WSU Rallies But Falls to Arizona State 83-70

Jan. 13, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State's Amanda Levens scored 23 points to offset a career-high 20-point performance from Katie Nyseth as the Sun Devils defeated the Washington State Cougars 83-70 Saturday night at Ned Wulk Court.

The loss dropped WSU to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona State improved to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

After falling behind by a 49-30 margin at the half, the Cougars would make a run at ASU in the second half but would run out of steam at the end.

Down 65-48 with 10:34 left in the game WSU blitzed the Sun Devils with a 12-2 run over the next 5:23 to cut ASU's lead to 67-60 at the 5:11 mark of the second half.

However, the Cougars would get no closer as ASU scored six consecutive points to return their advantage to double digits.

WSU would come within 78-70 with 1:10 left but ASU, as it had done all night, ended the game with a 5-0 run to post the final 13-point margin of victory.

Each team traded runs at the beginning of the game. Arizona State bolted out quickly, scoring the first six points of the contest, as WSU did not make a field goal in the first 4:07 of the game.

However, the Cougars rebounded with a 9-2 run of their own to take a 9-8 lead at the 14:29 mark of the half. In that run, WSU made four field goals in a 1:24 span.

But after falling behind for the first time in the game, the Sun Devils caught fire, outscoring the Cougars 41-21 for the rest of the half to take a 19-point halftime advantage.

Levens' 23 points came by a 6-of-9 performance from the field including 4-of-6 from three-point territory. She headed a list of four ASU players that reached double figures in points.

Nyseth's career high effort was possible due to a 7-of-10 shooting performance from the field including a 3-of-5 effort from three-point territory. In addition, Nyseth recorded seven rebounds and six assists.

For the game, the Sun Devils shot 27-of-53 (58.6 percent) from the field including 6-of-11 from three-point territory. WSU was 25-of-55 (45.5 percent) from the field.

For the fourth straight game, the Cougars committed over 20 turnovers with 22 against ASU including 13 in the first half. ASU would commit 13 turnovers for the game.

WSU returns home to play Oregon State Thursday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Friel Court.
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