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Ionescu Leads Historic Blowout, Ducks 88 - Cardinal 48

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The Ducks remain perfect against the PAC!

NCAA Womens Basketball: Pac-12 Conference Tournament-Oregon vs Stanford Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA

DUCKS 88 - CARDINAL 48

The #3 Oregon Ducks (23-1, 12-0) defeated the #11 Stanford Cardinal (19-4, 9-3) to remain unbeaten in PAC-12 play. Oregon hadn’t won at Maple Pavilion since 1987, their victory snapped a 29-game losing streak to the Cardinal in Stanford.

Before the season even began, fans of both teams had this game circled on their calendars. The Cardinal has historically dominated the conference and the Ducks, but Oregon’s recent Ionescu-fueled success has made this matchup nationally relevant the past couple of years.

Which is why Oregon’s beatdown of Stanford felt so shocking, especially after Stanford’s 61-44 victory over the #7 Oregon State Beavers.

On paper, Stanford had the size and talent to at least slow down the nation’s highest-scoring team, and when they scored the game’s first four points everything seemed to be following the script. But the Ducks scored the next 14 points, and from then on, the Cardinal struggled to keep pace.

Oregon’s strong offensive showing was nothing new, but it was their tenacious defense that allowed them to keep a double-digit lead for the large majority of the game. Sabrina Ionescu almost outscored Stanford on her own in the first half; Ionescu had 17 points while her opponents had a combined 20. She finished the game just short of her 17th triple-double with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Stanford trailed 44-20 at the half and was never able to cut into Oregon’s lead. And it wasn’t just Ionescu who caught fire, the Ducks as a team shot 57.1% from the floor and 75.0% from three-point range! They also hit 80.0% from the line (4-of-5), but rarely made the trip as the refs hardly blew their whistles in Oregon’s favor.

In addition to breaking Stanford’s streak against Oregon, the Ducks also delivered Coach Tara Vanderveer her largest home-loss while at Stanford,

The historic victory set up what should be an entertaining Civil War. But for now, Duck fans should take a moment to appreciate this achievement.

OREGON DUCKS

*Sabrina Ionescu (36 min) 27 PTS - 9 REB - 8 AST - 2 STL - 12/20 FG - 3/4 3PT

*Ruthy Hebard (31 min) 18 PTS - 8 REB - 2 AST - 1 STL - 8/12 FG - 2/3 FT

*Erin Boley (33 min) 12 PTS - 6 REB - 3 AST - 1 STL - 4/6 FG - 4/4 3PT

*Satou Sabally (24 min) 11 PTS - 4 REB - 1 BLK - 4/8 FG - 3/5 3PT

*Maite Cazorla (36 min) 6 PTS - 2 REB - 4 AST - 3 STL - 2/6 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2/2 FT

Taylor Chavez (19 min) 8 PTS - 2 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 3/5 FG - 2/2 3PT

Oti Gildon (12 min) 4 PTS - 3 REB - 2/4 FG

Lydia Giomi (5 min) 2 PTS - 1 REB - 1/1 FG

Morgan Yaeger (4 min) 1 REB - 1 AST - 0/1 FG

STANFORD STARTERS

Dijonai Carrington (21 min) 13 PTS - 5 REB - 2 AST - 1 BLK - 4/8 FG - 0/2 3PT - 5/6 FT

Maya Dodson (25 min) 8 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 2 BLK - 4/13 FG

Alanna Smith (32 min) 6 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 3 BLK - 1 STL - 3/14 FG - 0/5 3PT

Kiana Williams (26 min) 5 PTS - 1 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 3 STL - 2/3 FG - 1/2 FT

Lacie Hull (26 min) 1 REB - 1 AST - 0/5 FG - 0/3 3PT

GO DUCKS!


NEXT UP: THE CIVIL WAR!!!

2/15, Friday, 6 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK, Eugene