TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University women’s basketball players Sophie Brunner, Elisha Davis, Sabrina Haines, Katie Hempen and Kelsey Moos were recognized by the Pac-12 on Monday as the conference announced its annual awards for the 2015-16 season as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Brunner, Davis and Hempen were named to the conference’s 15-member All-Pac-12 Team. Davis (Pac-12 All-Defensive Team), Brunner (Pac-12 Defensive honorable mention) and Moos (Pac-12 Defensive honorable mention) were recognized for their exceptional contributions on the defensive end and Haines was named All-Freshman honorable mention.
All five players have played a major role in helping the No. 10 Sun Devils finish as regular season Pac-12 co-champions, the program’s first league title since 2001.
Brunner has started all 24 games she has played in this season (missed six games earlier in the season due to injury) and currently leads the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounds (7.4 rpg), FG pct (54.2) and steals (1.8 spg) and is third in assists (1.9 apg). A starter 81 of 92 career games, Brunner is ASU’s active leader in rebounds (655 - 6th on ASU’s all-time list - needs two to pass Jovonne Smith/1989-93 for 5th place and five to pass Kristen Kovesdy/2002-05 for 4th place) and steals (134) and No. 2 in points (923). Brunner, who has averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the floor in ASU’s last five games, has posted four double-doubles this season. On Feb. 7, Brunner was responsible for the game-winning 3-point play in ASU’s 69-68 win over USC. Two weeks later (Feb. 21) Brunner scored the game-winner at the buzzer in ASU’s 63-61 overtime win at Stanford. Brunner’s seven steals vs. Arizona (Jan. 22) are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player this season.
Davis’ ability to be an outstanding facilitator and defender have been paramount components in ASU’s success this season. Davis has started every game this season and currently leads ASU in assists (4.9 apg/fourth in the Pac-12), is second in 3-pointers (31) and steals (1.5 spg) and fifth in rebounding (2.4 rpg). A starter in 69 of 129 career games (67 straight starts), Davis is currently No. 2 on ASU’s all-time list for career assists (466) and third on ASU’s all-time list for most career assists in the NCAA Tournament (22). Davis has dished out five or more assists 17 times this season, including a career-high-tying 11 vs. Marquette (Dec. 19). Davis, who has scored in double figures 12 times this season, has also had 15 games with two or fewer turnovers. She has also scored 10 or more points in the second half four times: at SMU (15), vs. Florida State (10), at Washington (10) and at Oregon (10).
Hempen has started every game and currently leads the team in 3-pointers (58) and 3-point FG percentage (43.3-4th in Pac-12), is second in assists (2.7 apg) and third in scoring (9.4 ppg). A starter in ASU’s last 64 contests, Hempen became ASU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals this season as she passed Kylan Loney’s career record of 161 triples in ASU’s win over UCLA on Feb. 5, a game in which Hempen scored a season-high 20 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. Hempen, who last season set the program’s single-season record with 76 3-pointers, has made 178 triples in her ASU career. This season Hempen has scored in double figures 18 times (led or tied for team lead in scoring eight times) and has knocked down three or more 3-pointers 10 times. During ASU’s recent seven-game winning streak, Hempen was ASU’s leader in scoring average (12.7 ppg). She connected on 53.2 percent of her FGs (33-62), including 51 percent of her 3-pointers (18-35) during that stretch.
Moos has started all 25 games she has played in (missed five games due to injury) and is currently second on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg), offensive rebounds (2.3 rpg) and FG percentage (45.2) and is third in steals (1.4 spg). Moos has grabbed five or more rebounds 17 times, including a career-high-tying 12 boards at Stanford (Feb. 16). Earlier this season Moos scored a season-high 17 points (4-6 FGs/6-6 FTs, knocked down career-high 3 triples) and grabbed six rebounds in ASU’s win at Oregon (Jan. 29). Moos’ contributions on the defensive end have played a major role in helping the Sun Devils rank amongst the Top 20 teams in the nation in scoring defense throughout the season. A starter in 85 of 87 career games, Moos earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention notice in 2014.
Haines has played in every game and currently leads the team in free throw percentage (86.0/37-43), is third in 3-point FG pct. (33.3/14-42) and fourth in 3-pointers (14). ASU’s leader among first-year players in scoring (5.3 ppg), Haines has scored in double figures four times this season, including a career high 19 points to go with a career high six rebounds in ASU’s win at Washington State on Jan. 10. In the game against the Cougars, Haines scored 14 points in the second half.
The Pac-12 will announce the Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards on this evening’s ‘Pac-12 Sports Report,’ airing at 7 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network. In addition to the annual Conference honors, Pac-12 Networks will also announce the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball All-Century team.
The Sun Devils (25-5, 16-2 Pac-12) will be the No. 2 seed in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. They will open play in the tournament on Friday (11:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. MT) when they will face either Utah (No. 7 seed) or California (No. 10 seed) in the quarterfinal round. The game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks and heard on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.