COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Arizona State women’s basketball team has gotten healthy at the perfect time. Quinn Dornstauder led a balanced attack as the No. 8-seeded Sun Devils beat No. 9-seed Michigan State 73-61 on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State has won at least one game in 10 of its past 11 NCAA appearances and advanced out of the first round for the fourth consecutive year. The Sun Devils (20-12) will face top-seeded South Carolina on Sunday in the second round of the Stockton Regional. The time has not been announced yet.
Sophomore Sabrina Haines scored 15 points, and freshman Reili Richardson added 13 points for the Sun Devils.
Arizona State took charge with a 19-3 run over a 6:03 span of the first quarter. Kiara Russell and Sophie Brunner hit 3’s during the run, as seven different players scored to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 22-8 lead.
The closest the Spartans got the rest of the way was nine points.
A closing 14-3 run to the second quarter gave the Sun Devils a 42-20 lead at the half.
The Sun Devils limited the touches of Michigan State leading scorer Tori Jankoska in the first half. The senior guard came in averaging 22.3 points a game but only scored two points in over the first two quarter on 1-of-3 shooting. She finished with 26 points but it was too little too late.