Eugene, Oregon - The No. 6 Oregon Ducks (14-2, 4-1) dismantled the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (15-2, 4-1) behind a historic performance from Sabrina Ionescu.
Things started off slow for the Ducks, but a strong defensive showing combined with a career-best 37 points from Ionescu helped Oregon win a crucial PAC-12 matchup against a talented yet young Stanford squad.
1ST HALF: Sabrina Ionescu scored the game’s first bucket off a jumper after Stanford and Oregon traded multiple scoreless possessions early. The Cardinal responded with seven unanswered points, but Minyon Moore and Ruthy Hebard were able to cut the lead to one and regain some composure for the Ducks.
Oregon missed their first seven shots from three-point range. Their inaccurate shooting allowed Stanford to build a 15-8 lead (the Cardinal’s largest lead of the night) with 2:34 left in the first quarter, but a triple from Ionescu seemed to ignite the offense and raucous crowd of 12.218.
Hebard cut the lead to two with a layup, then tied the game thanks to an Erin Boley steal and assist. Lacie Hull reclaimed the lead with a three, but Ionescu answered with a triple of her own. The Triple-Double Queen scored ten points in the second quarter and the Ducks were able to build a six-point lead going into the half.
2ND HALF: Stanford started the half trailing 36 to 30, but seven straight points from the Cardinal gave the momentum back to the visiting team, but only for a short while. Moments later, Satou Sabally reclaimed the lead with a pair of free throws and the Duck defense continued to play stifling defense.
Ionescu missed her first two shots of the second half from deep, but once she found her shot she was able to close out the third quarter with 29 points, none more important than her jumper with :47 seconds left in which she surpassed Allison Lang (1980-1984) for most career points. Ionescu also nailed a triple in the final four seconds of the quarter to give Oregon a 17-point leader and provide a poster moment for the fans.
The Ducks played with the same level of intensity throughout the fourth quarter, kicking things off with a 14-1 run and finishing the game with a 32-point lead and many of their backups on the court. Ionescu nearly recorded her first triple-double against a top-ten team, but had to settle with a career-high in scoring (37 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists).
The Ducks take on the Cal Golden Bears at Matt Knight arena this Sunday before entering a much-anticipated Civil War series!
What an incredible night at Matthew Knight Arena—huge win over Stanford. Thanks to the 12,000+ loud & engaged fans. Duck fans rock!! We played so hard defensively. Executed our offense with precision. We stayed focused for 40 minutes. Proud of our total team effort pic.twitter.com/pvA9LwSzxi— Kelly Graves (@GoDucksKG) January 17, 2020
*Sabrina Ionescu (38 min): 11 REB - 7 AST - 2 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 14/26 FG - 5/12 3PT - 4/4 FT - 37 PTS
*Satou Sabally (32 min): 11 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 1 TO - 2 PF - 5/11 FG - 2/4 3PT - 6/7 FT - 18 PTS
*Ruthy Hebard (27 min): 5 REB - 2 AST - 1 STL - 1 TO - 2 PF - 4/8 FG - 3/4 FT - 11 PTS
*Minyon Moore (24 min): 3 REB - 3 AST - 2 STL - 2 PF - 4/8 FG - 0/2 3PT - 2/2 FT - 10 PTS
*Erin Boley (21 min): 2 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 1 PF - 1/4 FG - 1/4 3PT - 3 PTS
Taylor Chavez (25 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 1 PF - 2/3 FG - 0/1 3PT - 4 PTS
Jaz Shelley (19 min): 1 AST - 1/3 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2 PTS
Lydia Giomi (9 min): 1 STL - 1 TO - 1 PF - 2/4 FT - 2 PTS
Holly Winterburn (5 min): 1 STL - 1 TO - 2 PF
*Kiana Williams: 3 REB - 2 AST - 4 TO - 1 PF - 4/10 FG - 3/6 3PT - 4/4 FT - 15 PTS
*Lacie Hull: 1 REB - 4 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 2 PF - 4/5 FG - 2/3 3PT - 10 PTS
*Haley Jones: 4 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 3/8 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2/4 FT - 8 PTS
*Nadia Fingall: 5 REB - 1 AST - 2 TO - 4 PF - 4/8 FG - 0/2 3PT - 8 PTS
*Lexie Hull: 6 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 4 PF - 2/7 FG - 1/4 3PT - 5 PTS
NEXT UP: California
1/19, Sunday, 2 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK