Women's Hoops to Wrap Up Road Trip at Oregon on Sunday Afternoon

Jan. 5, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. -

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Following a 77-70 loss at Oregon State on Friday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils look to get back on the winning track as they head to Eugene, Ore., to take on the Oregon Ducks at McArthur Court on Sunday afternoon. The loss to the Beavers marked the third straight defeat for the Sun Devils in Corvallis and snapped ASU's two-game overall win streak. ASU, now 11-4 on the year and 2-2 in the Pac-10, will be looking to snap a three-game Pac-10 road losing streak as well as an eight-game skid at Oregon when they take on the Ducks on Sunday. Oregon improved to 9-5 on the year and 4-1 in the Pac-10 following a 72-53 victory over Arizona on Friday night.

Last Time OutOregon State's Hollye Chapman turned in a career effort with 22 points and 15 rebounds as Oregon State downed Arizona State 77-70 Friday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. For the Sun Devils, four players scored in double figures, led by senior Amanda Levens who had 16 points despite going 4-for-21 from the field.

ASU took an early lead in the game, going up by as many as five points on three occasions in the first half. Oregon State, however, went on a 5-0 run to tie it up at 31 with 2:32 to play and took their first lead, 35-34, with 49 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Leilani Estavan. Estavan then knocked down another free throw with four seconds left in the half to give the Beavers a 36-34 halftime advantage.

In the second half, ASU tied the ball game four times in the early going, but Oregon State used a 10-2 run to go up 52-44 with 11:02 to play. The Sun Devils cut the lead to five points 30 seconds later but never came any closer in the game. Oregon State led by as many as 12 points en route to the 77-70 victory.

Chapman led all scorers with 22 points, while OSU's Felecia Ragland had 21 and Estavan scored 17. For ASU, Levens led the team in scoring for the 14th time on the year and dished out a career-high nine assists despite having an off-shooting night. Sophomore Betsy Boardman and senior Cian Carvalho each scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while senior Melody Johnson had 12 points.

Oregon ConnectionsThe Sun Devils have two players who hail from the state of Oregon in sophomore Betsy Boardman (Portland) and freshman Carrie Buckner (Corvallis). A 2001 Pac-10 All-Freshman selection, Boardman came to ASU from Beaverton High School where she was an honorable-mention high school All-American in each of her last three seasons and runner-up for Oregon Player of the Year following her senior season. In 2000, Boardman led her Beavers to the school's first Metro League championship and was selected as the league's MVP. A three-time all-league selection and the 2001 Valley League Player of the Year, Buckner helped her Crescent Valley High School to its eighth straight Valley League title as a senior and earned all-tournament honors at the Oregon 4A state tournament.

Road WarriorsCounting this weekend's trip to the state of Oregon, Arizona State will play six of its next eight games on the road. The Sun Devils are 2-1 in road games this season, including Friday night's loss at Oregon State, and look to snap a three-game Pac-10 road losing streak which dates back to last season. ASU's last road win in the Pac-10 came on Feb. 24 of last year with a 70-67 overtime victory at Arizona. ASU also looks to snap a string of eight straight losses at Oregon's McArthur Court with the team's last victory in Eugene coming during the 1992-93 season.

Levens Lighting Up the ScoreboardSenior guard Amanda Levens, winner of two Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors this season, leads the team and is ranked second in the Pac-10 at 20.1 points per game. She has scored 20 points or more on eight occasions this season, including a game-high 23 points vs. Arizona last weekend. She has led the team in scoring in 13 of 15 games this year and has topped the 20-point mark in five of the last seven games, averaging 22.6 points per contest over the last six (158 points). In her short ASU career, Levens has led ASU in scoring in 28 games and has had 15 efforts with 20 points or more.

The Battle of the BoardsASU was outrebounded for just the second time this season at Oregon State, losing the battle of the boards 47-31 in Corvallis on Friday night. The Sun Devils hold an 11-2 record when outrebounding their opponents. Stanford was the only other team to outrebound the Sun Devils this year. The Sun Devils are averaging 38.0 rebounds per game compared to a Pac-10 low 32.9 for their opponents. ASU also led the Pac-10 in rebounding defense last year, holding its opponents to just 33.5 boards per contest.

About OregonOregon improved to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10 with its 72-53 victory over Arizona on Friday night. Junior guard Shaquala Williams is leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game after missing all of last season with an ACL tear. Sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld holds the team lead in rebounding at 5.6 boards per game and had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Ducks' victory over Arizona.

In the SeriesOregon leads the series with the Sun Devils with a 25-9 advantage dating back to the 1980-81 season. Last year, Arizona State snapped an 11-game losing streak to Oregon with a 73-63 win over then No. 22/21 Oregon on Feb. 3 and then fell to the Ducks 63-56 in Eugene on March 1. The Sun Devils have lost their last seven games at McArthur Court. Oregon holds a 2-14 advantage in games played in Eugene, while ASU last defeated the U of O in Eugene on Feb. 25, 1993 with a 77-63 victory.

Levens Beyond the ArcSenior guard Amanda Levens has shot 42.6 percent from three-point land (26-61) over the past 11 games, despite a 2-for-9 effort at Oregon State on Friday. She has knocked down a team-best 31 treys and is shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc (31-77). Levens has knocked down at least one three-pointer in all but two games this year and all but six games in her Sun Devil career. She has also had more than one three-pointer in nine games this year, including a career-best 6-of-9 performance in ASU's win over Kansas on Dec. 5.

