Women's Hoops Awaits NCAA Selection Sunday
March 8, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
2001-02 Arizona State Women's Basketball NCAA Quick Facts
Location: Tempe, Ariz.Nickname: Sun DevilsConference: Pacific-10Overall Record: 24-8Pac-10 Record: 12-6Pac-10 Finish: Tied for SecondNCAA Appearance: 5thLast NCAA Appearance: 2001NCAA Tournament Record: 2-4
Arizona State captured the Pac-10's automatic berth to the 2002 NCAA Tournament by upsetting second-ranked Stanford in the championship game of the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament. With a 24-8 record this season, the Sun Devils are just one win shy of the school record for victories in a season, which was set by the 1981-82 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team with a 25-7 mark. This season marks the sixth 20-win season in school history, while the team has notched the Sun Devils' first back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 20 years. One season after clinching a share of the team's first ever Pac-10 title in 2001, the Sun Devils were picked to finish second (media) and fourth (coaches) in the preseason Pac-10 Conference polls.
Head Coach: Charli Turner Thorne (Stanford '88) ... in her sixth season at ASU and ninth year overall ... holds an 89-85 record at ASU and a 129-125 overall mark ... is the second-winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history ... has led the Sun Devils to a 44-19 record over the last two seasons ...earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District 8 Russell Athletic/WBCA Coach of the Year honors last year.
ASU Notes: The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense, rebounding defense and three-point shooting defense ... the Sun Devils have won their last three games, five of their last six and eight of their last 10 ... three Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10 honors this year in first-team selection Amanda Levens, honorable-mention honoree Melody Johnson and honorable-mention All-Freshman selection Kylan Loney ...ASU's roster features five seniors, two sophomores and four freshmen ... ASU's roster features three players who transferred from other Division I schools (Levens, Johnson, Rainy Crisp).
Big Wins and Great Games: Upset #2 Stanford on March 4 in the championship game of the 2002 Pac-10 Conference Tournament ... overcame second-half deficits in each of the team's three games in the Pac-10 Tournament (Arizona, at Oregon, Stanford) ... downed Oregon 86-72 Jan. 6 in Eugene, ASU's first win at McArthur Court in nine tries ... turned in a seven-game winning streak in November and December ... downed Rutgers 59-56 Dec. 2 to capture the ASU Holiday Classic ... felled Kansas State 76-58 on Nov. 25 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands and then defeated Richmond the following night to win the tournament title (K-State went on to win 14 straight games and climbed as high as ninth in the AP poll after falling to the Sun Devils).
ASU NCAA Appearances: This year's NCAA invitation marks ASU's fifth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and its second straight ... this season gives ASU just the second back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in school history with the Sun Devils last achieving the feat in 1981-82 and 1982-83 ... the Sun Devils are 2-4 in their previous three forays in the 'Big Dance' ... last year, 11th-seeded ASU lost to Louisiana State 83-66 in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Sub-Regional in West Lafayette, Ind. ... last year's No. 11 seed marked the lowest NCAA seed in school history ... ASU has reached the Sweet Sixteen on two occasions (1982 and 1983), both under then head coach Juliene Simpson ... in both of those seasons, the fourth-seeded Sun Devils lost to the eventual national champion in the round of 16, falling to Louisiana Tech in 1982 and USC in 1983 ... seven Sun Devils return from last year's NCAA Tournament squad, while senior guard Amanda Levens has made three NCAA Tournament appearances in her career, helping Old Dominion to two Sweet Sixteen appearances before transferring to Arizona State.
Arizona State (24-8, 12-6) Probable Starters '01-02 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#23 Betsy Boardman G/F 6-1 So. 9.1 4.6 7 pts, 3 rbs in each of last two games#52 Cian Carvalho F 5-11 Sr. 9.1 5.8 Averaged 13.0 ppg at Pac-10 Tournament#35 Melody Johnson C 6-2 Sr. 12.3 6.7 13.3 ppg, 62 pct from field at Pac-10 Tourney#4 Amanda Levens G 5-9 Sr. 17.1 4.5* 22 pts, 17 in second half, vs. #2 Stanford#10 Kylan Loney G 5-7 Fr. 4.8 3.2* 6-6 from FT line in last two games
Off the Bench '01-02 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#00 Alexis Tate F 6-4 Fr. 1.4 1.4 4 pts, 2 rbs in 7 minutes vs. Arizona#5 Lauren Stagg G 5-10 Fr. 1.3 1.1* 2 assists in 6 minutes vs. UCLA#13 Leah Combs F 6-2 Sr. 4.0 2.7 2nd-team Academic All-District pick#30 Carrie Buckner G 5-9 Fr. 4.9 4.0 6.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.7 spg last week#31 Jen Albert F 6-2 So. 1.8 1.7 8 pts, 2 treys, 2 blks vs. UCLA#32 Rainy Crisp G 5-6 Sr. 2.4 2.1* 6 steals at Pac-10 Tournament* assists per game
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