TEMPE, Ariz. – ESPNW today announced that Arizona State junior forward Sophie Brunner has been named its national player of the week.
Brunner is coming off a week in which she averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field in wins over then-ninth-ranked Stanford, Washington and Washington State. In addition to what she did on the offensive end, Brunner was also one of ASU’s biggest contributors on the defensive end where the Sun Devils gave up an average of only 45.0 points in the three games.
Brunner started the week by notching her first double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds) in ASU’s 49-31 win over Stanford. Brunner and her Sun Devil teammates came up with an outstanding defensive effort in holding Stanford to its lowest point total in program history.
In Friday’s win at Washington, Brunner came up just short of her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Brunner scored 11 points in the second half and played all but three minutes of the last two quarters in helping ASU pull away for a 68-61 win.
Brunner wrapped up the week by posting eight points and seven rebounds in ASU’s 63-45 win at Washington State on Sunday. Brunner helped the Sun Devils break open what was a tie game at the half as ASU outscored the Cougars 39-21 over the final 20 minutes. All eight of Brunner’s points came in the second half.
ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every week of the women's college basketball season.
Brunner is the second Sun Devil to earn a weekly national award this season. Last month senior guard Arnecia Hawkins was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week for her performance in ASU’s upset of then-No. 10 Florida State on December 21.
Winners of their last 10 games and ranked No. 10 in this week’s AP Top 25, the the Sun Devils return to action on Friday (11 a.m. MT) when they host Colorado in the program’s annual Sparky’s Kids to College Field Trip Game. The game will be streamed at http://pac-12.com/live/arizona-state-university and can be heard on the Sun Devil Athletics Tune In channel. Two days later (Sunday at noon MT), ASU will host Utah at Wells Fargo Arena.