STANFORD, Calif. – Sophie Brunner (Freeport Aquin) celebrated Valentines Day hitting a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead ninth-ranked Arizona State to a 63-61 overtime win over No. 13 Stanford on Sunday night.
With the win the Sun Devils (22-4, 13-1 Pac-12) remained tied with eighth-ranked Oregon State (22-3, 13-1) atop the Pac-12 standings with four games remaining in the regular season. ASU also tied the program record for road wins in a season (10) and became the first Pac-12 school to ever sweep the regular season home-and-home series against Stanford in consecutive seasons.
For the second time in as many games the Sun Devils were led in scoring by the combination of Brunner, who had a double-double, (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Katie Hempen (12 points). Two nights earlier at Cal the same duo – (Hempen 17 points/14 in the second half) and Brunner (all 11 points in the second half) – combined for 25 of ASU’s 38 points over the final 20 minutes to help break open what was a tie game at the half.
Playing behind for the first time in the game the Sun Devils went to Brunner, who was fouled with nine seconds left. She made one of two free throws to tie the game at 55-55. Stanford’s Lili Thompson and McCall both attempted to win it in the final seven seconds, but both of their shots were off the mark and the game went into overtime.
Brunner’s jumper with 36 seconds remaining once again knotted the score, 61-61. The Sun Devil defense prevented Stanford from reclaiming the lead and got the ball back with 6.7 seconds remaining. Brunner, who one week earlier converted a 3-point play with 1.4 seconds remaining in ASU’s 69-68 win over USC, would be the go-to player again.
In what ended up being a perfectly timed sequence, Brunner gathered in Davis’ bounce pass into the post, turned and let her shot go at the last possible moment for the game-winner.
Brunner’s 14-point, 12-rebound outing represented her second double-double of the season and the 12th of her career. Her other double-double in 2015-16 came on Jan. 4 when she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in ASU win over Stanford in Tempe.
• Has started 69 of 80 career games and is ASU’s active leader in rebounds (558) and steals (115) and No. 2 in points (795).
• Earned All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention and was a member of the Pac-12 Tournament’s All-Tournament Team in 2015. Led the team in field goal percentage (54.3) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) and finished 2nd in scoring (11.9 ppg). In addition, was the only post player among top 10 in the Pac-12 in steals (9th in all games – 1.8 spg and 3rd in conference games – 2.4 spg).
• Earned Pac-12 Freshman honorable mention recognition in 2014 after she played in every game (22 starts) and finished 2nd on the team in FG pct. (49.7) and rebounds (6.4 rpg) and 4th in scoring (7.6 ppg). Notched double figures in scoring 12x and rebounds 8x.
• Has 11 career double-doubles (4 in 2013-14 and 6 in 2014-15, 1 in 2015-16).
• Earned a silver medal playing for the U.S. Pan American Games Team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
• Twice named to the AP’s All-State First-Team during high school career, Brunner had her #21 jersey retired at conclusion of her Aquin HS career after leading her team to back-to-back Class 1A state titles (2012-13).
• Has started all 12 games she has played in and currently leads the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounds (6.7 rpg), FG pct (51.0) and steals (1.9 spg) and is 3rd in assists (2.1 apg).
• Missed six games in November-December after suffering an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of ASU’s 60-58 loss to second-ranked South Carolina in Hawaii (Nov. 27).
• Led ASU with 19 points (8-11 FGs) and 7 rebounds in season opener vs. Kentucky (Nov. 15).
• Scored 7 points and had a season-high 4 steals (most by a Sun Devil this season) at SMU (Nov. 21).
• Scored 6 points, grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds and had 3 steals vs. No. 2 South Carolina (Nov. 27). Suffered ankle injury and left the game with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter. Would go on to miss next 6 games.
• Returned to the lineup on Dec. 19 vs. Marquette and scored 14 points to go along with 4 rebounds.
• Posted 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in ASU’s upset of No. 10 Florida State (Dec. 21).
