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Oregon Women's Basketball

Sabrina Ionescu a Naismith Award Finalist

March 20, 2020
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Via Oregon Communications

EUGENE, Ore. – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Friday morning that Oregon women’s basketball senior Sabrina Ionescu has been named one of four finalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding women’s college basketball player for the 2019-20 season.

 

Ionescu is a Naismith Trophy finalist for the second year in row and is looking to become the first Oregon player ever to take home the prestigious honor. The other three finalists for the 2020 Naismith Trophy are Lauren Cox (Baylor), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina) and Rhyne Howard (Kentucky).

 

Ionescu finished off a historic career with a stellar senior season and has been named an Associated Press first-team all-American and the Pac-12 player of the year – receiving each honor for the third straight year – while also completing a four-year sweep on the all-Pac-12 team.

 

In addition to the Naismith Trophy, Ionescu has been a mainstay on watch lists for other major national player of the year honors such as the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy, both of which she won as a junior. The Walnut Creek, Calif., native is also a top-five finalist once again for the Nancy Lieberman Award as she aims to join Sue Bird as the only players to be named the national point guard of the year three times.

 

Beginning on Friday, fans will have a chance to vote for their favorite finalist through April 1, by visiting naismithfanvote.com to cast their ballot. The fan vote will account for five percent of the overall vote. The 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year is scheduled to be announced on Friday, April 3. The four finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, comprised of leading journalists from around the country, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners, all of whom base their selections on outstanding on-court performances during the 2019-20 regular college basketball season.

 

SABRINA IONESCU – Senior Season at a Glance

Ionescu capped one of the greatest careers of all-time with arguably her best season as a senior. The three-time Pac-12 player of the year matched her own NCAA single-season record with eight triple-doubles to extend her all-time record for both women and men to 26, and she became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 assists (1,091) and 1,000 rebounds (1,040). The Walnut Creek, Calif., native led the nation with a career-high 9.1 assists per game as a senior while averaging 17.5 points and a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game, and she was fourth nationally with a 3.05 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ionescu closed her historic career by being named the Pac-12 Tournament most outstanding player for the second time after averaging 23.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in three contests, headlined by a 31-point performance in the semifinals vs. No. 13 Arizona. Ionescu scored in double figures 32 times in 33 games while posting 10 games of 20 points or more and two of 30 points or more, highlighted by a career-high 37-point performance against No. 3 Stanford on Jan. 16. The senior superstar posted a career-best 51.8 field-goal percentage while leading the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage (92.1), and she broke the UO record for consecutive free throws made with 34. Ionescu finished with a career-high 20 double-doubles to tie for fourth-most in the nation, including 14 in the final 20 games of the season. Ionescu closes her storied career at No. 4 on the NCAA women’s basketball all-time assists list, and she is the Oregon all-time leader in points, assists, three-point field goals (329) and double-figure scoring games (134).

 
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