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The Oregon Women’s Basketball team (7-0) is an offensive juggernaut: scoring over 100 three times already, outscoring their opponents by an average of 38.1 points, and leading the country in scoring with 94.7 points per game.

Triple-Double Queen Sabrina Ionescu has become a household name for Duck diehards, but the entire starting squad deserves the credit. Let’s take a look at Oregon’s Fab Five seven games into the season.


SATOU SABALLY

The 6’4 sophomore has scored double-digits in every game this season outside of the ranked matchup against Syracuse earlier this year. Her combination of height and speed have made her a consistent threat in transition. Sabally has attacked the rim effectively, especially against undersized teams, and has taken advantage of her opportunities at the charity stripe.

  • AVERAGE MINUTES: 25.6
  • AVERAGE POINTS: 14.9
  • FIELD GOAL%: .543 (38-70)
  • 3-POINT%: .353 (12-34)
  • FREE THROW%: .889 (16-18)
  • REBOUNDS: 31 (8 off - 23 def)
  • ASSISTS: 12

SABRINA IONESCU

To the surprise of no one, Ionescu has picked up right where she left off. The junior averages more minutes than any other player on the team and her stats show why; she leads the Ducks in rebounds, assists and field goals made.

Something you wont see in the stats is her ability to take control of a game when she’s needed the most, like in their last minute victory over Syracuse, or the game against St. Mary’s when the Ducks shot poorly as a team but Ionescu scored a season high 27 points.

  • AVERAGE MINUTES: 32.7
  • AVERAGE POINTS: 18.0
  • FIELD GOAL%: .531 (43-81)
  • 3-POINT%: .550 (22-40)
  • FREE THROW%: .818 (18-22)
  • REBOUNDS: 60 (14 off - 46 def)
  • ASSISTS: 60

ERIN BOLEY

Outside of the St. Mary’s game in which she scored 8 points, Boley has scored at least 10 in every game this season. The former Fighting Irish triple-shooter has become more of a threat in the paint as of late, highlighted by her game-leading 24 points against the outmatched 49ers. If she can once again master the corner three, Oregon will become an even better scoring team.

  • AVERAGE MINUTES: 27.4
  • AVERAGE POINTS: 14.0
  • FIELD GOAL%: .425 (37-87)
  • 3-POINT%: .351 (20-57)
  • FREE THROW%: 1.000 (4-4)
  • REBOUNDS: 24 (3 off - 21 def)
  • ASSISTS: 8

MAITE CAZORLA

Ionsecu and Hebard may be the face of the franchise at the moment, but senior Maite Cazorla has been called the leader of this squad by teammates and media members. When all five of Oregon’s starters are on the floor at the same time, Cazorla masterfully distributes the ball to a teammate with an advantage, but pinning her as a distributor only tells half the story. She can score when the game calls for it and her game management is really her best attribute.

  • AVERAGE MINUTES: 28.3
  • AVERAGE POINTS: 12.0
  • FIELD GOAL%: .591 (26-44)
  • 3-POINT%: .536 (15-28)
  • FREE THROW%: .895 (17-19)
  • REBOUNDS: 13 (2 off -11 def)
  • ASSISTS: 31

RUTHY HEBARD

RUTHY HEBARD IS A SCORING MACHINE!

Despite the fact that she is averaging less minutes than the rest of the Fab Five, Hebard is averaging 17.4 points (just a shade under Ionescu’s 18.0) and is just about a sure thing under the basket. The pick & roll often utilizes Oregon’s two best players in a way that few teams are equipped to handle, and Hebard’s ability to finish in the paint while also hitting her free throws makes her a gravitational player.

ATQ only has one critique: shoot a three Hebard, that way, if you make it, you'll have a perfect three-point shooting percentage for the season.

  • AVERAGE MINUTES: 24.6
  • AVERAGE POINTS: 17.4
  • FIELD GOAL%: .712 (42-59)
  • 3-POINT%: .000 (0-0)
  • FREE THROW%: .826 (38-46)
  • REBOUNDS: 56 (17 off - 39 def)
  • ASSISTS: 7

Then-No. 18 Syracuse challenged the Ducks in thrilling fashion at Matt Knight Arena earlier this season, but outside of that contest, no team has been competitive against Ionscue and the crew. feast your eyes on these stats!

OREGON DUCKS

663 total points scored

94.7 points per game

.543 field goal percentage

.422 three-point percentage

11.1 threes per game

.850 free throw percentage

36.7 rebounds per game

21.4/10.6 - assists/turnover per game

9 steals per game

DUCKS’ OPPONENTS

396 total points scored

56.6 points per game

.374 field goal percentage

.242 three-point percentage

5.7 threes per game

.769 free throw percentage

27.6 rebounds per game

12.6/16.4 - assists/turnover per game

4.9 steals per game


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