ASU's single-season leader with 60 three-pointers made last year, Levens has moved into a tie for third on ASU's career list with Kristine Sand (1997-00) with 91 three-pointers in her career. Levens needs just nine more three-pointers to become just the third Sun Devil in school history to knock down 100 treys, while the transfer from Old Dominion needs 25 to move into second place which is held by Molly Tuter with 116 in her career (1994-97). Crystal Cobb (1989-94) holds the ASU school record with 134 three-pointers in her career.

Kicking It Up a NotchPortland, Ore., native Betsy Boardman has kicked it up a notch in Pac-10 play, shooting 56.7 percent from the field, including a 53.3 clip from beyond the arc, and averaging 12.5 points per game. A Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last year, she has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, including a season-high 14 points vs. Arizona and 13 at Oregon State. After shooting just 24 percent from three-point land in the first 11 games of the year, Boardman has shot 53.3 percent in the last four games (8-15), going 2-of-3 from beyond the arc vs. Stanford and Cal, hitting a key three-pointer vs. Arizona to hold off a second-half Wildcat rally and knocking down a career-high three treys at Oregon State on Friday.

Scoring DefenseAfter leading the Pac-10 in scoring defense last year (61.5 ppg), ASU has continued its stingy ways in 2001-02, ranking first in the league at just 58.5 points per game despite allowing 77 points at Oregon State, which ties for the most points allowed this year. ASU has held four teams under 50 points, including 49 by Cal on Dec. 23 and 40 points by Fordham on Dec. 1, which was the fewest points given up this year and the fewest since downing South Florida 74-39 on Nov. 19 of last year, and set a school record by holding Chicago State to just nine points in the first half of its 83-43 victory on Dec. 13.

Dishing It OutASU's starting backcourt of senior Amanda Levens and true freshman Kylan Loney is averaging 8.3 assists per game so far this season, the most since Natalie Tucker and Kitch Kitchen averaged 8.4 assists as the second-best tandem in the Pac-10 in 1998-99. At 4.8 assists per game, Levens ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in the category and has led the team in the category in six of the last seven games, including a career-high nine assists at Oregon State. Loney ranks 10th in the league at 3.5 per game. Levens is also ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.6, while Loney is seventh in that category at 1.5.

Quick Hits

- The Sun Devils have had four players score in double figures in each of the last three games.

- Despite Friday night's loss in Corvallis, ASU has won nine of its last 11 games.

- The Sun Devils are two games ahead of the winning pace of last year's 20-11 team which took 17 games to get 11 wins, while ASU's current pace is the quickest since the 1992-93 team also earned 11 wins in 15 games.

- ASU had a season-low nine turnovers Friday night at Oregon State, the fewest since ASU had nine turnovers in a victory last year over La Salle on Dec. 1, 2000.

- Senior Cian Carvalho has averaged 12.0 points per game over the last four contests, including a season-high 15 points vs. Arizona. She has also shot 63.6 percent from three-point land in the last four games (7-11), knocking down the first two three-pointers of her career vs. Stanford. Carvalho hit two treys vs. Cal and again vs. Arizona and knocked down another at Oregon State.

- ASU has held its last seven opponents to just 20.4 percent shooting from three-point range (11-54), including a 1-of-7 outing by Oregon State. In Pac-10 action, ASU has allowed its opponents to shoot just 22.6 percent from beyond the arc (7-31).

- With a 76-81 record at ASU, head coach Charli Turner Thorne has moved into sole possession of second place in all-time wins by a Sun Devil women's basketball coach. Juliene Simpson is the all-time winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history, notching a 134-92 record in eight seasons (1979-87).

- The Sun Devils scored a season-high 87 points in their victory over Arizona, the most points for the Sun Devils since the team scored 96 in a 96-52 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 5, 1998, a span of 96 games.

- Senior Melody Johnson turned in her second double-double of the year and the seventh of her career with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Arizona. She turned in her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Richmond on Nov. 26 to earn Paradise Jam MVP honors.

- Johnson continues to lead Arizona State in career field goal percentage, converting on 54.7 percent of her attempts (238-435). This year, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in the category, knocking down 50.4 percent of her attempts from the field (66-131), including a perfect 7-for-7 effort Dec. 13 at Chicago State.

- While the Sun Devils have gotten to the free throw line 416 times this year (27.7 times per game and 100 more times than any other Pac-10 school), the team has struggled a bit at the charity stripe, knocking down just 62.0 percent of its attempts (258-416). ASU has shot below 60 percent from the free throw line six times this year and in its first two Pac-10 games, including a season-low 53.1 percent (17-32) Dec. 23 vs. Stanford.

- Senior Amanda Levens has already been to the free throw line 120 times this year and has knocked down 76.7 percent of her attempts (92-120). Last year, Levens set school single-season marks for free throws (146) and was second in attempts (183) and is on pace to eclipse those marks in 2001-02.

- ASU's bench has averaged 19.1 points per game over the last 11 contests (211 points), including a season-high 27 points at Chicago State on Dec. 13. ASU's bench has had 20 or more points in five games this year, and the Sun Devils are 10-2 on the year when outscoring their opponents' bench.

- ASU emerged from the non-conference slate with nine victories for the first time since the 1991-92 season.

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