UCLA Drops Decision To ASU, 64-42
Feb. 16, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State senior Amanda Levens had 13 points and tieda career high with nine assists to lead Arizona State to a 64-42 victoryover UCLA on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
With the victory, Arizona State improved to 21-7 overall and 12-5 in thePac-10 and maintained sole possession of second place in the Pac-10. Thewin also marked the eighth straight victory at Wells Fargo Arena, whilethe Sun Devils set a school record with a 13-2 record at home thisseason. ASU had turned in 12 home wins in each of the previous twoseasons.
Arizona State took an early lead in the ball game and never looked back.The Sun Devils extended their lead with double digits late in the firsthalf and led by as many as 14 points with 1:17 to play en route to a30-18 halftime advantage. Levens had nine points and three assists inthe first half, while sophomore Jen Albert came off the bench to knockdown a pair of three-pointers and block a shot.
In the second half, UCLA made a small run, cutting the lead to 10 pointson two occasions, the second when sophomore Gennifer Arranaga knockeddown a jumper to make it 38-28 with 12:31 to play. Arizona State,however, answered with an 11-0 run to go up by 21 points to make it49-28 with 7:56 left. The Bruins never got closer than 17 points as theSun Devils notched their 21st victory of the season, marking the sixthstraight season that ASU has improved its wins total from the seasonbefore as well as the most victories for the team since 1982-83.
Levens led the team with 13 points, tied her career high with nineassists and matched a season high with four steals. She also tiedsophomore Betsy Boardman for the team lead with five rebounds. Boardmanadded nine points, while Albert and senior Melody Johnson each hadscored eight, Albert on 3-of-4 shooting. Albert also finished the gamewith a career-high two blocks and tied her career best with fourrebounds.