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Ionescu Scores 22nd Triple-Double in Victory Over Arizona, Ducks 71 - Wildcats 64

Another one for the Triple-Double Queen!

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Tucson, Arizona - The Oregon Ducks (13-2, 3-1) rebounded from their most recent loss by surviving a competitive contest against the Arizona Wildcats (13-3, 2-3), ultimately winning on the road by a score of 71 to 64.

Sabrina Ionescu was surprised to find out during the postgame interview that she had recorded her 22nd career triple-double - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Unlike Oregon’s trip to Tempe, the Ducks were able to hold on to their late lead for a crucial conference victory.

1ST HALF: Ruthy Hebard hit a jumper to open up scoring, then Arizona’s Cate Reese responded with a layup that sparked a 5-1 run for the home team. The Wildcats found more offensive success early on than the Ducks thanks to some impressive play by Aari McDonald, who scored ten in the first quarter. Oregon trailed Arizona 18 to 20 heading into the second; Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally scored a combined 14 points in the opening quarter, but the Ducks struggled to keep up with the home team’s energy.

Jaz Shelley nailed a triple to kickoff the second quarter and reclaim the lead, starting a 7-0 run that put the Ducks up by five. Arizona kept pace with heavily favored Oregon but Hebard and Sabally helped close out the half stong, making sure their side entered halftime with a 35-26 lead.

2ND HALF: Oregon maintained a double-digit lead for much of the third quarter, but McDonald and company came alive in the final minutes before the fourth, fighting to trail by just five with a Dominique McBryde layup.

Hebard and Reese traded buckets at the start of the final quarter, then Jaz Shelley gave the Ducks some breathing room with her second triple of the day. Ionescu, who had scored just six points in the first three quarters, scored 11 of Oregon’s final 13 points. With 2:02 left in the game, Sam Thomas missed a triple that Ionescu eagerly grabbed to mark her 22nd career triple-double, though she didn’t know it at the time.

McDonald hit a triple to make it a three-point game with 1:23 left, but Ionescu hit four free throws in the final 20 seconds to ice the game. Up next for the Ducks is a home stand against the #5 Stanford Cardinal.

OREGON DUCKS

*Ruthy Hebard (36 min): 14 REB - 1 AST - 2 BLK - 1 STL - 2 TO - 2 PF - 9/15 FG - 1/4 FT - 19 PTS

*Satou Sabally (36 min): 7 REB - 1 STL - 4 TO - 3 PF - 4/10 FG - 1/4 3PT - 9/10 FT - 18 PTS

*Sabrina Ionescu (39 min): 10 REB - 10 AST - 2 STL - 6 TO - 2 PF - 5/12 FG - 0/1 3PT - 7/7 FT - 17 PTS

*Minyon Moore (23 min): 1 REB - 3 AST - 1 STL - 1 TO - 2 PF - 2/3 FG - 1/2 FT - 5 PTS

*Erin Boley (14 min): 2 REB - 1 TO - 1 PF - 1/4 FG - 1/3 3PT - 3 PTS

Jaz Shelley (22 min): 1 REB - 3 AST - 3 STL - 1 TO - 1 PF - 2/5 FG - 2/4 3PT - 6 PTS

Taylor Chavez (26 min): 1 REB - 3 STL - 1 PF - 1/3 FG - 1/2 3PT - 3 PTS

Lydia Giomi (4 min):

Holly Winterburn (0+ min):

ARIZONA STARTERS

*Aari McDonald: 5 REB - 2 AST - 2 STL - 1 TO - 4 PF - 8/17 FG - 5/10 3PT - 4/4 FT - 25 PTS

*Cate Reese: 3 REB - 1 AST - 3 STL - 2 TO - 3 PF - 5/11 FG - 3/4 FT - 13 PTS

*Sam Thomas: 1 REB - 2 AST - 1 TO - 2 PF - 2/7 FG - 1/5 3PT - 2/2 FT - 7 PTS

*Amari Carter: 2 REB - 5 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 1 TO - 2 PF - 3/7 FG - 1/2 3PT - 7 PTS

*Semaj Smith: 2 REB - 3 PF - 1/1 FG - 2 PTS

GO DUCKS!


NEXT UP: Stanford

1/16, Thursday, 6 PM, ESPN or ESPN2