TEMPE, Ariz. – It may have been Senior Day for the No. 9 Arizona State women’s basketball team, but it was a career day from junior center Quinn Dornstauder that made the difference in the Sun Devils’ 77-57 win over Washington on Sunday.
Dornstauder finished with a career-high 25 points – the most scored by a Sun Devil this season – and five rebounds, while senior Katie Hempen added 11 points and a career-best nine assists. Senior Elisha Davis (11 points, six assists) and junior Sophie Brunner (11 points, seven rebounds) also scored in double-figures for the Sun Devils (24-4, 15-1 Pac-12), who will enter the final weekend of the regular season with at least a share of first place in the Pac-12.
“Quinn was on fire all week so I was pretty confident that she was going to go off today,” ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “After the first quarter I thought we did a great job of settling down, getting our defense going and playing great Sun Devil basketball.”
ASU shot 50 percent for the game (54.5 percent in the second half) and had a 35-27 advantage on the boards. The Sun Devil scored 24 points off of Washington’s 19 miscues, representing the 10th time this season they have scored 20 or more points off of turnovers.
The Devils found themselves trailing by nine points after the opening quarter thanks in large part by some hot shooting from the Huskies, who made five of eight three-point attempts in the first 10 minutes of play to take a 21-12 lead.
But it was all ASU in the final three quarters. The Sun Devils outscored Washington 16-9 in the second quarter before ripping the game open for good in the third.
Washington took what would turn out to be its final lead, 38-37, on a layup from Katie Collier with 5:40 left in the third. Dornstauder was flagrantly fouled by Kelsey Plum on ASU’s next possession and sank one of two free throws to tie the game at 38.
The Sun Devils scored the next 14 points, capped off by a three from Elisha Davis to take a 52-38 lead with 2:15 left in the third. Washington was able to cut the lead to nine, 56-47, after Plum hit a jumper with 8:44 left to play, but Hempen knocked down a three on ASU’s next possession to push the lead back to 12.
Plum led Washington with 25 points, but shot just 7-21 (33 percent) from the floor and turned the ball over seven times. Talia Walton added 13 points and five rebounds for the Huskies (18-9, 9-7 Pac-12).
Sunday’s game was the final regular season contest at home for seniors Peace Amukamara, Davis, Arnecia Hawkins, Hempen and Eliza Normen. All five players were given a standing ovation by the crowd when they were subbed out with 1:12 remaining in the game.
Up next for the Sun Devils is a two-game road trip to Los Angeles, where they will wrap up their regular season against USC (Friday at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks/NBC Sports Radio AM 1060) and UCLA (Sunday at 11 a.m. PT/noon MT on Pac-12 Networks/NBC Sports Radio AM 1060).