• Scored 16 points, to go with 7 rebounds, 4 steals and a career-high-tying 5 assists in ASU’s win over Cal (Jan. 2).
• Recorded first double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds) in win vs. Stanford (Jan. 4).
• Just missed second consecutive double-double (15 points/9 rebounds) in win at Washington (Jan 8).
• Was named espnW’s National Player of the week after averaging 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.
• Named All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention and was a member of the Pac-12 Tournament’s All-Tournament Team.
• Earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.
• Started every game and concluded the season as the team leader in rebounding (7.6 rpg – 8th in Pac-12), steals (1.8 spg – 9th in Pac-12), FG pct. (54.3 – 4th in Pac-12) and FTs made (87) & attempted (119), 2nd in scoring (11.9 ppg), 4th in FT pct. (73.1) and 5th in assists (1.2 apg).
• Scored in double figures 23x, including 5 games with 20 or more points. The 24 points she scored at Oregon State (Feb. 13) tied the second-highest individual point total allowed by OSU in 2014-15.
• Scored in double figures in the 2nd half 7x, including 20 vs. Arizona and at OSU and 18 vs. Northwestern.
• Posted 6 double-doubles and grabbed 8 or more rebounds 18x.
• Had 3 or more steals 10x. In addition, had the Pac-12 single-game high for steals in 2014-15 (8 vs. Colorado – Mar. 1). Also, was the only post player among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in steals (9th in all games – 1.8 spg and 3rd in conference games – 2.4 spg).
• Opened season with a 20-point (12-14 FTs), 12-rebound effort in ASU’s win over Middle Tennessee (Nov. 14).
• Scored 22 points (8-15 FGs/6-6 FTs) in win vs. Bakersfield (Nov. 19).
• Named MVP of the ASU Classic (Dec. 20-21) for the 2nd straight season after averaging 18.5 points/9.0 rebounds in wins over Lehigh/Northwestern, who both came into tournament unbeaten. Scored 24 points and tied career high with 13 rebs in win vs. Northwestern.
• Averaged 13.5 points (11-15 FGs/73.3 pct), 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in wins over Washington (Jan. 3) and Washington State (Jan. 5).
• Earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after averaging 17.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg, while shooting 68 percent (21-31) and 90 percent from the foul line (9-10) in ASU’s three wins – vs. Washington State (78-64 – Jan. 5), at Arizona (88-41 – Jan. 8) and vs. Arizona (71-54 – Jan. 10). Scored career-high 26 points in the Jan. 10 game vs. Arizona.
• Posted 4th double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) in win at Colorado (Jan. 30) and followed with career-high 5 assists in win at Utah (Feb. 1).
• Despite first half foul trouble, still grabbed team-high 10 rebounds in win vs. Stanford (Feb. 6).
• Posted 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals vs. Cal (Feb. 8).
• Grabbed 10 boards in consecutive games at Oregon (Feb. 15) and at UCLA (Feb. 20).
• Played 37 minutes and scored game-high 24 points (7-10 FGs, 10-12 FTs, 20 points in second half) at Oregon State (Feb. 13).
• Scored 14 points, to go along with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists and played 45 minutes in ASU’s 2OT win at USC (Feb. 22).
• Was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while connecting on 59 percent of her FGs vs. Washington State (Mar. 6) and Stanford (Mar. 7). Had 5th double-double of the season (14 points/10 rebounds) vs. Stanford.
•Scored 14 points (5-8 FGs) and grabbed 6 rebounds in NCAA First Round win over Ohio (Mar. 21).
• Posted 6th double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) as she scored 14 of her 17 points in the 2nd half of ASU’s 57-54 come-from-behind win over UALR (Mar. 23) in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Was a nominee for the 2015 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®, a prestigious community service award that recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
• 2014 Pac-12 Freshman Honorable Mention
• Played in every game (22 starts) and finished 2nd on the team in FG pct. (49.7) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) and 4th in scoring (7.6 ppg).
• Notched double figures in scoring 12x and rebounds 8x while accounting for 4 double-doubles.
