Women's Basketball Season In Review
May 17, 2001
The 2000-01 Arizona State women's basketball team turned in one of the most successful seasons in school history, capturing a share of its first Pacific-10 Conference title and earning the school's first NCAA Tournament invitation in nine seasons. Arizona State, which finished the season ranked 25th in the final Associated Press poll, ended the year with a 20-11 overall record, the most victories for a Sun Devil squad since 1991-92, while the team's 12-6 conference mark set a school record for league wins. Despite being picked fifth and sixth in the preseason conference polls by the coaches and media, respectively, and starting the conference season 1-2, ASU finished in a three-way tie for first in the Pac-10 with Stanford and Washington, the first three-way tie for the league title in conference history and the first title for either of ASU's men's or women's basketball teams.
2000-01 Starters Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#23 Betsy Boardman G/F 6-1 Fr. 11.6 4.2 6th in Pac-10 with 2.2 steals per game#52 Cian Carvalho F 5-11 Jr. 6.2 5.1 2nd on the team in rebounding#35 Melody Johnson C 6-2 Jr. 14.8 7.0 20th in the nation in FG pctage (57.0)#4 Amanda Levens G 5-9 Jr. 15.2 3.4 Set ASU season mark with 60 treys#33 Natalie Tucker G 5-9 Sr. 5.1 3.6* Started 87 straight games in career
Off the Bench '00-01 Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG NOTES#3 Liz Paulson G 5-11 Sr. 0.5 0.3 Ended career with 20 treys#11 Aubrey McFadyen G/F 6-1 Sr. 1.7 0.9 Second on the team in blocks#12 Brett Leonard G 5-5 So. 3.1 1.6* ASU's back-up point guard#13 Leah Combs F 6-2 Jr. 4.6 3.9 5.8 ppg after return from knee injury#31 Jen Albert F 6-2 Fr. 0.6 0.5 Played in 26 games in 2000-01#32 Rainy Crisp G 5-6 Jr. 2.5 1.6 4th on team with 27 steals#34 Li'i Liu G/F 5-10 Fr. 0.3 0.8 Played in four games in 2000-01* assists per game
In the PostseasonArizona State made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 1991-92 season and just its fourth ever showing in that tournament. After falling to the 18th-ranked Louisiana State Lady Tigers 83-66 in the first round in West Lafayette, Ind., on March 16, ASU holds a 2-4 all-time record in the 'Big Dance.' In 1992, the sixth-seeded Sun Devils earned an NCAA bid for the first time in nine years but fell in the first round to host DePaul 67-65. Prior to 1992, the Sun Devils had appeared in the 1982 and 1983 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in both seasons with first-round wins. In 1999-00, the team returned to 'March Madness' for the first time in eight years with an appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, falling at Colorado State 66-54.
Tough SlateThe Sun Devils played a total of 16 games against 11 teams that earned a postseason bid in 2000-01 including 11 games against eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Tennessee, UC Santa Barbara, Denver, Stephen F. Austin, Washington, Stanford, Oregon, North Carolina State) and five against WNIT qualifiers Arizona, Hawaii and Oregon State. The Sun Devils turned in a 3-4 record against ranked teams in 2000-01 with a 67-57 victory over then No. 23/25 Arizona Wildcats Jan. 27, a 73-63 win over then No. 22/21 Oregon Feb. 3 and a 70-67 overtime win over then No. 23 Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 24. Prior to its win over Arizona on Jan. 27, the Sun Devils had not downed a ranked opponent since a 77-76 win over then undefeated and No. 7 Washington at Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 8, 1998.
Big Wins and Great GamesAdvanced to the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, downing Southland Conference champion Stephen F. Austin 67-45 in the first round and falling to then No. 22 North Carolina State 54-51 in the championship game ... lost to then No. 2 Tennessee 67-63 Dec. 27 at Bank One Ballpark ... turned in a school-record seven-game Pac-10 winning streak in January and February, upsetting then No. 21 Oregon and 23rd-ranked Arizona ... also edged then No. 23 Arizona in overtime 70-67 in Tucson, snapping the Wildcats' 13-game home winning streak.
