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Kansas women hit road for second Pac-10 foe: Arizona State

December 5, 2001

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Four days after falling to Oregon, Kansas will face another Pac-10 school, Arizona State.

The Jayhawks (3-4) will take on the Sun Devils (6-2) at 8 tonight at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

Like the Ducks, Arizona State is receiving points in both polls, has a guard, senior Amanda Levens, who puts up big numbers and a post player, senior center Melody Johnson, who contributes.

Levens leads the team with 17.9 points per game and Johnson is second on the team with 12.2 points and tops with 6.1 rebounds per game.

The two teams, who have played each other just twice before, aren't short on connections.

Senior guard KC Hilgenkamp, who leads Kansas with 13.1 points per game, and ASU guard Cian Carvalho were teammates at Hutchinson Community College in 1999-2000. They helped Hutchinson compile a 45-18 record over two seasons.

Johnson is no stranger to the Jayhawks. She transferred from Colorado after playing against Kansas four times and averaging six points per game.

But it will take more than familiarities for the Jayhawks to win.

Kansas must at least equal its performance against Oregon. The Jayhawks never trailed by more than seven points in a 67-60 loss.

Kansas outrebounded the taller Ducks and will need to do the same against the Sun Devils.

"We're getting better," KU coach Marian Washington said. "We're coming together as a team and gelling now.

"We just need to get five players who are on the same page at the same time on the court."

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