Sun Devils Win Fifth Straight in 58-51 Decision Over Oregon State

Feb. 1, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior Melody Johnson had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Arizona State Sun Devils won their fifth straight game with a 58-51 victory over Oregon State Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. With the victory, Arizona State moves into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 6-2 conference record. ASU is now 14-6 overall, matching its wins total of last season, while Oregon State falls to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10.

Arizona State streaked out to an early 16-6 lead and held a 29-22 advantage at halftime, outshooting the Beavers 41.4 to 27.3 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Sun Devils jumped ahead 27-14 with 4:01 to play in the half, but the Beavers finished the half on an 8-2 run. For the Sun Devils, freshman Betsy Boardman, a native of Portland, Ore., and junior Amanda Levens each had eight points in the first half.

In the second half, Oregon State narrowed the lead to six points on three separate occasions and got within four points, 50-46, with 2:59 to play after forcing three straight Arizona State turnovers. Levens' layup with 2:27 remaining in the game put the Sun Devils up by six, while ASU hit 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch to earn the 58-51 victory.

For Arizona State, Johnson paced the squad with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Levens finished with 13 points and a team-best four assists for the Sun Devils. Juniors Cian Carvalho and Leah Combs each added eight rebounds, while Carvalho also chipped in with a career-best four steals.

Oregon State senior Syesha Thomas led the game with 17 points, while freshman Hollye Holbrook added 10 points. Junior Felicia Ragland, the Beavers' leading scorer, was held to just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting but chipped in with nine rebounds, six assists and four steals.

As a team, ASU outshot OSU from the field 40.4 to 31.8 percent and outrebounded the Beavers by a 45-37 margin.

Arizona State returns to action Saturday night, taking on the No. 21 Oregon Ducks at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils will be looking for its sixth consecutive victory, something the team has not done since the 1991-92 season.

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