Sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu is the new NCAA record holder in triple-doubles after picking up the eighth of her career in Oregon’s 94-83 win over the Washington Huskies Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Ionescu led the Ducks with 24 points and added a career high 14 rebounds and 10 assists to set the new benchmark.
With 1:50 remaining in the game and a double-double already in hand, Ionescu fed Lexi Bando in the right corner for a three ball to pick up her 10th assist.
Washington tested the Ducks throughout, sinking 31-62 (50%) from the floor and were particularly dangerous from behind the arc, sinking 11 of 25 attempts.
The Ducks built a 44-24 advantage on the boards, including a 22-8 margin on the offensive glass, good for 29 second chance points. Oregon outscored the Huskies 40-20 in the paint.
Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds to post a double, Bando pitched in 20 points while freshman Sabou Satally contributed 13 points and seven assists.
With the sweep of the Washington schools, the Ducks are now at 13-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The win was also the 500th of head coach Kelly Graves career.
“It’s pretty special. I’ve been really blessed to coach great players,” said Graves of his milestone. “I’ve never scored a point, made a rebound or gotten an assist. I’ve just had great players, and I’ve been really blessed for a long time. But this is pretty cool.”
Ionescu was equally sanguine in her response to setting the NCAA record. “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest,” she said. “I don’t think I really realized that I just broke it. But I’m just happy that we won tonight and got better, and that Coach Graves got his 500th win. That’s important to him and important to us, and to all his teams from the past … As long as we continue to win, that’s what’s important to me; the triple-doubles just come. … It was nice to be able to start off the Pac-12 games healthy and at full force. It was hard last year; we had to dig ourselves out of a hole at 0-3. We’re excited to be 2-0.”
Up next the Ducks travel to Los Angeles to face USC on Friday at 8:00 pm and then UCLA on Sunday, beginning at 5:00 pm. Both games will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, January 12th to host Arizona with the opening tip set for 8:00 pm.
~ Rick Morgan