DUCKS 93 - WILDCATS 60
The Oregon Ducks (17-1, 6-0) defeated the Arizona Wildcats (13-5, 3-4) at Matt Knight Arena. Satou Sabally scored 18 points in the first quarter and Sabrina Ionescu tallied her 16th triple-double!
You could say the Ducks won the game in the first quarter when they scored the game’s first 20 points. The Wildcats had no answer for Sabally’s size and athleticism early on as she scored 23 of her 25 points in the first half and hit four of her five triples in the opening quarter.
But it wasn’t just Sabally who was playing at a break-neck pace, the entire Oregon squad raced up an down the court- cleaning the boards and scoring quickly. Ionescu fell onto a cameraman and the Ducks in general were more than willing to take some contact in their opening run.
But it was the Wildcats who would suffer the most on the injury front, as their best three-point shooter, Lucia Alonso, left the first quarter after a left leg injury and wouldn’t return.
-Coach Kelly Graves on their second quarter performance.
To Arizona’s credit, they had a lot more success offensively in the second quarter, and were able to slow down the pace significantly.
Before the game began, the PAC-12 NETWORK played a clip of Ionescu, huddled with her flock, telling the team, “They beat Arizona State by more than we did, so we got to come out and be ready to play and take away their best player.”
And the Ducks did just that, limiting Aari McDonald to just 9 points in the first half and 20 overall. Pretty good considering she came into this contest averaging 27.2 points in PAC-12 play. Cate Reese also had a good game, 16 points and five rebounds, which should bode well in the future for the Wildcats.
*Satou Sabally (24 min) 25 PTS - 5 REB - 2 AST - 3 BLK - 9/14 FG - 5/7 3PT - 2/2 FT
*Sabrina Ionescu (35 min) 21 PTS - 12 REB - 12 AST - 2 STL - 6/15 FG - 3/8 3PT - 6/6 FT
*Erin Boley (25 min) 19 PTS - 3 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 7/12 FG - 5/10 3PT
*Ruthy Hebard (27 min) 14 PTS - 11 REB - 1 AST - 5/6 FG - 4/8 FT
*Maite Cazorla (31 min) 5 PTS - 5 AST - 1 STL - 2/6 FG - 1/4 3PT
Oti Gildon (15 min) 4 PTS - 1 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 2/2 FG
Taylor Chavez (18 min) 3 PTS - 1 REB - 1 AST - 1/5 FG - 1/5 3PT
Lydia Giomi (15 min) 2 PTS - 5 REB - 1/1 FG
Morgan Yaeger (10 min) 2 REB - 1 AST - 0/2 FG - 0/1 3PT - 0/2 FT
Aari McDonald (36 min) 20 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 3 STL - 8/16 FG - 2/7 3PT - 2/2FT
Cate Reese (27 min) 16 PTS - 5 REB - 3 STL - 6/12 FG - 1/1 3PT - 3/3 FT
Sam Thomas (36 min) 7 PTS - 1 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 3/9 FG - 0/4 3PT 1/2 FT
Dominique McBryde (14 min) 2 PTS - 1 AST - 1 STL - 1/5 FG
Lucia Alonso (4 min)
As great as Sabally was during the first part of this game, she’ll have to share the spotlight with Ionescu, who scored her 6th triple-double of the season (21 PTS - 12 AST - 12 REB). The leader in career triple-doubles (16) missed all five of her first-half shots from the floor, but found her groove in the third, hitting back-to-back triples. Ionescu is now one game short of having sole possession of the single-season triple-double record.
Erin Boley and Ruthy Hebard scored 19 and 14 points, respectively. Boley finished with five triples while Hebard tallied her seventh double-double of the season. Maite Cazorla had a quiet game, as did the entire bench, who scored a combined 9 points. Though, to be fair, Taylor Chavez missed some close threes and a Morgan Yaeger sighting is always welcome!
NEXT UP: WASHINGTON STATE
1/25, Friday, 7 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK, Pullman