Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Former ODU guard coaching in the postseason

Hey, ODU fans, remember Amanda Levens?

The former Lady Monarch point guard, who transferred to Arizona State after two years at ODU, is now the coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Cougars (18-11), playing in the Ohio Valley Conference, had their first winning season in Division I. As the team is in its final transition year in making the move to Division I, SIU Edwardsville was ineligible for the conference tournament and therefore the NCAA Tournament.

In Levens' first year, the Cougars were 5-24. Then 8-21 and last year, 11-19. The Cougars were finished to pick eighth in their conference. Instead, Levens was voted Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

On Tuesday SIU Edwardsville was invited to the 16-team Women's Basketball Invitational Tournament. They will host Wright State (20-12).

Prior to being named coach of SIU Edwardsville, Levens was an assistant at Nevada-Las Vegas.

Levens was named All-PAC 10 in her two years at Arizona State, where she was an honorable mention All American. The Belvidere, Ill., native played for Old Dominion from 1997-99. When Levens signed with ODU in 1996, she anticipated Ticha Penicheiro not returning for a final year. Penicheiro played a fourth year and Levens transferred to Arizona State.

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