First and Facts About This Season
* The Sun Devils won their first Pac-10 Conference title, clinching a three-way tie with Stanford and Washington, and earned the school's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1992.
* Arizona State won 20 games for the first time since 1991-92, including 12 at home which tied the school record.
* The Sun Devils won seven consecutive Pac-10 games (Jan. 11 to Feb. 8) for the first time in school history and turned in their longest overall winning streak since the 1991-92 squad opened the season with a school-record nine wins.
* ASU defeated USC and UCLA twice, marking the first season sweeps over those schools in school history. With wins at UCLA and USC, Arizona State completed its first Pac-10 Conference road sweep since 1992-93 and notched its first sweep over the Los Angeles schools since 1981-82 and the first ever on the road.
* Arizona State cracked the national top 25 for the first time since 1991-92, was ranked in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1982-83 and finished in tie for 25th in the final Associated Press poll, the team's first ranking in the final poll of the year in 18 years.
* ASU earned its first victory over Arizona in seven years, snapping a 14-game losing streak with its 67-57 win on Jan. 27, and then completed the first season sweep of the Wildcats since 1992-93 with a Feb. 24 win in Tucson, the team's first win at McKale Center in eight tries.
* ASU's win over the No. 22/21 Ducks on Feb. 3 ended an 11-game skid vs. Oregon.
* The Sun Devils upset three ranked opponents which they had not done in a single season since the 1991-92 NCAA Tournament-bound Sun Devils downed No. 17 Kansas, No. 21 Cal and No. 5 Stanford.
* ASU's win at UCLA snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bruins and marked the team's first victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1991-92, while the Sun Devils' victory at Cal also marked the first for the team since that same season.
Last Time OutJunior Melody Johnson turned in a career-best 25 points, but the 11th-seeded Sun Devils saw their season come to a close in an 83-66 loss to Louisiana State March 16 in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.
In the only first-round NCAA Tournament game featuring a pair of teams ranked in the Top 25 polls, the 18th-ranked Lady Tigers trailed early against the No. 25 Sun Devils before going on a 17-8 run that gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Ke-Ke Tardy scored 21 points and Marie Ferdinand added 19 points to lead LSU.
Arizona State went on a 6-0 run to get the score to 50-42 with 15:28 to play, but LSU pushed the lead back to double digits and led by as many as 20 points in the second half.
Johnson led the game with a career-best 25 points for Arizona State, going 8-of-13 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the line. Tardy and Ferdinand each scored 10 points in the first half as the Lady Tigers shot 64 percent from the floor. Junior Amanda Levens added 11 points and a game-high six assists, while freshman Betsy Boardman added 10 points and three steals for the Sun Devils.
Home-Court AdvantageWith a 12-3 home mark in 2000-01, ASU tied the school record for home victories at Wells Fargo Arena, while the team's 80.0 winning percentage in each of the last two seasons ranks second in school history behind the 91.7 percentage of the 1981-82 Sun Devils (11-1). The Sun Devils have turned in an 22-6 mark at home in the last two seasons.
Pac-10 Conference HonoreesHead coach Charli Turner Thorne was named the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year as selected by the league's coaches, ASU's first such honor, while a trio of Sun Devils also earned all-conference honors. Junior center Melody Johnson and junior guard Amanda Levens were named to the All-Pac-10 Conference team, marking the first time in school history that ASU has had two players earn first-team accolades. Arizona was the only other school to have two first-team selections this year. Freshman guard/forward Betsy Boardman was named to the five-player Freshman All-Pac-10 squad, marking the third consecutive season that the Sun Devils have had a player named to the all-rookie team.
In addition, three Sun Devils earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors with junior Leah Combs becoming ASU's first first-team selection since 1990. Senior Natalie Tucker was a second-team honoree for the third time in her career, while sophomore Brett Leonard was an honorable-mention all-academic selection.
