No. 23 Women's Hoops Heads to Tucson for Rematch with the Wildcats.
Feb. 19, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -
In sole possession of first place in the Pac-10, the 23rd-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils begin a three-game road stretch with a trip to Tucson, taking on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon at McKale Center. With an 18-7 overall record and a 10-3 Pac-10 mark, ASU has surpassed both wins totals from last season and turned in the most victories since the 1991-92 team went 20-9 overall and 11-7 in the conference en route to ASU's last NCAA Tournament appearance. Last weekend, the Sun Devils regained sole possession of first place in the conference with home wins of USC and UCLA, marking the first time in school history that ASU has swept the season series with either school. Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Sun Devils hold a one-game lead over Washington in the conference standings, while Arizona, which checked in at 23rd in this week's coaches poll, is fourth in the Pac-10 at 18-7 overall and 8-5 in the league after last weekend's sweep of UCLA and USC. Saturday's game will mark the 52nd matchup between the two teams. The intrastate rivalry with the Wildcats is ASU's longest running series, dating back to the 1975-76 season, the first year of the Sun Devil women's basketball program.
Probable Starters '00-01 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#23 Betsy Boardman G/F 6-1 Fr. 11.6 4.0 15.8 ppg in last five games#52 Cian Carvalho F 5-11 Jr. 6.4 5.0 Career-best 9 rbs, 3 asts at UW#35 Melody Johnson C 6-2 Jr. 14.9 7.1 10-10 FGs for 23 points vs. UCLA#4 Amanda Levens G 5-9 Jr. 15.0 3.5 Career-high 8 assists vs. UCLA#33 Natalie Tucker G 5-9 Sr. 5.0 3.7* 7th in career assists at ASU (332)
Off the Bench '00-01 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#3 Liz Paulson G 5-11 Sr. 0.5 0.5* 3 points, 1 steals vs. the Bruins#11 Aubrey McFadyen G/F 6-1 Sr. 1.8 0.9 Season-high 12 pts, 4 rbs vs. UCLA#12 Brett Leonard G 5-5 So. 3.6 1.5* Hit 10-of-12 free throws vs. USC#13 Leah Combs F 6-2 Jr. 4.3 4.1 Out 3-4 weeks with knee injury#31 Jen Albert F 6-2 Fr. 0.6 0.5 3 rebounds in 11 minutes vs. UCLA#32 Rainy Crisp G 5-6 Jr. 2.5 1.9 Career-high 9 points vs. Arizona#34 Li'i Liu G/F 5-10 Fr. 0.3 0.8 Has played in four games* assists per game
ExposureASU's flagship station XTRA 910 AM will broadcast the Arizona game to the Valley of the Sun with Vince Marotta calling the action. The broadcast is also available via the ASU official athletics web site (www.thesundevils.com). Cox Communications (Channel 9) will televise the contest to a local cable audience with George Allen and Fat Lever calling the action. ASU is 7-1 when playing on live television this year. Over the last two seasons, the Sun Devils are a perfect 12-0 when appearing on Cox Communications including last weekend's sweep of the Los Angeles schools.
Fox Sports Net to Televise Oregon State GameFox Sports Net will televise the Arizona State at Oregon State game to a national television audience as its wild card selection for March 3. The start time will be 1 p.m. PST (2 p.m. MST). The change gives the Sun Devils a total of 11 televised games this season.
Road WarriorsThe Sun Devils are in the middle of a stretch that will see the team play five of seven games on the road, including three straight beginning with Saturday's game in Tucson. Next week, ASU travels to the Beaver state to take on Oregon and Oregon State. The Sun Devils are 6-3 on the road this season, including a 4-2 mark in Pac-10 play. With their victory at Cal Jan. 6, the Sun Devils matched their total of three road victories from last season, while the victory at Haas Pavilion was the first for ASU since 1991-92. This season, ASU has also swept UCLA (snapping an eight-game skid at Pauley Pavilion) and USC on the road for the first time in school history, and the team has won games at Cal, USC and UCLA in a single season for the first time in school history.
The last ASU team to turn in more than six road wins was the 1992-93 squad which went 7-5 away from the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena. The school record for road victories is nine which was accomplished by the 1980-81 Sun Devils. That team went 9-5 on the road en route to its national runner-up finish in the National Women's Invitational Tournament. Last year, the Sun Devils earned two non-conference road victories but managed just one during the Pac-10 slate, ending the season with a 3-12 road record. ASU's 67-61 at Hawaii Nov. 25 marked the team's first road victory since defeating Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Jan. 15 of last year, a span of eight consecutive road losses.
