She Did It Again!
Sophie made the winning shot in 2013 . . .
. . . Sophie makes in the winning shot in 2016!
From Arizona State University Athletics & Stateline Sports Hub. . .
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.
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