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Brandon leads ASU to 79-54 win over Boston College

November 21, 2011

Final Stats

Kimberly Brandon scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lead Arizona State to a 79-54 win over Boston College on Sunday.

Micaela Pickens (12 points, fives assists and three steals) and Alex Earl (10 points, four assists and three steals) also scored in double figures for the Sun Devils, who moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006-07.

Katie Zenevitch led Boston College (1-2) with 12 points).

The Sun Devils shot 54.7 percent for the game, their highest shooting percentage since shooting 64.6 at Oregon in 2010. ASU also had 25 assists, the most since it had 30 against Northern Arizona in 2008.

Brandon, ASU's returning leading scorer in 2011-12, tied her career high with nine field goals on Sunday while also adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Sun Devils used runs of 13-2 and 8-0 over the first 7:25 of the second half to turn their 34-23 halftime lead into a 25-point advantage, 56-31. Brandon ignited the latter run by scoring the first six points.

The Eagles, who shot 29 percent, would get no closer than 19 points the rest of the game as ASU would go on to shoot 65 percent in the second half.

The Sun Devils got off to a slow start as the Eagles scored six of the first eight points to take a 6-2 advantage 4:27 into the game.

ASU would counter with a 16-2 run to take an 18-8 lead following Earl's 3-pointer with 8:44 left in the first half. Earl led the Sun Devils with five points during the run while Jada Blackwell added four.

The Sun Devils would lead by as many as 11 in the first half after Adrianne Thomas connected on a 3-pointer to put ASU up 23-12.

The Eagles would get as close as six points, however the Sun Devils ended the half with a 7-2 run to lead by 11 at the break. Oliva Major polished off the scoring run by hitting a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the half.

Ten different Sun Devils scored in the first half led by Earl's five points while Kali Bennett, Blackwell, Brandon and Deja Mann added four points each.

Next up for ASU will be a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they will compete in the San Juan Shootout. The Sun Devils will face Illinois on Friday (4 p.m. AT/1 p.m. MT) and Rutgers on Saturday (4 p.m. AT/1 p.m. MT).