In the RankingsArizona State moved up one spot to 23rd in the Feb. 19 Associated Press poll. ASU has been ranked in each of the last three AP polls, marking the first time in 18 years that the team has been ranked in consecutive weeks. The Sun Devils were ranked in all 17 polls during the 1982-83 campaign, climbing as high as ninth and finishing at 17th in the final poll. ASU broke into the national top 25 three weeks ago, checking in at 23rd in the Feb. 5 Associated Press poll and marking the team's first national ranking since March 1, 1992 when the Sun Devils were ranked 25th by the Associated Press. As a team, Arizona State has been ranked a total of 37 weeks in the team's history. The Sun Devils spent most of the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons ranked in the national polls (32 straight weeks including all 17 polls in 1982-83). ASU is also receiving 18 votes (32nd) in the Feb. 19 USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. Arizona is ranked 23rd this week by the coaches.
ASU vs. Ranked OpponentsSaturday's game with No. 23 Arizona will mark ASU's sixth matchup with a ranked opponent this season. Arizona State holds a 2-3 record vs. ranked teams this year, earning a 67-57 victory over the No. 23/25 Arizona Wildcats Jan. 27 and a 73-63 win over No. 22/21 Oregon Feb. 3. Prior to that, the team's last upset over a ranked opponent was a 77-76 win over then undefeated and No. 7 Washington at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 8, 1998. Before its wins over the Wildcats and the Ducks, ASU had come up short in three contests with ranked teams this year, including a pair of losses under five points, falling to then No. 22 North Carolina State 54-51 Nov. 26 in the Rainbow Wahine Classic and to then No. 2 Tennessee 67-63 Dec. 27 in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic.
In the Conference RaceThis marks the first time in school history that the Sun Devils have been in first place in the Pac-10 Conference at this point in the season. The highest the team had been ranked previously so deep into league play was third on Feb. 22, 1993, at 8-4 in the league. In 1991-92 and 1992-93, their two best seasons in the Pac-10, the Devils were sixth (8-5) and third (9-4) in the Pac-10 through 13 games, respectively.
Arizona State has never won a Pac-10 Conference title in the league's 14-year existence, while the team's best finish in the Pac-10 was a tie for fourth in 1993 (10-8). The Sun Devils' most Pac-10 victories came in 1991-92 when the team notched an 11-7 record and a fifth-place finish en route to 20-9 overall mark and an NCAA Tournament bid. ASU finished third on two occasions while a member of the Western Collegiate Athletic Association (1981-82 and 1982-83), while its highest conference finish ever was a second-place showing in the Pacific West Conference in 1985-86.
Last Time OutWith victories over USC and UCLA at Wells Fargo Arena last weekend, the Sun Devils swept the series with the two teams for the first time in school history.
Arizona State hit 38 of its 47 free throw attempts for a season-high 80.9 percent from the line to rally past USC 67-65 Feb. 15. Junior Amanda Levens scored 22 points to lead four Sun Devils in double figures.
The Sun Devils trailed most of the game and took their biggest lead when USC coach Chris Gobrecht took two technicals for her protests after Tiffany Elmore was called for fouling Levens with 2:21 remaining.
Levens sank four free throws, sending the Sun Devils to a 66-59 lead. USC fought back, but freshman Jessica Cheeks couldn't get off a shot as time ran out.
Junior Melody Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils, while freshman Betsy Boardman turned in 12 and sophomore Brett Leonard had 10, hitting 10-of-12 free throw attempts. For USC, Ebony Hoffman had 16 points and eight rebounds. USC also got 10 points each from Elmore and Tashara Carter.
Leonard hit two free throws with 4:30 left to give the Sun Devils a 59-57 lead they never relinquished. The Sun Devils made their first 18 foul shots before Levens missed one 6:00 into the second half.
USC held a 36-31 halftime lead when Hoffman hit a shot in the lane and put back a missed free throw, and Carter made a buzzer-beater in the final 18 seconds. USC outrebounded ASU 36-32 and outshot the Sun Devils 43.1 (28-65) to 35.9 percent (14-39).
