Women's Hoops Downs Cal State Northridge 80-44

Dec. 21, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - In the team's best offensive performance of the season, Arizona State downed the Cal State Northridge Matadors 80-44 Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory marked the largest for the Sun Devils since downing San Jose State 83-46 in Tempe on Dec. 30, 1998 and the first 80-point performance for the team since defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 85-67 in the first round of last year's Wells Fargo Classic on Dec. 3.

For Arizona State, junior Amanda Levens led the team in scoring with 16 points on five-of-seven shooting. Juniors Melody Johnson and Cian Carvalho each had 11 points for the Sun Devils, while no Matador reached double figures for scoring. Freshman Betsy Boardman had career bests with four assists and seven steals, while Carvalho and junior Leah Combs tied for the game high with six rebounds.

Coached by former Sun Devil Frozena Jerro, the Matadors controlled the game for just three minutes before Arizona State went ahead 9-7 with 13:46 to play in the first half and never looked back. The Sun Devils outshot the Matadors 39.3 percent (11-28) to 28.6 percent (6-21) in the first half and led by as many as 20 points before taking a 35-18 lead at halftime. In the second half, ASU held Northridge scoreless for the first 7:45 of the period and led by as many as 41 points en route to the 80-44 victory.

Arizona State, now 7-3 on the season, takes three days off for the holidays before returning to the Valley of the Sun to take on six-time national champion Tennessee on Dec. 27 in the AstraZeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic at Bank One Ballpark. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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