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Ionescu, Hebard earn guard and power forward of the year awards

The list of accolades keep coming for sophomores Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 Naismith Starting Five today. Ionescu received the Nancy Lieberman National Point Guard of the Year Award, while Hebard took home the …

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Oregon’s historic season comes to a close in Elite Eight with 84-74 loss to Notre Dame

SPOKANE, Wash. — Oregon head coach Kelly Graves issued a warning twice this weekend that in hindsight proved to be dead on. After their win Friday over Central Michigan, in which the Ducks allowed 22 offensive rebounds, he talked about the importance of rebounding in the next round against the …

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Sabrina Ionescu named to AP All-American first team

For the first time in the Oregon women’s basketball program’s history, a Duck has been selected to the AP’s All-American first team. On Monday, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu earned that honor. She joined South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville’s Asia Durr and Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians as …

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Oregon women’s basketball trounces Minnesota 101-73 in second round of NCAA Tournament

With the clock counting down in the first half, Oregon junior guard Maite Cazorla had the ball in hand with her back toward the hoop. She turned away from Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell, turned back around and found Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu open. Ionescu looked at the clock, dropped her …

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Aina Ayuso’s soccer background gives her ankle-breaking abilities

Oregon freshman Aina Ayuso went viral at the Pac-12 Tournament when she crossed over a defender, sending her into the floor while Ayuso proceeded to drive for a layup. https://twitter.com/espn/status/969755530599325696 Then, in Oregon’s NCAA Tournament first round game against Seattle on Friday, she did it again. Bone collector. @AinaAyus did …

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Oregon beats Seattle 88-45 in first round of NCAA Tournament as Sabrina Ionescu records 10th triple-double

Fans at Matthew Knight Arena began to groan. Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu was boxed out of two rebounds by her own teammates late in the third quarter of the Ducks’ first-round matchup against Seattle in the NCAA Tournament. Ionescu had nine rebounds, 10 assists and 14 points, just one …

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“Triple-double queen” Sabrina Ionescu thrives on competition, looks to tackle Final Four expectations

At Sabrina Ionescu’s first basketball tryout in her hometown of Walnut Creek, California, she was just a middle school student trying to find a place to compete. She didn’t own basketball shoes, but that didn’t stop her from outperforming everyone else in the gym. Ionescu ran past the other players …

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Sabrina Ionescu puts on a show as Oregon women’s basketball wins first ever Pac-12 Tournament title

SEATTLE — With under two minutes to play in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, the section directly behind the Oregon bench stood up and began to chant “MVP” as Pac-12 player of the year and sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu dribbled the ball up the court. “I saw a little twinkle …

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Sabrina Ionescu wins Pac-12 Player of the Year

Oregon women’s basketball guard Sabrina Ionescu is the Pac-12 Player of the Year, announced at the Pac-12’s first All-Conference Awards Show on Tuesday. Ionescu, a sophomore, is the triple-double NCAA career record holder with nine in just two seasons of play. She shot 45.6 percent this year while averaging 6.7 …

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Oregon women’s basketball hangs on in overtime to beat UCLA 101-94

After missing her first of two free throws down 90-89, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu knew she was not going to let her team down. She nailed the second shot, and when the game went to overtime, her renewed competitive fire proved too much for the UCLA. Her 7 points in …

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Oregon owns the paint in win over No. 25 Cal

Sabrina Ionescu screamed in triumph after making an and-1 layup off an offensive rebound by Ruthy Hebard. Oregon was in the middle of a 13-2 run and had just extended its lead 37-23 over No. 25 Cal. Ionescu had her fingerprints all over No. 6 Oregon’s 91-54 win against the Bears …

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Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two

In the words of Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves, sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard is “a nightmare for defenses.” “If you don’t double her, you’re going one-on-one against an elite post,” Graves said. For the past two seasons, the Fairbanks, Alaska native has been the premier forward for the …

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Maite Cazorla’s experience on display as Oregon beats Arizona State

The crowd at Matthew Knight Arena was on its feet after Maite Cazorla assisted and then scored on back-to-back baskets in the second quarter. Over 4,000 people were in attendance to see No. 8 Oregon beat No. 18 Arizona State, 74-64, and witness Cazorla score 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting …

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Oregon survives slow start, beats USC 70-66

For the first time in eight years, the Ducks are 3-0 to start conference play after No. 9 Oregon (14-2, 3-0) came away with a 70-66 win at Southern California (10-4, 0-3). Maite Cazorla, who doubled her season scoring average, had 18 points and six assists on 7-of-12 shooting. She …

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Ionescu ties NCAA tripple-double record as Oregon beats Ole Miss 90-46

Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu tied the NCAA triple-double record after posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the No. 9 Ducks’ 90-46 win over Ole Miss at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday. Ionescu now stands alone atop the Pac-12 for career triple doubles with seven. Her 14 …

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As Ionescu ties assist record, her indispensability becomes even more evident

Another game, another record for Sabrina Ionescu. In Saturday’s 114-87 win over Weber State, Ionescu tied Oregon’s single-game assist record with 14. Her performance once again showed just how valuable she is for the team. “I didn’t even know about this record, to be honest,” Ionescu said. “So I had …

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Ionescu ties Pac-12 triple-double record in 83-68 win over Texas A&M

For the second game in a row, Sabrina Ionescu recorded a triple-double. It’s the sixth of the sophomore’s career, which ties the Pac-12 record. In Oregon’s first road game of the season, the No. 10 Ducks (3-0) defeated  No. 19 Texas A&M 83-68 in the Preseason WNIT semifinal in College Station, …

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Sabrina Ionescu scores a triple-double in the Ducks 110-77 win over Drake

In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Oregon’s star sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu grabbed a rebound. The crowd began to chant “triple-double.” “I don’t really try to look up too much at the stats,“ Ionescu said. “I knew I was somewhere close. I felt like I was impacting the game …

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