Two nights later, Johnson turned in her fourth double-double of the season with a career-best 23 points and 10 rebounds as ASU rolled to a 78-60 victory over UCLA Feb. 17. Johnson made all 10 of her field goals as the Sun Devils built a 26-point lead in the second half. Arizona State shot 63 percent in the first half and closed out the stanza with a 12-1 run to go up 42-24 at halftime. Johnson had 13 points in the first half, while Levens contributed nine points and six assists in the first 20 minutes. Levens hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the run.
Boardman's jumper with 11:49 to play gave Arizona a 60-39 lead, while the Sun Devils stretched their lead to 73-47 on senior Aubrey McFadyen's free throws with 5:17 left. ASU finished the game shooting a season-high 54.7 percent and matched their season best with eight three-pointers. Johnson led the team with her 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Boardman added 18 points and tied her career best with three three-pointers. Levens turned in 14 points and a career-high eight assists, while McFadyen had her best game of the season with 12 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore Kristee Porter scored 16 points and junior Michelle Greco added 15 for the Bruins, who lost their seventh straight.
Injury UpdateJunior Leah Combs will be out for three to four weeks after suffering a meniscus tear in her left knee vs. Washington on Feb. 10. Combs, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 15, started the first 18 games of the season and was averaging 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game before her injury.
About ArizonaArizona rebounded from a road sweep in Washington two weeks ago by downing UCLA and USC last weekend in Tucson. The Wildcats, who checked in 23rd in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, are 18-7 overall and are fourth in the Pac-10 standings at 8-5. As a team, the Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in scoring (80.9 ppg), scoring margin (11.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (46.9) and are second in rebounding (41.2) and assists (16.7 apg). Individually, four Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring led by junior forward Elizabeth Pickney at 15.4 points per contest (fourth in the conference). Freshman Veranda James paces the club in rebounding at 8.2 per game which would tie for first in the Pac-10, but she has not played in the minimum number of games.
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 30-21 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona and snapped a 14-game skid to the Wildcats with a 67-57 victory in Tempe on Jan. 27. This series is the longest for the Sun Devils and dates back to the 1975-76 season, the first year of varsity women's basketball at Arizona State. Last year, Arizona took both meetings with a 60-58 decision in Tucson Jan. 30 and a 72-61 win in Tempe on Feb. 26. ASU holds a 13-9 advantage in games played in Tucson but has lost the last seven at McKale Center. ASU's last victory in Tucson came during the 1992-93 season when Arizona State swept both games including a 75-58 decision in Tempe on Feb. 19, 1993 and a 73-72 win in Tucson on Jan. 23, 1993. While the Wildcats have gotten the best of the series in recent years, the Sun Devils dominated it in the early games, winning 18 of the first 20 meetings which included a streak of 16 games that encompassed eight full seasons (1978-79 to 1985-86).
Earlier This Season vs. ArizonaJunior Melody Johnson turned in her third double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead ASU to a 67-57 upset of then No. 23/25 Arizona Jan. 27 at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Wildcats, while with 5,379 fans in attendance, the Sun Devils broke their single-game attendance record for Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona State jumped ahead early, taking a 16-14 lead with 11:30 to play in the first half on a three-pointer by freshman Brett Leonard and never looked back. The team built up a 40-30 lead at halftime on the strength of 12 points and nine rebounds from Johnson in the first half. In the second half, the Sun Devils increased their lead to as many 16 points en route to the 67-57 victory. Junior Amanda Levens turned in 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half.
Levens and Johnson led the scoring with efforts of 15 and 14 points, respectively, while junior Rainy Crisp scored a career-best nine points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field. Crisp also added three assists and three steals, while freshman Betsy Boardman added eight points, four steals and a career-best 10 rebounds. For Arizona, senior Reshea Bristol had 16 points and seven rebounds, while junior Elizabeth Pickney added 11 points and seven rebounds and freshman Aimee Grzyb chipped in with 10 points. As a team, the Wildcats outshot the Sun Devils 47.3 to 45.0 percent, but ASU won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Arizona 42-25. ASU also grabbed 12 steals and won the turnover battle 21-18.
