Sun Devils' Season Comes To A Close

March 16, 2001

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Ke-Ke Tardy scored 21 points and Marie Ferdinandadded 19 points as Louisiana State beat Arizona State 83-66 Friday in the firstround of the Mideast Regional.

The sixth-seeded Lady Tigers (20-10) trailed early against the No. 11 SunDevils before going on a 17-8 run that gave them a lead they would notrelinquish.

LSU will play the winner of the UC Santa Barbara-Purdue game.

Arizona State (20-11) went on a 6-0 run to get the score to 50-42 with 15:28left. The Lady Tigers, who have made the round of 16 in three of the last fouryears, pushed the lead back to double-digits. They led by as many as 20 points.

Melody Johnson scored 25 points for Arizona State. She was 8-of-13 from thefloor and 9-of-13 from the line.

Tardy and Ferdinand each scored 10 points in the first half as the LadyTigers shot 64 percent from the floor. They finished a combined 14-for-23.

Kisha James scored 13 points for LSU, and April Brown and De Trina Whiteeach had 10.

By DAN GELSTON
Associated Press Writer

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