Dornstauder’s Career-Best Effort Leads Sun Devil WBB Over Illinois State
NORMAL, Ill. – Quinn Dornstauder scored a career-high 19 points, Promise Amukamara added 14 and Sophie Brunner gave her hometown fans plenty to cheer about as she scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in ASU’s 89-44 win over Illinois State.
Tuesday night’s game was a homecoming for Illinois natives Brunner and Katie Hempen as more than 300 fans came out to cheer for them and the Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils (8-1) shot 51 percent from the field while limiting Illinois State (0-8) to 34 percent. ASU also enjoyed a 45-30 advantage in rebounds, including 18-7 in offensive boards, which led to 18 second-chance points. The Sun Devils also scored 29 points off the 25 turnovers they forced.
Dornstauder, who had her first double-figure scoring performance of the season (10 points) in ASU’s win over UC Davis on Saturday, was 9-of-12 from floor on Tuesday.
Also having a big role in the win was Elisha Davis, who had a career-high 11 assists (zero turnovers), to go along with four steals, three rebounds and two points.
Dornstauder and Eliza Normen each led ASU with seven points in the first half as the Sun Devils built a 17-point halftime lead, 41-24. The first 20 minutes were punctuated by several stops and starts as the two teams were whistled for a combined 25 fouls. The Sun Devils got the better of it as they connected on 11-17 free throws while Illinois State was 6-14.
Dorstauder scored 13 of her points in the second half as the Sun Devils used several runs to eventually build their lead to 49 points.
By game’s end, all 11 Sun Devils that played found their way into the scoring column. In addition to Dornstauder, Normen (nine points), Arnecia Hawkins (nine points) and Ayanna Edwards (six) came off the bench for significant contributions. For the game, the Sun Devil bench outscored the starting five 48-41. Normen and Kelsey Moos tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
For the third straight game the Sun Devils posted more than 20 assists. After posting 23 assists in each of their previous two wins, the Sun Devils recorded 21 more on Tuesday.
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