As Emeril Would Say...A number of Sun Devils have kicked it up a notch in Pac-10 play. In fact, five players have increased their scoring averages, six have upped their rebounding averages and six have better shooting percentages in conference action. Junior Melody Johnson leads that group, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per league game (up from 14.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg in all games). The 6-2 junior is also shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in Pac-10 games (59.6). Over the last five games, Johnson has averaged 18.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and shot 63 percent from the field (38-60). Freshman Betsy Boardman has upped her scoring and rebounding to 12.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg (compared to 11.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg), while junior Amanda Levens is averaging 3.1 assists per game in conference play, including an average of 5.7 per game over the last three, and is shooting 45.5 percent from three-point land (up from 2.7 assists per game and a 42.5 shooting percentage from beyond the arc in all games).
Keeping 'Em Off the ScoreboardArizona State leads the Pac-10 Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 60.6 points per game so far this season. ASU has held six opponents to 50 points or less this season including 47 by Cal on Jan. 6 and 51 points by Oregon State on Feb. 1, while four of those teams have managed 45 points or less (with a season-low 39 by South Florida). ASU held then No. 2 Tennessee to just 67 points, 16.4 points short of the Lady Vols' season average of 83.4, while Arizona scored just 57 points, 23.8 points lower than their conference-leading 80.8 points per contest. Prior to ASU's 58-47 win at Cal, the last time ASU held a Pac-10 opponent under 50 points was in 1997-98 with a 69-49 win over Oregon State in Tempe, while 47 is the fewest points for a league opponent since defeating Oregon 79-42 in Tempe on Jan. 30, 1992. Prior to that, ASU had never held a Pac-10 opponent to less than 50 points on the road in the previous 14 years of conference play.
Taking Care of the BallArizona State is averaging a Pac-10 low 16.9 turnovers per game in 2000-01 which may not sound so good until you consider that the team had 20.5 turnovers per game last season. The Sun Devils turned in a season-low nine turnovers vs. La Salle and has had 16 or less giveaways in 11 of the team's 25 games this year (including 13 each vs. Washington and Washington State). The Sun Devils have also won the turnover battle (having fewer turnovers than their opponents) in 18 of 25 games including a 24-21 advantage over then No. 2 Tennessee and a 20-11 edge at then No. 21/22 Stanford. Last year, the lowest turnover total for the team was 13 in their final game of the season in the WNIT vs. Colorado State.
The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin, forcing 2.92 more turnovers than they commit per game. ASU is also third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 0.84 (355 assists to 422 turnovers). Senior Natalie Tucker, who leads the team with an average of 3.7 assists per game (seventh in the Pac-10), is third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.67).
Comeback KidsCounting their Feb. 15 victory over USC, the Sun Devils have overcome four halftime deficits for victory this season and are 4-6 overall when trailing at halftime. ASU has trailed at the half in three of their last four games and come up with victories in two of those three contests. Their previous three wins after trailing at halftime had been on the road (at Northern Arizona, at California, at Washington State).
Tough on the BoardsArizona State also leads the league in rebounding defense, allowing just 33.8 boards per game. In ASU's last five home games, the Sun Devils have allowed their opponents just 29.8 rebounds per game including a season-low 21 by the Oregon Ducks Feb. 3. As a team, ASU averages 35.4 rebounds per contest, which is ninth in the league, but has won the battle of the boards in 14 of its 25 games and is 13-1 in those games. The team's only loss when outrebounding its opponent came against Washington Jan. 11 in Tempe. Washington came into the game leading the Pac-10 in rebounding but lost that battle to the Sun Devils 40-35.
First and Facts About This SeasonSo far this season, the Sun Devils have accomplished a number of things that the team has not done in at least seven years:
* The Sun Devils won seven consecutive Pac-10 games (Jan. 11 to Feb. 8) for the first time in school history and turned in their longest overall winning streak since the 1991-92 squad opened the season with a school-record nine wins.
* ASU has defeated USC and UCLA twice this year, marking the first season sweeps over those schools in ASU history.
* Arizona State has also cracked the national top 25 for the first time since 1991-92 and is ranked in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1982-83.
* ASU earned its first victory over Arizona in seven years, snapping a 14-game losing streak with its 67-57 win on Jan. 27, while the team's win over the No. 22/21 Ducks on Feb. 3 ended an 11-game skid vs. Oregon.
* The Sun Devils have upset a pair of ranked opponents this season which the team had not done in a single season since the 1991-92 NCAA Tournament-bound Sun Devils downed No. 17 Kansas and No. 21 Cal.
