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Oregon Women's Basketball

Sabrina Ionescu Named AP Player of the Year

March 23, 2020
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Via Oregon Communications

EUGENE, Ore. – A few days after being named an Associated Press first-team all-American for the third straight year, Oregon women’s basketball senior Sabrina Ionescu on Monday was unanimously selected as the AP women’s national player of the year.

Ionescu is the first Duck ever to win AP national player of the year, and she joins Breanna Stewart (2016) as the only unanimous winners in history.

"That's pretty crazy. Someone I look up to and have a good relationship with," Ionescu told the AP after learning the news. "To be in that class with her is an honor."

The Wooden Award and Wade Trophy winner last season, Ionescu has now been named the AP and ESPN.com national player of the year after her stellar senior season. The Walnut Creek, Calif., native was named the Pac-12 player of the year for the third straight year and completed a four-year sweep of all-Pac-12 honors.

Ionescu is a top-four finalist for the Naismith Trophy and has appeared on every watch list once again for the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy. Ionescu is also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award, which she has won the last two years.

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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