• Averaged 10.5 ppg and shot 57 pct. (9-14) in 2 games vs. Stanford.
• Averaged 10.5 pts/9.5 rebs in ASU’s 2 NCAA Tournament games.
• Connected on 77 percent of her free throws (57-74) in the 13 games in which she attempted 4 or more free throws.
• Tied for team lead with 12 points (6-9 FGs) at San Diego (Nov. 13).
• Earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 9.0 ppg and 6.3 rpg while shooting 82 pct. in helping ASU win its games vs. Illinois, No. 11 UNC and Arkansas State at the Cancun Classic (Nov. 28-30). Recorded her first double-double (10 points/10 rebounds) as she scored all 10 of her points and had 7 of her 10 rebounds in the 2nd half and OT of ASU’s upset of UNC. Also played a big role helping ASU defeat Arkansas State as she scored 11 of her 13 points in the 2nd half.
• Named MVP of the ASU Classic after averaging 16.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 2.5 spg while shooting 78.6 pct. (11-14 FGs) in wins over Sacred Heart (Dec. 7) and Long Beach State (Dec. 8). Tied for team lead with 15 points to go along with 7 rebs vs. Sacred Heart. Scored 12 of her career-high 17 points 2nd half/OT of win over LBSU. Also had 12 rebs.
• Scored 13 points (5-6 FGs, 3-3 FTs) at Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 14).
• Grabbed 11 rebounds (7 offensive) to go along with 4 points in ASU’s win over No. 20 Syracuse (Dec. 30).
• Had 3rd double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) at Wash. (Jan. 3).
• Came 1 point short of double-double (9 points, career-high 13 rebounds) in win vs. UCLA (Jan. 12).
• Scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds and a career-high 4 assists in ASU’s win over No. 15 Cal (Jan. 17).
• Posted her 4th double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds, 5-9 FGs) of the season vs. Stanford (Jan. 20).
• Averaged 10.0 points/5.0 rebounds and connected on 54.5 pct. of her FGs (6-11) and all 8 of her FTs in ASU’s road wins at Utah (Jan. 24) and at Colorado (Jan. 26). With ASU down 62-61 and fewer than 9 seconds left at Utah, calmly knocked down 2 FTs to put ASU up 63-62 in 65-62 win… Scored 8 of her 12 points at Colorado in the 2nd half.
• Scored 10 points in ASU’s win vs. Oregon State (Jan. 31).
• Scored 9 points (4-5 FGs) and had 7 rebounds at Stanford (Feb. 14).
• Was 2 points shy of double-double (8 pts/10 rebs) at Cal (Feb. 16).
• Scored 10 points and was 6-6 from the line at Oregon (Feb. 28).
• Came 1 rebound short of a double-double (14 points, 9 rebounds, 7-9 FGs) in ASU’s NCAA Tournament win over Vanderbilt (Mar. 22).
• Closed her remarkable freshman campaign scoring 7 points and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds vs. Notre Dame in second round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 24).
• A 2013 graduate of Aquin High School (Freeport, Ill).
• Twice named to the AP’s All-State First-Team, Brunner had her No. 21 jersey retired at the conclusion of her Aquin High School after playing a central role in her team winning to back-to-back Class 1A state girls basketball titles (2012-13).
• Set 17 records in Illinois tournament finals play.
• As a senior, averaged 20.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in leading Aquin to a 31-3 record and its second consecutive 1A state title.
• Scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the state 2013 1A final.
• Named to the Champaign News Gazette’s 15-player, all-class first-team as a junior after averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
• In 2012 her play helped lead Aquin to a school-record 32 wins and the Class 1A girls basketball title.
• Averaged 32.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.0 steals, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks in the 2012 state semifinals and championship game.
• Played club basketball for Illinois Elite.
• Major is Educational Studies, Minor is Family and Human Development.
• Parents are Tom and Darcy Brunner.
• Has three siblings: Ellen (21), Gabby (18) and Heath (14).
• Hobbies include hanging with friends & family, laying by the pool, snowmobiling, and tubing.