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Sweet 16 and always been missed: ASU women hope to advance in NCAA Tournament

Sam Ficarro Saturday, March 23, 2019 Sweet 16 and always been missed: ASU women hope to advance in NCAA Tournament CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Arizona State women’s basketball program is in a familiar spot as it prepares for the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. For the sixth straight year, the Sun Devils have reached the second round, but for the last three seasons, the Sun Devils’ season has ended at this stage. It’s the elephant in the room for Arizona State as it faces Miami Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16. “This group that we have missed out on the Sweet 16 so this has been a little bit elusive for them,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said Saturday. No one on this Sun Devils team was a part of the last team to make the Sweet 16, which was in 2015. The senior quartet of Kianna Ibis, Courtney Ekmark, Charnea Johnson-Chapman and Sophia Elenga will look to break through in their final run. “I know one thing that’s sticking out towards the seniors is just breaking the streak of only getting to the second round of the NCAA Tournament,” Johnson-Chapman said. “We kind of want to go farther than that so we’re looking forward to it.” As the lower seed, the Sun Devils have played tight games in the second round, including...

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ASU women’s basketball team turns back clock in NCAA Tournament win over UCF

Sam Ficarro Friday, March 22, 2019 ASU women’s basketball team turns back clock in NCAA Tournament win over UCF CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In today’s basketball, the game is defined by flashy offenses. On Friday, however, Arizona State and Central Florida played a throwback, rough-and-tumble game with the players, and even Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne, taking some battle wounds. “They were talking about, ‘I got hit here, I got hit here,’ ” Turner Thorne said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I lost two nails.’ ” The Sun Devils defeated the Knights in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 60-45 in a battle of two stingy defenses. Both teams entered the game allowing less than 60 points per game this season, but the Sun Devils’ balanced scoring effort was too much for UCF. Senior forward Courtney Ekmark had one of the best games in her career with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Her fellow senior, Kianna Ibis, picked up her third double-double of the season tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Obviously, excited to keep playing and you know usually the way this goes,” Turner Thorne said. “Teams that have deep runs, just keep playing better, keep playing better and that’s our plan.” Arizona State played stout defense all night, limiting the Knights to 32 percent shooting from the field, breaking a school record for fewest points...

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End of Cheatham’s journey at ASU suggests beginning of another chapter in basketball

Jake Goodrick Friday, March 22, 2019 End of Cheatham’s journey at ASU suggests beginning of another chapter in basketball TULSA, Okla. – With just more than two minutes remaining in the game, Arizona State forward Zylan Cheatham fouled out and walked off the court to a standing ovation from the few Sun Devil fans in attendance. Although Cheatham’s time in ASU has ended, his impact on the program remains. “The legacy of a guy like Zylan Cheatham is immeasurable for what it’s going to mean for us moving forward as a program,” said ASU coach Bobby Hurley, whose team lost to sixth-seeded Buffalo 91-74 Friday in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. In a game where Arizona State struggled to get its offense going, Cheatham stood as the team’s lone beam of stability. The Sun Devils shot just 3 of 22 from the three-point line and freshman standout Luguentz Dort finished the game with only 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting and was 1 of 7 from three. Cheatham, in turn, delivered another well-rounded effort that has come to be expected from the senior. He led the team in scoring with 22 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting, and added eight rebounds and three assists, both team highs. “You know, he’s not afraid of any big moment,” Hurley said. “He’s unselfish. … I’m surprised there’s a box score in front of...

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McSally talks about sexual assault task force, funding for border wall

Bayan Wang Friday, March 22, 2019 McSally talks about sexual assault task force, funding for border wall GLENDALE – Sen. Martha McSally announced this week that the Department of Defense has agreed to establish a task force to combat sexual assault in the military. Thursday at Luke Air Force Base, she introduced some of the task force’s goals, including improving responses to sexual assault, especially the way they’re investigated and prosecuted. The Arizona Republican, who earlier this month revealed that she had been raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force, said commanders need to be invested in the task force, more prepared and more accountable to successfully combat sexual assaults. McSally, who spent nearly three decades in the military, also pledged to do everything she can to ensure funds from military bases in Arizona are not withdrawn. The news conference questions and answers have been condensed and lightly edited. McSally: I decided … that I was going to share my perspectives, not just as someone who served and not just as a commander, but also as a survivor of military sexual assault myself. That was not an easy decision, but I believe it was the right thing to do at the right time, so that I can help lead on this issue, and people can better maybe understand where I am coming from in my perspectives...

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