No. 21 Women's Hoops to Host Loyola Marymount Wednesday night

Nov. 20, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - NEWS AND NOTES

- The Sun Devils are ending a stretch of three games in five days that included wins over St. Peter's and Delaware State and Wednesday's game with Loyola Marymount. Counting their three games in the Paradise Jam, the Sun Devils will play a total of six games in 10 days.

- Arizona State moved up a spot to 21st in the Nov. 19 Associated Press poll and entered the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll for the first time of the season at 25th. The highest ASU was ranked last year was 22nd on Feb. 26, while the No. 22 ranking is the highest since the Sun Devils were ranked 16th in the preseason AP poll in 1983-84.

- With a 2-0 record already, the Sun Devils will be looking to match or better the great start of last year's Pac-10 Championship team. Last season, the Sun Devils won their first four games for the first time since 1991-92. That 1991-92 team turned in the best start in school history, winning its first nine contests.

- Following Wednesday night's game with Loyola Marymount, the Sun Devils take to the skies, traveling 3,076 miles from Tempe to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2001 Paradise Jam. The Sun Devils will take on Western Michigan, Kansas State and Richmond while in St. Thomas.

- The trip to the Virgin Islands will mark ASU's first outside the 50 states since traveling to the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1996-97, Charli Turner Thorne's first season at Arizona State. Last year, ASU left the contiguous United States for a successful trip to the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, where the team finished second after falling to 22nd-ranked NC State 54-51 in the championship game.

- Arizona State holds a 3-0 advantage in the series with Loyola Marymount. The last meeting was in 1990-91 when the Sun Devils downed the Lions 109-62 on Nov. 26, 1990 at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU has a 13-4 all-time record vs. teams from the West Coast Conference, most recently defeating Gonzaga 96-52 on Dec. 5, 1998 in the first round of ASU's holiday tournament.

- Senior guard Amanda Levens is averaging 24.5 points per game through the first two games this season, including a game-high 19 in ASU's win over Delaware State and a career-high 30 points in ASU's season-opening win over St. Peter's. Leven's 30-point effort marked the most points for a Sun Devil since Molly Tuter scored 32 in a 70-66 victory over Southern Utah on Nov. 8, 1997.

- While the Sun Devils have gotten to the free throw line an astounding 89 times in just two games (44.5 times per game), the team has struggled at the charity stripe, knocking down just 53.9 percent of its attempts (48-of-89).

- Senior Leah Combs is the team's leading rebounder through the first two games with an average of 9.0 boards per contest, including 10 vs. St. Peter's. Combs has turned in a pair of very complete games so far this year with seven points, 10 rebounds and two steals vs. St. Peter's and seven points, eight rebounds and three steals vs. Delaware State.

- ASU tallied 14 steals in the team's win over Delaware State Monday night, the most since the team had 16 in a win over Cal State Northridge last year. Senior Cian Carvalho led the team in steals with a career-best six. ASU is averaging 10.5 steals per game so far this year with Carvalho leading the team with a total of seven in two games.

- So far this season, ASU has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 16.5 rebounds including a 55-33 advantage in Monday night's victory over Delaware State. The team is averaging 50.0 rebounds per game, while the 55 rebounds vs. the Hornets are the most for a Sun Devil squad since the 1998-99 team had 55 in a season-opening win over Sam Houston State.

- All 11 players who saw action Monday night against Delaware State scored at least one point. The Sun Devils are averaging 19.0 points per game from their bench.

- Saturday's season-opening victory over St. Peter's marked the third straight year that the Sun Devils have won their season opener. Under head coach Charli Turner Thorne, ASU is now 5-1 to begin the year.

- With seven returning letterwinners, including four starters and three All-Pac-10 performers from one season ago, and four talented freshmen, the Sun Devils look to improve upon the 2000-01 campaign which will go down as one of the best in school history. Arizona State finished last season with a 20-11 overall record and a school-record 12-6 Pac-10 mark en route to a share of the Sun Devils' first ever Pac-10 title and the school's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1992-93, facing 18th-ranked LSU in the first round.

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