It's a good week for ASU women's basketball. After securing a share of the Pac-12 regular season title Sunday, head coach Charli Turner Thorne was named the John R. Wooden Pac-12 Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
Turner Thorne is one of the longest tenured head coaches currently at ASU, currently in her 19th season. Turner Thorne has amounted nearly 400 wins with the Sun Devils and has reached the NCAA tournament 10 times. Turner Thorne is 2nd in the Pac-12 in career wins, only behind her former head coach Tara VanDerveer (Stanford).
The last time Turner Thorne was awarded the John R. Wooden Award was back in 2001. Coincidentally, that was also the last time the Sun Devils had a share of the Pac-12 women's basketball regular season title.
In addition to the coach of the year award, ASU also had five players receiving Pac-12 honors this week. Sophie Brunner, Elisha Davis and Katie Hempen were named to the All Pac-12 team. Kelsey Moos received an all Pac-12 defensive honorable mention and Sabrina Haines is an all-freshman honorable mention.
The Sun Devils hold the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 tournament this weekend and are expected to play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament March 18-21.