves' 34 games during the 2006-07 season were against teams that played in the NCAA or WNIT tournaments. The 2006-07 Red Wolves also reached the 10-victory milestone quicker than any other team in ASU history, picking up their 10th win of the season Jan. 3, 2007, and their 21-win total equaled the highest in Boyer's eight seasons.
Under Boyer's guidance, several individual records fell during the 2006-07 season as well. Seniors Adrianne Davie and Rudy Sims rewrote the Red Wolves record books, with Davie shattering the career blocked shots record with 132 and the career rebounding record with 1,147. Sims set a new mark in career assists with 548, and became the first ASU player in over a decade to record a triple-double when she scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists in a 65-58 overtime victory at Louisiana-Lafayette. Davie was named All-Sun Belt Conference for the fourth straight season, while Sims earned the honor for the third straight year. Senior Ali Carter became the 16th member of the career 1,000-point club.
During the 2005-06 season, the Red Wolves posted a 15-15 overall record against a schedule that included nine NCAA Tournament teams, and three that participated in the WNIT. The Tribe advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, and Davie earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors for the third straight season. Davie also joined the ASU 1,000-point club, along with Sims and senior Amber Abraham.
In the 2004-05 season, ASU put together a program-best 10-game Sun Belt Conference winning streak, part of an 11-game win streak that was the fourth longest in Red Wolves history. The Red Wolves finished the season 21-11 overall and in second place in the Sun Belt East Division at 11-3, giving Boyer his first 20-win season as head coach. The Tribe advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT Tournament, defeating SEC powers Mississippi State and Arkansas along the way. The second round victory over Arkansas was played in front of a Convocation Center record crowd of 10, 892. The team's success earned Boyer his second straight Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Award. Boyer joined former Red Wolves coach Jerry Ann Winters as the only two ASU women's basketball coaches to win back-to-back coach of the year honors. Davie, Sims and Carter all earned All-Sun Belt honors following the 2004-05 season, marking the first time in Red Wolves history that three players earned all-conference honors in a single season.
The 2003-04 season culminated with the program's first-ever regular season conference championship, and a return to the WNIT. The Red Wolves finished 19-10 overall and 10-4 in league play, earning a share of the Sun Belt East division title as they posted one of the top turnarounds in Division I, picking up seven more wins than the previous season. ASU's 19 victories that season were the most since the 1997-98 season, sparked in part by the best start in ASU women's basketball history - a seven game win streak to open the season. The strong start carried over into Sun Belt play as the Red Wolves held the top spot in the East division from start to finish. Davie earned honorable-mention all-conference honors as a true freshman, and Boyer was rewarded with his first conference Coach of the Year Award.
The 2002-03 season capped a pair of rebuilding years and resulted in a strong finish and a trip to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
In his first season as head coach of the Red Wolves, Boyer led ASU to its first-ever Top 25 national ranking, 18 victories, and a trip to the WNIT Tournament. The Red Wolves' 18 victories gave Boyer the most wins by a first-year coach at ASU since Sara Wooley won 19 games in her first season in 1979.
The Red Wolves opened the season by winning 10 of their first 11 games, including road wins over Southern Miss and nationally ranked Kansas, giving ASU a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll the following week. The Red Wolves finished the season at 18-12 overall, ending the year with the program's second straight invitation to the WNIT.
Boyer came to ASU in 1995 spending four seasons as an assistant for former head coach Jeff Mittie, who is now the head coach at TCU.
A graduate of Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Mo., with a bachelor's degree in education, Boyer was an assistant coach for the men's program for six seasons, including the last three, which he spent as an assistant with the women's program as well.
As an assistant to the men's team, Missouri Western was a NCAA Division II Tournament participant five years (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995) and won two conference championships. The team made the Sweet 16 in 1990. As a women's assistant, Boyer and Missouri Western made two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 1995 and the Elite Eight the previous season.
The team went 31-3 in 1995 and made it to the Final Eight of the national tournament. It also went undefeated through its MIAA schedule at 16-0. In 1994, the team finished third in the nation.