Turner Thorne Named WBCA District 8 Coach of the YearCharli Turner Thorne was also one of eight finalists for the 2001 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year Award. As a finalist, Turner Thorne earned the distinction of WBCA District 8 Coach of the Year as selected by WBCA member coaches from that geographical region. Other district winners and national award finalists were Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (District 1), Gail Goestenkors of Duke (2), Carol Ross of Florida (3), Mark Ehlen of Toledo (4), Sherri Coale of Oklahoma (5), Lisa Bluder of Iowa (6) and Elaine Elliot of Utah (7). McGraw was named the 2001 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year.
One Berth Followed By A BirthAnd if Selection Sunday wasn't exciting enough for Charli Turner Thorne, she gave birth to her second son at 4:29 p.m. that afternoon (March 11) in a Valley hospital, less than an hour after the Sun Devils earned their first NCAA bid in nine years.
Liam Turner Thorne, the second child of Turner Thorne and husband Will Thorne, weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and measured 21 1/2 inches long. The couple's first child, Conor Troy Thorne, was born on Feb. 9, 1999.
Turner Thorne coached full-time throughout her pregnancy and checked into the hospital at 8 a.m. on Selection Sunday. The subject of nationwide attention that included an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Turner Thorne coached ASU in the NCAA Tournament, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., with her husband and both sons.
In the RankingsArizona State returned to the national Top 25 at the end of the 2000-01 season, checking in at 25th in both of the national polls. ASU was ranked in five of the last six AP polls but made its first appearance of the year in the March 12 USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. ASU's tie for 25th in the AP poll also marked the first time since 1983 that ASU has been ranked in the final poll of the year.
The Sun Devils climbed as high as 22nd in the Feb. 26 Associated Press poll but dropped out for one week after a pair of losses in Oregon. The Sun Devils were ranked in all 17 polls during the 1982-83 campaign, climbing as high as ninth and finishing at 17th in the final poll. ASU broke into the national top 25 in early February, checking in at 23rd in the Feb. 5 Associated Press poll and marking the team's first national ranking since March 1, 1992 when the Sun Devils were ranked 25th by the Associated Press. As a team, Arizona State has been ranked a total of 39 weeks in the team's history. The Sun Devils spent most of the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons ranked in the national polls (32 straight weeks including all 17 polls in 1982-83).
The 20-Win PlateauASU's 70-58 win over Cal on March 8 marked the 20th win of the season for the Sun Devils, the team's first 20-win season since the 1991-92 squad went 20-9 on the season and just the fifth in the history of ASU women's basketball. ASU's other 20-win seasons came in three consecutive years in the early 1980s under then head coach Juliene Simpson (21-11 in 1980-81, 25-7 in 1981-82, 23-7 in 1982-83). The 1981-82 Sun Devils turned in a school-record 25 wins, falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual national champion Louisiana Tech, while the season before, ASU notched 21 victories and fell to Georgia in the championship game of the National Women's Invitation Tournament.
Levens Sets ASU Single-Season Three-Point MarkWith 60 three-pointers in 2000-01, first-team All-Pac-10 selection Amanda Levens set the school single-season record, surpassing the 56 by Crystal Cobb in 1990-91. After just one season, her 60 treys also already put her into seventh place on the ASU career chart in that category. Levens met success on 41.4 percent of her attempts and shot better from three-point land than she did from the field (41.4 to 38.2 percent). In the last 11 games of the season, she shot 43.9 percent from beyond the arc (29-66), including a career-high 5-of-8 performance at Oregon State on March 3. The 5-9 junior ranked third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage and fourth in three-pointers made (1.94 treys per game). She hit at least three treys in five of the last 11 games of the year and at least one in each of the last 17 games. Her best performance from three-point land was a then career-high 4-of-4 three-pointers in ASU's win over Washington State on Jan. 13, while she surpassed that with a career-best five three-pointers at Oregon State on March 3.
Levens drained at least one three-pointer in 27 games and more than one in 20 of those contests, while freshman Betsy Boardman had at least one trey in 21 games. Boardman hit 36.0 percent of her attempts (36-100) which was good for ninth in the Pac-10, including a stellar 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc vs. Oregon Feb. 3, a 2-of-3 showing at Washington State Feb. 8. and a 2-of-2 effort at Arizona Feb. 24. Her 39 three-pointers rank ninth on the ASU single-season charts.
