Sun Devils Eliminated From NCAA Tournament By Vanderbilt
March 18, 2002
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Zuzi Klimesova scored 15 points and ChantelleAnderson added 14 as top-seeded Vanderbilt beat Arizona State 61-35 Mondaynight in the second round of the Midwest Regional, the Commodores' seventhstraight victory and 500th in school history.
The Commodores (29-6) improved to 14-0 in NCAA tournament games at MemorialGym and 19-5 through the first two rounds.
They earned their second straight trip to the regional semifinals and 10thin 15 tournament appearances. Vanderbilt will play fourth-seeded NorthCarolina, a 72-69 winner over Minnesota, in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Ninth-seeded Arizona State (25-9) had a chance at the best season in schoolhistory with a victory that would have put the Sun Devils into the regionalsemifinals for the first time since 1983.
With the Pac-10 Conference's stingiest scoring defense, they felt they couldslow down the team tied with Connecticut for the nation's best shooting team,men's or women's. The Sun Devils weren't worried about falling behind, notafter having to rally for victory in each of their previous four games.
The Commodores never gave them a chance.
Vanderbilt dominated the Sun Devils, hitting 51 percent (24-of-47) from thefloor compared to 15-of-52 (28 percent). The Commodores also controlled theboards with a 36-24 edge on rebounds.
Anderson scored the first basket of the game, and Vanderbilt never lookedback as it scored 12 of the first 14 points. Each of the Commodores' startershad scored a little more than seven minutes into the game, and they hit 52percent of their shots in leading 32-15 at halftime.
Jillian Danker added 13 for Vanderbilt, and Ashley McElhiney had 12.
Arizona State missed four of its first five shots and hit only a season-low6-of-24 for the first half. The Sun Devils went the final 4:10 of the halfwithout scoring.
By the time Betsy Boardman ended the scoreless streak with a bucket at16:28, Arizona State trailed 36-17. That was as close as the Sun Devils wouldget as Vandy pushed the lead to as much as 52-27 on a bucket by Danker with5:11 to go.
Amanda Levens, the Sun Devils' leading scorer, had led their recentcomebacks - but not Monday night. She had only two points in the first half andfinished with just six. Melody Johnson had a team-high 13 points, and CionCarvalho, who had a career-high 24 points in beating Wisconsin, had two.