Women's Hoops Falls to Washington 66-62 in Home Pac-10 Opener

Jan. 11, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State junior Melody Johnson turned in her second double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Sun Devil women's basketball team fell to the Washington Huskies 66-62 Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

With the win, Washington improved to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Arizona State fell to 9-6 and 1-2 in the conference.

The two teams battled to a 24-24 tie at the half with the Sun Devils outshooting the Huskies by a slim 34.5 to 32.1 percent margin and outrebounding UW 24-16. Johnson and junior Amanda Levens each turned in six points in the first half, while freshman Betsy Boardman pulled down eight rebounds.

In the second half, however, the Huskies slowly built a lead, taking a 46-36 edge with 48-38 to play when UW freshman guard Giuliana Mendiola completed a layup with 9:27 to play. Washington took a 58-44 lead with layup by senior guard Jill Pimley with 4:33 to play, holding ASU to just one field goal in over 10 minutes.

The Sun Devils charged back into the game, however, with a 17-3 run that began when senior guard Natalie Tucker hit a three-pointer with 4:16 left to play. Junior Cian Carvalho made a layup to put the Sun Devils within three points, 62-59, with 41 seconds to play. Arizona State would get within three points two more times over the final seconds of the game, but Washington knocked down 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Johnson led the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds, including eight points over the final two minutes of the game, while Carvalho turned in a career-best 12 points. Boardman added 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds for the Sun Devils.

For Washington, Mendiola led the Huskies with 15 points and seven rebounds, including 10 points in the second half, while senior guard Megan Franza and Pimley each reached double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Arizona State returns to action Saturday night with a 7 p.m. game vs. Washington State at Wells Fargo Arena. That game will be televised locally on Cox Communications (Channel 9), while all of Arizona State's games this season can be heard live on XTRA 910 AM or on the Internet at www.thesundevils.com.

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