Arizona State To Face Delaware State In Non-conference Game

Nov. 19, 2001

Arizona State guard Amanda Levens began her senior season with a strongeffort, and she'll look to keep it going when the Sun Devils play host toDelaware State on Monday.

Levens, who averaged 15.4 points on her way to first team All-Pac 10 honorslast season, scored a career-high 30 points in a season-opening 72-67 winover St.Peter's on Saturday.

However, the win also gave the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils some cause forconcern.

Despite leading by as many as 14 points in the first half, they allowed thePeahens to get back into the game in the second half. After a see-sawbattle, Arizona State did not take the lead for good until 2:35 remaining.

Senior Melody Johnson, who finished with 12 points, was the only other SunDevils player in double figures.

The Sun Devils, however, have plenty of time to get ready for defendingtheir first Pac 10 championship. Delaware State will be the second of threenon-conference foes the Sun Devils will face in Tempe before heading to theVirgin Islands for the Paradise Jam$ tournament during the Thanksgivingholiday weekend.

Last season, the Sun Devils finished 20-11 and advanced to their first NCAAtournament since the 1992-93 season. Levens and Johnson also became thefirst Arizona State duo to be named to the All-Pac 10 first team in the sameseason.

While the Sun Devils struggled at times with St. Peter's, they might have aneasier time with Delaware State. The Hornets were overwhelmed by FresnoState in their opener, losing 71-49. They committed 26 turnovers and shotjust 34 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Ashley Etheridge, who scored10 points, was the only Delaware State player to reach double figures.

The Hornets return just five players from last year's squad, which finished16-14. Etheridge, who averaged 11.9 points, is their top returning scorer.

Eleven of the Hornets' 12 players are either freshmen or sophomores.

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