Arizona State vs Wisconsin
March 16, 2002
6 pm
Memorial Gym


Senior Cian Carvalho hit four free throws in the final 27.1 seconds as ninth-seeded Arizona State rallied to beat Wisconsin 73-70 Saturday night in the first round of the Midwest Regional for the Sun Devils' first NCAA tournament victory since 1983. No. 8 seed Wisconsin, which lost in the opening round for a third straight year, led by as many as 14 in the first half. The Badgers have not won in the opening round since 1996, while the Sun Devils rallied from a 14-point deficit, giving the team their fourth straight come-from-behind win.

ASU struggled from the field in the first half, knocking down just 30 percent of its shots in the first half (10-33). The Sun Devils hit 19-of-29 (65 percent) in the second half. Arizona State had led only on the opening basket until senior Melody Johnson, playing with three fouls, keyed an 18-8 run with 10 points. She tied it at 65 with four minutes left, scored again for a 67-65 lead and put the Sun Devils up 69-65 with her next bucket. Wisconsin, ranked as high as No. 5 in January, took its final lead on Jessie Stomski's bucket with 47.4 seconds remaining. Johnson missed a shot on the other end, and Carvalho was fouled by Tamara Moore trying to score on the putback. She hit the free throws for a lead ASU would not lose again. Kyle Black missed a shot driving across the lane, and the rebound turned into a tie-up with Arizona State getting possession. Carvalho was fouled one more time, and she sealed the victory with two free throws with 2.6 seconds to go. Carvalho finished with a career-high 24 points, Johnson had 18 for Arizona State and senior Amanada Levens had 13 of her 14 in the second half. Stomski finished with 19 for Wisconsin, while Moore had 15.


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