TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University’s Sophie Brunner was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, according to an announcement by the league office on Monday.
Brunner, a 6-1 forward from Freeport, Ill., averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while connecting on 82 percent of her shots in helping the Sun Devils win their games vs. Illinois, No. 11 North Carolina and Arkansas State at this past weekend’s Cancun Classic.
Brunner, who had been slowed recently by an ankle injury she sustained in ASU’s win at Texas Tech on Nov. 17, came up especially big in ASU’s wins over North Carolina and Arkansas State.
Against North Carolina, Brunner recorded the first double-double of her career (10 points, 10 rebounds) as she scored all 10 of her points and had seven of her 10 rebounds in the second half and overtime of ASU’s upset of the Tar Heels.
One day after ASU upset UNC, Brunner played a big role helping the Sun Devils defeat Arkansas State as she scored 11 of her career-high 13 points in the second half. Brunner scored seven points and had four of ASU’s five rebounds (including three offensive) in the final five minutes to help the Sun Devils edge the Red Wolves, 69-66.
Brunner averaged 11.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while connecting on 78 percent of her shots (7-9) and 75 percent of her free throws (9-12) in the final two games of the tournament vs. UNC and Arkansas State.
Brunner currently leads the Sun Devils in field goal percentage (.654) and is third in rebounds (5.3 rpg).