* With wins at UCLA and USC, Arizona State completed its first Pac-10 Conference road sweep since 1992-93 and notched its first sweep over the Los Angeles schools since the 1981-82 season and the first ever on the road.
* ASU's win at UCLA snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bruins and marked the team's first victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1991-92, while the Sun Devils' victory at Cal also marked the first for the team since that same season.
Bench ProductionWhile Arizona State's bench turned in a season-low two points at Washington on Feb. 10, the team has averaged 15.8 bench points per game this year. ASU's reserves turned in a season-high 34 points vs. Cal State Northridge on Dec. 21, while the biggest output in conference play came at UCLA on Jan. 18 with 32 points including a career-high 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from sophomore Brett Leonard. Leonard has averaged 5.1 points per game over the last 10 games (up from her season average of 3.6 ppg). Most recently, ASU got 16 points from its bench in wins over USC and UCLA, led by senior Aubrey McFadyen who had a season-high 12 points and four rebounds vs. the Bruins.
Junior forward Cian Carvalho broke into the starting lineup vs. Arizona on Jan. 27 after scoring a career-best 16 points to lead the team at UCLA Jan. 18, the third consecutive game that she notched a career scoring best. Carvalho has started the last seven games and is averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last 11. Also providing sparks off the bench is junior guard Rainy Crisp who had seven points at USC Jan. 20, a career-best nine vs. Arizona Jan. 27 and six vs. Oregon Feb. 3.
Notes From the Charity StripeThe Sun Devils have gotten to the line 298 times more than their opponents (643-345), an average of 25.7 attempts per game to just 13.8 for their opponents ... In the last four games, ASU has been to the line an average of 29.8 times and knocked down 69.1 percent of those attempts (103-149) ... Arizona State turned in a season-high 80.9 percent performance from free throw line vs. USC on Feb. 15, knocking down 38 of 47 attempts (both numbers were also season highs) ... The team's previous season high in that category also came against the Women of Troy when ASU shot 80 percent (16-20) from the line in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 ... ASU knocked down 15-of-15 attempts in the first half and its first 18 of the USC game with its first missing coming six minutes into the second half ... Since shooting just 40.9 percent from the free throw line (9-22) in its season opener vs. Texas-San Antonio, ASU has shot 66.0 percent from the charity stripe since (410-621) ... Junior Amanda Levens is shooting a team-best 78.9 percent from the free throw line (120-152) which is good for third in the Pac-10 ... UCLA's Michelle Greco (88.2) and Oregon's Angelina Wolvert (79.3) rank ahead of Levens, but Levens has attempted twice as many as either player ... Levens' miss in the second half vs. Arizona ended a streak of 17 consecutive free throws (last three attempts vs. WSU, 4-4 at UCLA, 8-8 at USC, 2-3 vs. Arizona), while earlier this season, she had a streak of 16 consecutive free throws that ended in the Stanford game.
Notes From Beyond the ArcArizona State has knocked down 35.8 percent of its three-pointers (107-299), which ranks second in the conference. In conference play, the Sun Devils are also second in the league, draining 37.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc (56-151). In the last five games, the Sun Devils have shot 43.1 percent from three-point land (25-58) including a season-high 66.7 percent (6-9) in their victory over Oregon Feb. 3. The team had eight treys on three occasions (most recently vs. UCLA on Feb. 17), which was one shy of the school single-game record of nine three-pointers made in a contest.
Junior Amanda Levens has met success on 42.5 percent of her attempts and is shooting better from three-point land than she is from the field (42.5 to 39.2 percent). Levens has a team-best 45 three-pointers on the season which is already fifth on ASU's single-season charts and just 11 shy of the school record (56) set by Crystal Cobb in 1990-91. The 5-9 junior ranks third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage and seventh in three-pointers made (1.80 treys per game). She has hit three treys in three of the last five games and at least one in each of the past 10 games. In those 10 games, Leven has been successful on 51.1 percent of her attempts (23-45). Her best performance from three-point land this season was a career-high 4-of-4 three-pointers in ASU's win over Washington State on Jan. 13.
Levens has drained at least one three-pointer in 21 games and more than one in 15 of those contests, while freshman Betsy Boardman has at least one trey in 16 games. Boardman has hit 34.2 percent of her attempts (27-79) including a stellar 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc vs. Oregon Feb. 3 and a 2-of-3 showing at Washington State Feb. 8.
