Oregon Basketball

Ionescu Adds to Her Record

December 21, 2018

Remember when Sabrina Ionescu had the all-time career NCAA triple-double lead with 13? Yeah, that was a wild time. That record barely lasted 24 hours as today, Ionescu recorded her second straight triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.

Sabrina has really cemented herself as the best women’s basketball player in Oregon history, and by the time her career is over, she’ll be considered the greatest ever to play basketball for the University of Oregon. Realistically, you could call her the greatest NOW and not a lot of people would dispute it. She has just been that good throughout her entire career.


Another win for Oregon in dominating fashion means a lot of good tings happened, right? And yes, you would be very, very correct.

Let’s start with Ruthy Hebard, who finished the game 23 points and 15 rebounds and was dominant the entire game. Although entering the game with a 9-1 record, UC-Irvine was not very good; Ruthy had such a size advantage the entire game, nothing was really contested. Hebard received a lot of great looks from Ionescu, mostly off of the pick and roll.

Ruthy shot 11 of 12 from the field. That continues continues her trend of shooting the ball at a high percentage, as at one point she had hit 19 consecutive shots over two games.

That streak ended today, but Duck fans all remember her streak of 33 consecutive made shots just last year. Hebard has the ability to get somewhere near that record any time she steps on the court.

Alongside Hebard on the frontline was Satou Sabally, who had a phenomenal performance. Sabally finished the day with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. She was aggressive from the opening tip, and the Anteaters had no chance of stopping her.

Sabally really showed her ability to finish at the rim while taking on contact. In my opinion, she is one of the better finishers this Ducks team has. That knack, along with her ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the rim at her height, is something that is hard to find anywhere.

Now for Sabrina. Ionescu was fantastic in this game – it seems like an everyday thing – but she really put her court vision on display today. Her scoring ability was lacking, but she had no need to go out and do that. Her 13 points ware quite enough to win this game (obviously) and her 14 assists made the game easy for Oregon.

What's more, each assist was the just right pass. Ionescu has this innate ability to draw the defense to one side of the court or one teammate and find another teammate on the other side, wide open for an easy look.

Ionescu led a terrific fastbreak, finishing it with an over-the-shoulder pass that led Sabally to an open look. At the time of the pass, Sabally was well-covered, but the lane was clearly open. Ionescu led Sabally just enough, so that as soon as Satou caught it, one dribble was all she needed to get right to the rim.

Erin Boley had a nice game today, finishing with 17 points on 3 of 6 shooting from downtown, and 7 of 11 overall from the field. The sophomore transfer was efficient and looked confident in all of her shots.

I do have a theory; Boley played in front of her family today, and she looked fantastic. It was reminiscent of playing at Michigan State, where Boley torched the nylon -- in front of her family. If I’m coach Kelly Graves, I’m trying to get Boley’s family to every game.

Fun fact: Three Oregon players today finished with at least a double-double: Ionescu, Hebard and Maite Cazorla. That’s right, Cazorla finished with 13 points and 10 assists.

Cazorla has really played some good basketball in these last couple of days. She played her heart out against Mississippi State, and rightfully so got a rest day against Air Force yesterday.

In another mop-up assignment, the bench of Taylor Chavez, Oti Gildon and Lydia Giomi combined for 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Giomi had a really great game, finishing with 6 points and 11 rebounds the latter a career high.


If I really had to search to find a bad stat to put here, but I would say free throws and giving up offensive rebounds. Oregon only went 8 for 13 from the line, good for just 61.5 percent. The Ducks allowed 16 offensive rebounds, but also pulled down 40 defensive rebounds. The Anteaters really loved to run and gun, but shot just 33 percent clip, so there were rebounds all around.

No ugly section today, as the Ducks have now rattled off four straight wins and won the last two games by a combined 92 points. The Ducks' next match-up is a exhibition game against Concordia University on December 30. After that comes Pac-12 play, starting off against the Huskies of Washington on January 4. The game is in Matthew Knight Arena at 6 p.m.

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