Levens Scores 26 to Lead Women's Basketball to a 71-65 Win over Oregon State

Feb. 2, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Amanda Levens scored a game-high 26 points, knocking down all four of her three-point attempts, to lead Arizona State to a 71-65 victory over Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

With the victory, their sixth straight at Wells Fargo Arena, the Sun Devils took over sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 and are now 18-6 overall and 9-4 in the Pac-10 this year. Oregon State fell to 12-11 and 8-5 in the Pac-10.

Arizona State jumped out to a 6-0 lead to open the game and held the lead for the entire ball game. The Sun Devils went up 11-4 with 14:10 to play, but the Beavers closed the gap to 11-10 over the next minute. Arizona State, however, responded with a 16-2 run to take a 27-12 lead with 8:01 to play. Levens drained three-pointers of three consecutive possessions during that run, including one from at least six feet beyond the arc. Oregon State closed to within nine points, but ASU scored six of the last eight points of the half to take a 39-26 halftime lead.

Levens had 15 points and four assists in the first half, knocking down 5-of-7 attempts from the field and all three of her three-point attempts.

In the second half, ASU went ahead by as many as 17 points with 7:47 to play, but Oregon State found its offense and used a 19-3 run to cut the lead to one point when sophomore Leilani Estavan made a layup to make with 64-63 with 2:44 to play. Arizona State, however, scored seven of the last nine points, including a pair of free throws from freshman Kylan Loney and three from Levens down the stretch, to earn the victory.

Levens turned in her 11th 20-point effort of the year with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including all four of her three-point attempts, to lead the Sun Devils. The effort marked her first 20-point game since injuring her ankle six games ago. Senior Melody Johnson and sophomore Betsy Boardman had 13 and 11 points, respectively, and each grabbed six rebounds. Levens led the team with five assists, while senior Cian Carvalho grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Sun Devils on the boards.

For Oregon State, freshman Juleen Smith and Estavan each had 14 points, while the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Felicia Ragland, had just 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting and one rebound. Sophomore Hollye Chapman led the team with seven rebounds.

As a team, Arizona State outrebounded the physical Beavers 41-30 and went to the free throw line 39 times (23-39) compared to just 14 by Oregon State (10-14).

The Sun Devils hit the road again next week for their third road trip in four weeks, traveling to Washington State on Thursday night and to Washington on Saturday afternoon. Both games can be heard locally on XTRA 910 AM or via the internet at www.thesundevils.com.

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