By Jeffrey Donley
TEMPE, Ariz. – Quinn Dornstauder scored a career-high 13 points and provided an early burst of energy off the bench to lead the 19th-ranked Arizona State women’s basketball team past No. 15 California, 68-59, Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Sun Devils remained perfect at home and beat their third top-25 opponent of the year to improve their record to 15-2 on the season and 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference games. Cal falls to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in conference, and its 19-game regular-season conference winning streak was snapped.
In addition to Dornstauder’s career day, Promise Amukamara and Deja Mann also scored in double-figures, with 11 and 10 points respectively. Sophie Brunner had the top rebounding numbers for the Sun Devils, pulling in eight boards to go along with five points and four assists. Kelsey Moos and Adrianne Thomas each added eight points.
In a similar fashion to the first half, Cal jumped out to a quick start in the second half, to take a 38-34 lead, which quickly was erased by an 8-0 scoring run that the Sun Devils put together to regain the lead, 42-38, forcing Cal to call a timeout with 10:06 remaining in regulation.
ASU held the Bears scoreless for more four minutes, and although Cal broke its scoring drought, Katie Hempen hit the only Sun Devil 3-pointer of the day to force the Bears to call another timeout, trailing 49-40, with 7:42 left in the second half. The Sun Devils extended their run to 15-2 over 5:05 at the point of the timeout.
This proved to be the key stretch in the game, as ASU would hold on to a lead for the remainder of the game. Although the Sun Devils had a 10-point lead with 7:06 remaining in the game, Cal rallied to cut the lead to five points down the stretch, but was unable to get any closer.
Reshanda Gray led Cal in scoring and rebounding, recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but her efforts were not enough to lead Cal to a victory. Afure Jemerigbe also had 16 points, and Brittany Boyd tallied 11 points before fouling out.
Although statistics were fairly even across the board, Arizona State held a slight advantage in field goal percentage, shooting 42.9-percent (24-56) compared to the 40-percent (22-55) clip posted by the Bears. The Sun Devils narrowly outrebounded Cal, holding a 40-37 advantage. ASU distributed the ball well, tallying 15 assists, and scored 26 bench points.
Gray got her team off to a quick start, scoring eight early points and leading the Bears to a 10-2 scoring run to start the game. ASU responded with a 10-4 run of its own to pull within two points, 14-12, with 13:04 remaining in the half. Dornstauder provided the key spark to the run, scoring six points on three-for-three shooting from the floor.
Arizona State fought for its first lead of the day, 17-15, by holding Cal scoreless for just over three minutes of play. Brunner converted a three-point play following the under-eight official timeout to put the Sun Devils on top with 7:14 remaining in the opening half.
The back-and-forth battle continued through the end of the first half, as neither team was able to put together a significant run heading into the break, which resulted in a 27-26 Sun Devil lead after Mikayla Lyles hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to narrow Cal’s deficit.
Dornstauder led all scorers at the break, with 10 points, and Brunner added five points and had a first half high seven rebounds and four assists for the Sun Devils. Gray had eight points, but played limited minutes with foul trouble, to lead Cal in scoring at the break.
The Sun Devils will now turn their attention to a showdown against the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on Monday at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be televised lived by Pac-12 Networks.