Women's Hoops Ends Non-Conference Slate with 69-54 Win over Wake Forest

Dec. 30, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Juniors Melody Johnson and Amanda Levens each scored 14 points to lead the Arizona State women's basketball team to a 69-54 win over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

The game stayed close in the first half with the Sun Devils leading by just six points on two occasions, but Wake Forest quickly got back into the game each time. ASU took a 34-28 lead with 2:19 to play in the first half when freshman Betsy Boardman hit a pair of free throws, but the Demon Deacons scored the last four points of the first stanza and ASU hung onto a 34-32 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Sun Devils came out strong, forcing 12 turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the period. Arizona State took a 19-point lead with 6:53 to play (57-38) after holding the Demon Deacons scoreless for over six minutes. Wake Forest made a run when freshman guard Tonia Harris hit a three-pointer with 6:27 left in the game to start a 16-4 run over the next five minutes, narrowing ASU's lead to seven (61-54) with 1:30 to play. The rally fell short, however, as Arizona State held Wake Forest scoreless in the final 1:28 to earn the 69-54 victory.

Johnson and Levens led the Sun Devils with 14 points apiece, while Boardman had nine. Freshman Brett Leonard turned in a career-best eight points and three steals, while junior Cian Carvalho had seven points and a career-best nine rebounds.

For Wake Forest, which fell to 7-4 on the season, senior guard Kristen Shaffer scored a game-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while sophomore forward Tiffani Listenbee added 10 points in the effort. Three Demon Deacons shared the team lead with five rebounds apiece.

The Sun Devils wrap up their non-conference schedule with an 8-4 record and return to action this week with their first Pac-10 Conference series, traveling to Stanford on Jan. 6 and to California on Jan. 8. Both games can be heard locally on XTRA 910 AM or via the internet at www.thesundevils.com, while Fox Sports Net will broadcast the Cal game to a live national cable audience.

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