As a team. Arizona State knocked down 35.3 percent of its three-pointers (135-382), which ranked second in the conference behind Stanford (37.3). The team drained eight treys on three occasions in 2001, which was one shy of the school single-game record of nine treys.
SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTERS MADE1. 60 Amanda Levens 2000-012. 56 Crystal Cobb 1990-913. 52 Ryneldi Becenti 1992-934. 49 Crystal Cobb 1991-925. 47 Molly Tuter 1996-976. 44 Stephanie Freeman 1997-987. 38 Ryneldi Becenti 1991-92 Molly Tuter 1995-969. 36 Betsy Boardman 2000-0110. 34 Rosalind Senior 1988-89 34 Kristine Sand 1999-00
Leader of the PacThe Sun Devils finished the 2000-01 season leading the Pac-10 in two categories: scoring defense (61.5 ppg) and rebounding defense (33.5 rpg). That marked the third straight year that the Sun Devils had led the conference in a defensive category with the 1998-99 and 1999-00 teams pacing the conference in three-point percentage defense.
Tucker's TaleSenior point guard Natalie Tucker started 87 consecutive games, every game of her three-year career at Arizona State. Since transferring to ASU from Texas A&M following the 1996-97 season, Tucker, a three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection who graduated in May with a degree in business management, proved to be a beacon of consistency for the Sun Devils. She led the team in assists in each of the last three seasons, averaging 3.6 assists per game this season and 4.1 per contest in her career. Tucker topped the century mark in assists in each of her three seasons as a Sun Devil including 112 in 2000-01. Tucker finished her career ranked sixth at ASU in career assists (352) and also appears in the career charts in free throw percentage (.756) and three-pointers (66).
Head Coach Charli Turner ThorneSince Charli Turner Thorne took over the reins of the program in 1996-97, the Sun Devils have begun a steady climb back to the national prominence that the team enjoyed in the early 1990s. That climb culminated in 2000-01 when Turner Thorne's Sun Devils captured ASU's first Pac-10 Championship, an NCAA berth, a return to the national rankings and the team's first 20-win season in nine years. The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and District 8 Regional Coach of the Year has improved the team's wins total in each of her five seasons and guided ASU to five consecutive double-digit win seasons in as many years. In 1999-00, Turner Thorne led the Sun Devils to a 14-14 regular-season record and a 7-11 mark in the Pac-10 Conference, both of which marked the school's most victories since 1992-93. Turner Thorne's Sun Devils also earned the team's first postseason appearance in eight seasons, falling to Colorado State 66-54 in Fort Collins, Colo., in the first round of the 2000 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
The Sun Devils' victory over Oregon on Feb. 3 marked the 100th win of head coach Charli Turner Thorne's coaching career and her 60th while at ASU. She has notched a 65-77 record in five seasons at Arizona State and was 40-40 in her three seasons at Northern Arizona. With the team's win over Oregon, Turner Thorne has also led her Sun Devils to victories over every Pac-10 school in her five years at the helm at ASU.
Melody's MusicJunior center Melody Johnson wasted no time in establishing herself as one of the top centers in the Pac-10 and the nation in 2000-01, her first season of action after redshirting last season as a transfer from the University of Colorado. Johnson finished second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring at 14.8 points per game, scoring in double figures in 28 of 31 games including five 20-plus-point performances. In the three games she didn't reach double figures, Johnson scored nine points in two and eight in the other.
A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Johnson led the Sun Devils and finished sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with an average of 7.0 boards per contest. She turned in a team-best five double-doubles and missed the feat by one rebound on six occasions. She also finished third in the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage, knocking down 57.0 percent of her field goal attempts. Her 57.0 clip ranked 20th in the country, while Johnson set a Pac-10 record by connecting on 10-of-10 shots to help ASU to its Feb. 17 victory over UCLA.
