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ASU Best Teams: No. 7 2006 Softball vs. No. 10 2004-05 Women’s Basketball

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Battle of the women’s teams

Photos by AP and AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 12 2005 Baseball beat No. 5 2009 Women’s Golf in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 7 2006 ASU Softball vs. No. 10 2004-05 Women’s Basketball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 7 2006 Softball

Record: 53-15, Reached Women’s College World Series

Head coach: Clint Myers (First year)

Notable players: Kaitlin Cochran and Katie Burkhart

The rundown: Under first-year head coach Clint Myers, the Sun Devils took their first steps in becoming a softball powerhouse. ASU finished the year ranked 6th in the country. The squad’s win total improved by 23 games compared to 2005 and started a streak of three straight College World Series appearances. Cochran (in her first year) secured the Pac-10 batting title en route to being named Pac-10 “Newcomer of the Year” along with being awarded First team Pac-10 and First-team All-American. In the College World Series, the 6th seeded Sun Devils defeated Oregon State before falling to 8 seeded Tennessee 3-1 in the second round.

No. 10 2004-05 Women’s Basketball

Record: 24-10, Reached Sweet 16

Head coach: Charli Turner Thorne

Notable players: Emily Westerberg, Kristan Kovesdy

The rundown: Led by a stifling defense and balanced offense the Sun Devils reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in 22 years, and for the third in school history. ASU finished the year ranked 16th in the country. At the time, its 12 conference wins matched a school record. ASU led the Pac-10 in scoring defense, rebounding defense and three-point defense. They went 5-5 against ranked opponents and boasted an impressive 12-2 record at Wells Fargo Arena. Charli Turner Thorne (who still coaches the Sun Devils today) became the winningest coach in program history during the 2004-05 season (her ninth year). In the NCAA tournament, the Sun Devils defeated Eastern Kentucky and upset Notre Dame before bowing out to ACC champion North Carolina.

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