Head Coach Charli Turner ThorneSince Charli Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have begun a steady climb back to the national prominence that the team enjoyed in the early 1990s. She has improved the team's wins total in each of her five seasons and guided ASU to five consecutive double-digit win seasons in as many years. In 1999-2000, Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to a 14-14 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the Pac-10 Conference, both of which marked the school's most victories since 1992-93, while the team has surpassed both of those marks so far in 2000-01. Turner Thorne's Sun Devils also earned the team's first postseason appearance in eight seasons, falling to Colorado State 66-54 in Fort Collins, Colo., in the first round of the 2000 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The Sun Devils' victory over Oregon on Feb. 3 marked the 100th win of head coach Charli Turner Thorne's coaching career and her 60th while at ASU. She has notched a 63-73 record in four-plus seasons at Arizona State and was 40-40 in her three seasons at Northern Arizona. With the team's win over Oregon, Turner Thorne has also led her Sun Devils to victories over every Pac-10 school in her four-plus seasons at ASU.
Super Juniors After sitting out last season as Division I transfers, juniors Amanda Levens and Melody Johnson have made themselves right at home this season. The pair is 1-2 in scoring this season and has also been named all-tournament in both of ASU's tournaments this season (Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic and ASU Holiday Classic)
Levens, a 5-9 guard who transferred from Old Dominion University, is pacing the ASU squad at 15.0 points per game and ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in that category. Levens has notched double figures in all but three of ASU's games this season. Johnson, a 6-2 guard from the University of Colorado, is second on the squad and seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.9 ppg and has scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games and had nine points in each of the other two. Levens, who was the Jan. 29 Pac-10 Player of the Week, has hit a team-best 45 three-pointers, while Johnson, who earned the first conference player-of-the-week award this year, leads the Sun Devils in rebounding at 7.1 boards per game which is good for sixth in the Pac-10.
Welcome AdditionsArizona State's top four scorers are making their debuts for the Sun Devils this season, led by junior Amanda Levens, a transfer from Old Dominion University who is averaging 15.0 points per game. Junior Melody Johnson, who transferred from the University of Colorado, is averaging 14.9 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds, honorable-mention high school All-American Betsy Boardman is averaging 11.6 points (15th in the Pac-10) and junior Cian Carvalho, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community is fourth on the team with 6.4 points per game and second with 5.0 rebounds per contest. ASU's newcomers have been the leading scorers in each of ASU's 25 games this season, most recently with Levens scoring 22 vs. USC on Feb. 15 and Johnson matching her career best with 23 points on 10-of-10 shooting vs. UCLA on Feb. 17.
Home-Court Advantage With 11-3 home marks in each of the last two seasons, the Sun Devils have turned in an 22-6 mark at home in the last two seasons. Those 11 wins are tied for second on the ASU list for home victories in a season with the 11-1 mark of the 1981-82 team. The 1982-83 Sun Devils hold the school record for most home wins with a 12-3 mark in Wells Fargo Arena, while the 79.0 winning percentage in each of the last two seasons ranks third in school history behind the 91.7 percentage in 1981-82 and the 80.0 percentage in 1982-83. Last year, the Sun Devils won their first eight home games of the season, while this year's squad has won its last six games and seven of its last eight at Wells Fargo Arena.
Three-Dot Data Three Sun Devils rank in the top 15 in the Pac-10 in scoring (Amanda Levens-sixth, Melody Johnson-seventh, Betsy Boardman-15th) ... With an 18-7 record so far this season, the Sun Devils have notched double figures in wins in each of the last four seasons, something the program had not accomplished since 1989-1993 ... Senior Natalie Tucker has started 81 consecutive games, every game of her three-year career at ASU ... Tucker leads the team in assists for the third straight season at 3.7 assists per game, while the senior guard has 332 career assists (4.1 per game) which ranks seventh on the ASU list ... she also ranks in ASU's top 10 for career three-pointers and free throw percentage ... ASU has overcome four half-time deficits for victories this season (at Northern Arizona, at California, at Washington State, vs. USC) ... ASU is averaging 14.2 assists per game in 2000-01 with all 13 players getting into the action ... ASU has held 14 teams to four three-pointers or less this season including three opponents with no treys.
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