Injury UpdateJunior Leah Combs returned to action on March 1 after missing three weeks after suffering a meniscus tear in her left knee vs. Washington on Feb. 10. The 6-2 forward had two points and two rebounds in nine minutes vs. Oregon and followed that up with six points on 3-of-3 shooting and four rebounds in 19 minutes at Oregon State. Combs, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 15, started the first 18 games of the season and was averaging 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game before her injury. After returning from her injury, Combs was on fire, shooting 76.5 percent from the field (13-17) and averaging 5.8 points per game including 11 points and six rebounds in ASU's win over Cal on March 3 and a perfect 4-of-4 effort for eight points in ASU's NCAA Tournament loss to LSU.
Keeping 'Em Off the ScoreboardArizona State led the Pac-10 Conference in scoring defense in 2000-01, allowing just 61.5 points per game. ASU held six opponents to 50 points or less this season including 47 by Cal on Jan. 6 and 51 points by Oregon State on Feb. 1, while four opponents managed 45 points or less (with a season-low 39 by South Florida). ASU held then No. 2 Tennessee to just 67 points, 16.4 points short of the Lady Vols' season average of 83.4, while conference scoring leader Arizona had just 57 and 67 points in both games against the Sun Devils compared to its season average of 78.8. Prior to ASU's 58-47 win at Cal, the last time ASU held a Pac-10 opponent under 50 points was in 1997-98 with a 69-49 win over Oregon State in Tempe, while 47 is the fewest points for a league opponent since defeating Oregon 79-42 in Tempe on Jan. 30, 1992. Prior to that, ASU had never held a Pac-10 opponent to less than 50 points on the road in 14 years of conference play.
Taking Care of the BallArizona State averaged a Pac-10 low 17.0 turnovers per game in 2000-01 which may not sound so good until you consider that the team had 20.5 turnovers per game in 1999-00. The Sun Devils turned in a season-low nine turnovers vs. La Salle and had 16 or less giveaways in 12 of the team's 31 games. The Sun Devils also won the turnover battle (having fewer turnovers than their opponents) in 20 of 31 games including a 24-21 advantage over then No. 2 Tennessee and a 20-11 edge at then No. 21/22 Stanford. Last year, the lowest turnover total for the team was 13 in their final game of the season in the WNIT vs. Colorado State.
The Sun Devils finished third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin, forcing 2.03 more turnovers than they commited per game. Senior Natalie Tucker, who les the team with an average of 3.6 assists per game (eighth in the Pac-10), finished third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58), while junior Amanda Levens checked in at 10th in the conference in that category (0.97).
Pac-10 Players of the WeekTwo Sun Devils earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2000-01, the third straight year that ASU has had two in a season and the 18th and 19th all-time selections for ASU. Junior Melody Johnson earned the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season after averaging 17.0 points and 7.3 rebounds to lead ASU to a 2-1 record and its runner-up finish in the Rainbow Wahine Classic. Johnson turned in 16 points and eight rebounds in ASU's opening-round win over Stephen F. Austin, shooting 70 percent (7-10) in the game, and then recorded her first double-double as a Sun Devil with a career-best 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. Hawaii. In the championship game vs. No. 22 North Carolina State, Johnson led the team with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Junior Amanda Levens was Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21 after averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in ASU's first road sweep over the Los Angeles schools and its first Pac-10 road sweep since 1992-93. On the weekend, the Belvidere, Ill., native shot 40 percent from three-point range (4-10) and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Against USC, Levens notched a team-high 15 points and recorded a game-high four assists. She matched her scoring effort with 15 points at UCLA, adding seven rebounds in a career-best 34 minutes of play.
Tough on the BoardsArizona State led the league in rebounding defense, allowing just 33.5 boards per game including a season-low 21 by the Oregon Ducks Feb. 3. As a team, ASU averaged just 34.8 rebounds per contest, which was ninth in the league, but won the battle of the boards in 17 of its 31 games and was 14-3 in those games. The team's only losses when outrebounding its opponent came against Washington Jan. 11 in Tempe, at Oregon on March 1 and at Oregon State on March 3. Washington came into the game leading the Pac-10 in rebounding but lost that battle to the Sun Devils 40-35.
