Women's Basketball Downs Washington State 83-70

Jan. 13, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's basketball team turned in its best offensive performance of the season en route to an 83-70 victory over the Washington State Cougars Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

With the win, Arizona State improved to 10-6 and 2-2 in the Pac-10, while Washington State fell to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the league. For the Sun Devils, it was the seventh straight victory over the Cougars dating back to the 1997-98 season.

ASU held Washington State scoreless over the first four minutes of the game to take a 6-0 lead, but WSU answered with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 9-8 lead with 14:32 to play in the first half. The Sun Devils, however, quickly dissolved that lead, WSU's only one of the game, to go ahead 24-11 with 9:48 to play in the half, a 15-2 run that was keyed by three-pointers by junior Amanda Levens and freshman Betsy Boardman. ASU would lead by as many as 19 points on three occasions and went ahead 49-30 at the half.

In the second half, however, Washington State refused to give up, chipping the Sun Devil lead down to just seven points (67-60) with 5:11 to play, taking advantage of a 10-2 run. ASU sealed its victory, however, with solid free throw shooting and 10 points over the last four minutes of the game from Levens. Levens converted on a three-point play and hit her career-best fourth three-pointer of the game in that stretch.

Levens led the game with 23 points, her fourth 20-plus-point showing of the season, knocking down 6-of-9 from the field including a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point land. Junior Melody Johnson turned in another solid performance with 16 points, while Boardman had 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Cian Carvalho turned in 12 points to match her career high for the second consecutive game.

Arizona State turned in a season-high 83 points, including a season-best 49 in the first half, while their 50.9 field-goal percentage was also tops this season.

For Washington State, senior Katie Nyseth had 20 points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists. Senior Victoria Harrod also turned in 10 points for the Cougars.

Arizona State returns to action next weekend, traveling to UCLA on Thursday night and to USC on Saturday night. Both games tip off at 8 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and can be heard live on XTRA 910 AM or via the Internet at www.thesundevils.com.

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