Women's Basketball Downs California 70-58

March 8, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior Amanda Levens had a game-high 20 points and six assists to lead the Arizona State women's basketball team to a 70-58 victory over California Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. With the victory and an 88-76 USC win over Washington, the Sun Devils move back into a tie with Washington for first place in the Pac-10 and notch their first 20-win season since 1991-92.

The Sun Devils (20-9, 12-5 Pac-10) return to action on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Stanford Cardinal at 2 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. With a win on Saturday, Arizona State can clinch a share of the first Pac-10 title in school history. With the loss, Cal falls to 12-15 overall and 8-9 in the conference.

Arizona State shot 55.6 percent in the first half and jumped out to a 37-29 halftime lead. Levens had eight points in the first half, draining a pair of three-pointers to set the ASU single-season record in that category with 57 treys on the season.

In the second half, the Sun Devils pulled ahead by as many as 18 points en route to the 12-point victory. Levens had 12 points in the second half, knocking down all eight of her free throw attempts.

For Arizona State, junior Melody Johnson turned in her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Junior Leah Combs, who returned from a knee injury two games ago, gave the Sun Devils a solid performance off the bench with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and six rebounds in 23 minutes. Freshman Betsy Boardman chipped in with 14 points.

California senior Courtney Johnson was the only Golden Bear in double figures, scoring 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

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