Arizona State Earns Pac-10's NCAA Automatic Bid; No. 2 Stanford a Lock

March 7, 2002

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ARIZONA STATE earned the Pac-10's automatic NCAA berth with its upset victory over No. 2 STANFORD in the Pac-10 Championship Game, Mar. 4 at Eugene, Ore. The Sun Devils (24-8, 12-6 Pac-10) will make their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, while the Pac-10 regular-season champion Cardinal is a lock for its 15th consecutive NCAA bid. Despite the loss to ASU in the Pac-10 final game, hope still remains for Stanford (30-2, 18-0) to earn a No. 1 seed.

The Cardinal played its two Pac-10 Tournament games without the services of its leading scorer, senior guard/forward Lindsey Yamasaki (17.4 ppg), who underwent an emergency appendectomy Feb. 26. Yamasaki has been cleared to play in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has posted the fifth 30-win season in school history and is the only Pac-10 team, men's or women's, to make it through regular-season Conference play with an unblemished 18-0 record, accomplishing the feat four times (1989, 1996, 1997, 2002). Arizona State is also enjoying a banner season, as the Sun Devils post a 24-8 overall mark, the second-best win total in school history.

WASHINGTON (17-11, 12-6) tied for second place in the Pac-10 with Arizona State, and split with the Sun Devils this season. The Huskies played in the Pac-10 Tournament with starting center, sophomore Andrea Lalum (11.6 ppg. 6.0 rpg), at less than 100 percent. Lalum suffered a severe ankle sprain Feb. 23 against Oregon. The OREGON DUCKS (17-13, 10-8) finished the 2002-02 season strong, winning five of their last seven games. The #7 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, the Ducks split with Washington in the regular season, and played Stanford closer than any other Pac-10 opponent, falling by just five points to the Cardinal on Feb. 7.


Mon., Mar. 4
#3 Arizona State 70, #1 Stanford 63
ASU: Levens-22 pts (7-14 FG), STAN: Powell-19 pts/10 reb/6 ast

Sun., Mar. 3
#3 Arizona State 64, #7 Oregon 58
ASU: Levens-19 pts, Johnson-13 pts/7 reb, ORE: Williams-21 pts
#1 Stanford 71, #5 Oregon State
STAN: Powell-37 pts/14 reb, OSU: Smith-26 pts/9 reb

Sat., Mar. 2
#7 Oregon 78, #2 Washington 64
ORE: Williams- 26 pts, WASH: Mendiola, Giu.-18 pts
#3 Arizona State 66, #6 Arizona 58
ASU: Carvalho-17 pts, Johnson 14 pts, ARIZ: Allen-19 pts (8-10 FG)
#1 Stanford 96, #8 UCLA 61
STAN: Perryman-17 pts/9 reb, UCLA: Arranga-16 pts/7 reb
#5 Oregon State 69, #4 USC 68
OSU: Ragland-29 pts(11-13 FT), USC: Hollans-22 pts, Hoffman-19 pts

Fri., Mar. 1#7 Oregon 85, #10 Washington State 67
ORE: Curry-16 pts, Bills-14 pts, WSU: Hawks-27 pts/8 reb
#8 UCLA 46, #9 California 42
UCLA: Arranga-17 pts (7-10 FG), CAL: Forney-11 pts/12 reb

The Arizona State Sun Devils won the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament trophy, and with it the league's automatic NCAA bid. The tournament's #3 seed, ASU downed Stanford, the #1 seed, 70-63 Mar. 4 at Eugene, Ore. The victory over No. 2 Stanford was the highest ranked team that the Sun Devils defeated since Arizona State defeated No. 2 USC 53-51 at Tempe, Feb. 15, 1982. Senior guard Amanda Levens scored 22 points in the championship game, with her 22nd point marking the 1,000th point of her ASU career.

Most Outstanding Player: Nicole Powell, SO G, Stanford
Enjoli Izidor, SR G, Stanford
Melody Johnson, SR C, Arizona State
Amanda Levens, SR G, Arizona State
Felicia Ragland, SR G, Oregon State
Shaquala Williams, SR G, Oregon

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