Women's Hoops Knocks Off Oregon 64-58 to Advance to Pac-10 Tournament Championship Game
March 3, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -
Senior guard Amanda Levens scored 19 points, 16 of them in the second half, to lead Arizona State to a 64-58 victory over tournament host Oregon Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the inaugural Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament at McArthur Court.
With the win, the Sun Devils, now 23-8 on the year, advance to a championship game meeting with second-ranked Stanford at 7:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. MST at McArthur Court. Fox Sports Net will televise to the championship game to a live national audience, while XTRA 910 AM will broadcast the game locally.
Arizona State jumped ahead late in the first half with five players scoring in an 11-0 run which ended with a three-pointer by Levens and put the Sun Devils up 26-15 with 2:40 to play in the half. ASU went up by as many as 13 points en route to a 31-19 halftime lead, grabbing 12 steals and forcing 18 turnovers in the half. Senior Melody Johnson led the team with nine points in the first half, knocking down 4-of-6 field goal attempts.
In the second half, Oregon outscored ASU 24-4 over the first nine minutes of the period to take a 43-35 lead of its own with 10:35 left, but the Sun Devils refused to give up. Sophomore Betsy Boardman knocked down a three-pointer and Levens scored ASU's next eight points, including a three-pointer followed by a three-point play, to put the Sun Devils up 48-47 with 7:53 to play.
Oregon got within two, 57-55 with 1:50 to play, but the Sun Devils knocked down 7-of-9 free throws down the stretch to earn the 64-58 victory, ASU's second come-from-behind victory in as many days.
Levens led the Sun Devils with 19 points, including three three-pointers, while Johnson was the only other Sun Devil in double figures with 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior Cian Carvalho had eight points and nine rebounds. Oregon junior Shaquala Williams led all scorers with 21 points.
ASU finished with 13 steals and outrebounded the Ducks 39-31, marking the 25th time this year that the Sun Devils have outrebounded their opponent.