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Can the seniors of ASU’s WBB team pull together a winning season?

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 Arizona State’s women’s basketball season was one riddled with injuries, forfeits and a losing record. During their 2022-23 season, the team had to cancel and forfeit two games against Utah and Colorado due to not having enough healthy players on scholarship available. Five of ASU’s rostered players were out with injuries at the same time, causing the forfeits. 

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ASU women’s basketball teams have historically performed very well within their conference and in the NCAA Tournament. Since 2011, when the Pac-10 became the Pac-12, ASU has qualified for the tournament six times.

The team’s performance took a drastic change after the 2018-19 season, where they lost in the NCAA regional semifinals. Since this loss, they have not been able to find their way back to the NCAA Tournament and have not had a winning season since 2019-20.

Last season, ASU hired a new head coach in Natasha Adair who led the team to an 8-20 finish, one of the worst in program history. This coaching change came after longtime coach Charli Turner Thorne retired and then took an assistant coach position with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.

With a new second year coach and a team ready to turn it around, here are some of the senior returners who will be called upon to lead the Sun Devils to a successful season. 

Jaddan Simmons – Sr.

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Simmons has started in all 77 games she has played in the last three seasons and is a defensive fiend, averaging 1.9 steals per game and earning a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honorable mention. She averaged 11 points, 3.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game during her junior season. 

Tyi Skinner – Sr. 

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Skinner transferred to ASU last season from the University of Delaware. In her first season with the Sun Devils, she earned Pac-12 honorable mention from the league’s coaches and finished second in points per game in the Pac-12 with 19.3 PPG. She topped this with adding 2.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Treasure Hunt – Sr. 

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Hunt transferred from the University of Kentucky last season and in her first season with the Sun Devils, started in all 27 games she played in. She averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game during her junior year with ASU. Hunt’s incredible ability to draw fouls on her shot got her to the free-throw line 103 times last season.

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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