Bench ProductionWhile Arizona State's bench turned in a season-low two points at Washington on Feb. 10, the team averaged 14.3 bench points per game this year. ASU was 9-1 on the year when outscoring its opponent's bench (and just 11-10 when being outscored). ASU's reserves turned in a season-high 34 points vs. Cal State Northridge on Dec. 21, while the biggest output in conference play came at UCLA on Jan. 18 with 32 points including a career-high 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from sophomore Brett Leonard. ASU got 16 points from its bench in wins over USC and UCLA, led by senior Aubrey McFadyen who had a season-high 12 points and four rebounds vs. the Bruins. McFadyen paced the bench in scoring again at Arizona Feb. 24 with six points on 3-of-4 shooting.
Junior forward Cian Carvalho broke into the starting lineup vs. Arizona on Jan. 27 after scoring a career-best 16 points to lead the team at UCLA Jan. 18, the third consecutive game that she notched a career scoring best. Carvalho started the last 13 games, finishing fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. Also providing sparks off the bench was junior guard Rainy Crisp who had seven points at USC Jan. 20, a career-best nine vs. Arizona Jan. 27 and six vs. Oregon Feb. 3.
Notes From the Charity StripeASU shot a season-high 86.4 percent from the free throw line on March 8 vs. Cal (19-22) ... Junior Amanda Levens missed a free throw in the first half vs. Stanford on March 10, ending a streak of 16 consecutive free throws made dating back to the second half of the Arizona game Feb. 24 ... This season, the 5-9 guard had streaks of 16 and 17 consecutive free throws ... The Sun Devils got to the line 336 times more than their opponents (753-417) this year, an average of 24.3 attempts per game to just 13.5 for their opponents ... ASU shot just 25 free throws in its games in Oregon (including a season-low 7-of-12 at Oregon on March 3) ... Arizona State turned in a then season-high 80.9 percent performance from free throw line vs. USC on Feb. 15, knocking down 38 of 47 attempts (both numbers were season highs) ... The team's previous season high in that category also came against the Women of Troy when ASU shot 80 percent (16-20) from the line in Los Angeles on Jan. 20 ... ASU knocked down 15-of-15 attempts in the first half and its first 18 of the USC game with its first missing coming six minutes into the second half ... After shooting just 40.9 percent from the free throw line (9-22) in its season opener vs. Texas-San Antonio, ASU shot 66.9 percent from the charity stripe the rest of the year (489-731) ... Levens shot a team-best 79.8 percent from the free throw line (146-183) which was good for third in the Pac-10 ... Levens attempted twice as many free throws as both players ahead of her, while junior Melody Johnson led the Pac-10 in free throw attempts with 213 trips to the charity stripe.
Welcome AdditionsArizona State's top four scorers made their debuts for the Sun Devils in 2000-01, led by junior Amanda Levens, a transfer from Old Dominion University who averaged 15.2 points per game. Junior Melody Johnson, who transferred from the University of Colorado, averaged 14.8 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds, honorable-mention high school All-American Betsy Boardman was third on the team at 11.6 points and junior Cian Carvalho, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community, was fourth on the team with 6.2 points per game and second with 5.1 rebounds per contest. ASU's newcomers were the leading scorers in each of ASU's 31 games, most recently with Levens matching her career high with 28 points at Oregon State on March 3 and turning in 20 points vs. Cal on March 8 and Johnson scoring a game-high 15 points vs. Stanford on March 10 and a career-high 25 in ASU's NCAA Tournament loss to LSU on March 16.
Road WarriorsThe Sun Devils finished the season 7-5 on the road this season, including a 5-4 mark in Pac-10 play. The team's seven road wins matched the 7-5 mark of the 1992-93 squad, while the school record for road victories is nine which was accomplished by the 1980-81 Sun Devils. That team went 9-5 on the road en route to its national runner-up finish in the National Women's Invitational Tournament. With their victory at Cal Jan. 6, the Sun Devils matched their total of three road victories from last season, while the victory at Haas Pavilion was the first for ASU since 1991-92. This season, ASU also swept UCLA (snapping an eight-game skid at Pauley Pavilion) and USC on the road for the first time in school history, and the team won games at Cal, USC and UCLA in a single season for the first time in school history. The Sun Devils also snapped a seven-game losing streak with their overtime victory over Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 24.
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