Coach Kelly Graves celebrated a birthday for the record books as the No.8 Oregon Ducks (17-2, 6-0) flew by the No.18 Arizona State Sun Devils (13-5, 4-2) in Eugene Oregon, 74-64.
The Sun Devils came in to this game hoping to put their 57-54 loss to Oregon State behind them and potentially take first place in the PAC, however, Sophomore Sabrina Ionescu was determined to break the Ducks' four-game losing streak to the Devils. The matchup featured the highest scoring offense in the conference (Oregon) versus its best defense (Arizona State).
Ionescu once again showed her value to the team by scoring 11 of the team's 22 first quarter points. Quickly the night would turn into a historical one for Maite Cazorla as an assist from her to Ruthy Hebard would give her the second most career assists in the conference.
Perhaps the 22-12 lead going into the second quarter lulled the Ducks to sleep, because the Sun Devils began to mount a comeback. The team from the desert focused on taking away the three from the Ducks while Junior Kianna Ibis began heating up. Ibis almost matched up to Ionescu offensively in the first half as she would put up 15 points to Ionescu's 17.
A last minute three-pointer by Arizona State's Kiara Russell would bring the halftime score to 38-34. Not to be outdone, Ionescu would open up the scoring in the second half with a three-pointer of her own. This shot would spark a 16-point run by the Ducks and one of their most dominant quarters of the season.
Coach Kelly Graves' squad would out rebound, out score, and out hustle the competition on just about every play of the third quarter. Freshman Satou Sabally and Sophomore Ruthy Hebard scored a combined 11-points, and the Ducks' mighty D would force the Sun Devils into committing more turnovers than shot attempts during this impressive ten minute stretch. Ibis would score her team's first points of the third quarter with 1:32 on the clock.
The fourth quarter proved to be slightly more competitive than the previous one, though it would be hard to match the 21-5 run the Ducks had in the third. This win would prove to be more of a team effort with Hebard (20 Points), Cazorla (15 Points) and Sabally (10 Points) all pulling much more of their weight than the last game. Though Ionescu would once again steal the show (26 Points, 6 Assists, 5 Rebounds).
Up next for the Webfoot Women is a home and home against longtime rival Oregon State (13-4, 4-2) who just spanked the Arizona Wildcats 88-48. Tune in this Friday at 8pm on the dreaded PAC-12 Network as the Ducks attempt to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Hayseeds of Corvallis.