Arizona State University head coach Charli Turner Thorne had a feeling about Quinn Dornstauder and she was right.
Dornstauder exploded for a career-high 25 points as ASU erased a 10-point deficit in the first quarter to win by 20, 77-57 over Washington in front of 3,244 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. Her plus-minus – a metric measuring how a team fares with a specific player on the court vs. off – was an eye-popping plus 41.
With its sixth consecutive win and 21st in the last 22 games, ASU (24-4, 15-1 Pac-12) remains at least tied for first in the conference with No. 7 Oregon State, which played later at home against No. 12 UCLA. There are two regular-season games remaining. ASU closes at USC and UCLA and Oregon State is away against No. 15 Stanford and California.
Dornstauder had just two points at the end of the first quarter when ASU trailed 21-12 and eight at halftime when the Huskies still led 30-28. In the second half, she scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting while also finishing with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench. Her previous scoring high was 22 against Stanford last season. She came into Sunday averaging 8.9 points with a season-high 21 against SMU on Nov. 21.
No one seems to know exactly why Dornstauder isn’t a more consistent double-figure scoring threat.
“I’m trying to figure that out myself,” she said. “Like with anyone when you can get into a good flow, it just comes. Mostly when you can relax and play your game, that’s the key for me.”
ASU still trailed 38-37 midway through the third quarter when Washington guard Kelsey Plum took down Dornstauder with a flagrant foul. Dornstauder made 1-of-2 free throws and on the ensuing possession fed Sophie Brunner for a layup, triggering a 15-0 run that clinched a Senior Day victory.
Guards Katie Hempen and Elisha Davis combined for 22 points and 15 assists, many of their feeds going to Dornstauder or Brunner, who scored 11.