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No. 9 Sun Devil WBB Defeats Washington State for Fifth Straight Win
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 02/19/2016
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Sophie Brunner recorded her 13th career double-double and the No. 9 Arizona State women’s basketball won its fifth consecutive game, defeating Washington State 61-39 on Friday night.

Brunner finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Arnecia Hawkins added 11 points and three assists for the Sun Devils (23-4, 14-1 Pac-12), who remained perfect at home in conference play (8-0).

“I thought that was a great team win,” said ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “We’ve been having a lot of fun.”

The Sun Devils jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back. ASU hit all four of its 3-point attempts in the opening quarter and led 20-15 after the first 10 minutes of play.

ASU started off strong in the second quarter, ripping off a 10-0 run capped off by a layup by Sabrina Haines to take a 30-15 lead with 5:46 left in the first half. Washington State would not draw any closer than 11 the remainder of the contest.

Alexys Swedlund scored nine points to lead the Cougars (12-14, 3-12 Pac-12), who scored 24 points over the final three quarters of the game.

The Sun Devils outrebounded the Cougars 40-29 on Friday. Brunner’s 11 boards led the way for ASU while Kelsey Moos grabbed eight rebounds to go with five points. ASU also recorded 17 assists on its 24 baskets. Katie Hempen, who scored eight points, led ASU with a season-high five assists, her fifth five-assist game of the season.

The Sun Devils will host their final home game of the regular season on Sunday (noon MT/Pac-12 Networks/NBC Sports Radio AM 1060) when they take on Washington. It will be the final regular season home game for Sun Devil seniors Peace Amukamara, Elisha Davis, Arnecia Hawkins, Katie Hempen and Eliza Normen. All five seniors will be honored in a ceremony following the game.

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