Sun Devils Upset #23/25 Arizona 67-57

Jan. 27, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior Melody Johnson turned in her third double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Arizona State Sun Devils to a 67-57 upset of No. 23/25 Arizona Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. With the victory, Arizona State improves to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10, while Arizona falls to 14-5 and 4-3 in the conference.

For the Sun Devils, the victory snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Wildcats and marked the team's first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off then No. 7 Washington at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 8, 1998. With 5,379 fans in attendance, the Sun Devils also broke their single-game attendance record for Wells Fargo Arena. The team's overall single-game record is 16,782 set earlier this season vs. Tennessee at Bank One Ballpark, while the 5,379 fans surpassing the 5,271 who attended last year's Arizona game on Feb. 26, 2000.

'Opportunity's not polite, so you'd better grab it with two hands,' Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. 'We're having fun out there. They were a ranked team and the favorites as far as I am concerned. In games like this, it's about team defense and rebounding. It doesn't matter how we shoot, we should win because we play great team. We continued to execute our game plan. We stayed with things and executed.'

Arizona State jumped ahead early, taking a 16-14 lead with 11:30 to play in the first half on a three-pointer by freshman Brett Leonard and never looked back. The team built up a 40-30 lead at halftime on the strength of 12 points and nine rebounds from Johnson in the first half.

In the second half, the Sun Devils increased their lead to as many 16 points en route to the 67-57 victory. Junior Amanda Levens turned in 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half.

For Arizona State, Levens and Johnson led the scoring with efforts of 15 and 14 points, respectively, while junior Rainy Crisp scored a career-best nine points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field. Crisp also added three assists and three steals, while freshman Betsy Boardman added eight points, four steals and a career-best 10 rebounds. For Arizona, senior Reshea Bristol had 16 points and seven rebounds, while junior Elizabeth Pickney added 11 points and seven rebounds and freshman Aimee Grzyb chipped in with 10 points.

As a team, the Wildcats outshot the Sun Devils 47.3 to 45.0 percent, but ASU won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Arizona 42-25. The team also grabbed 12 steals and won the turnover battle 21-18.

'My thoughts on the game are that we got out-hustled and out-played,' Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini said. 'You look at the rebounding and it's amazing that we didn't lose by more. We're not having fun. You look at ASU, they clearly out-hustled us.'

Arizona State, now tied for first in the Pac-10 with a 5-2 conference mark, continues its homestand next weekend, hosting Oregon State on Thursday and No. 18 Oregon on Saturday night. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

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