BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA - The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (25-2, 14-1) blew past the California Golden Bears (10-16, 2-13) on their way to a 93-61 victory.
Stephen Curry was in attendance with two of his daughters for Oregon’s 13th straight win and Sabrina Ionescu’s 25th career triple-double in front of a crowd of 4,518 at Haas Pavilion. Ionescu is now only nine rebounds away from reaching 2,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists... an NCAA first.
1ST HALF: Sabrina Ionescu, a Bay Area native, kicked things off with a triple. A couple minutes later, Erin Boley began her stellar night from behind the arc, hitting the first of her eight made three-pointers of the night. At the 5:35 mark in the opening quarter the Ducks had a 17-4 lead, however, the Golden Bears were able to rally back by connecting on three triples during a rare shooting slump for the Ducks. After a red-hot start from the third-ranked team in the country, Oregon led by just four at the end of the first.
But the Ducks took control of the game in the second quarter. Boley hit her third triple of the night early in the frame which started an 18-0 run for Oregon, in which Boley made all four of her shots from three-point land. Cal’s Cailyn Crocker ended the scoring drought for the home team by sinking a triple with 3:19 left in the half.
2ND HALF: Once again, Erin Boley opened up the scoring with a shot from downtown, then her next triple started a 13-0 run that gave the Ducks a 32-point advantage. But despite astounding performances from all of Oregon’s starters, Sabrina Ionescu was once again the star of the show by recording her 25th career triple-double, her seventh of the season, late in the third by converting a three-point play. Satou Sabally also had a notable third quarter by tallying 12 of her 16 total points.
Oregon’s bench earned valuable minutes in the fourth, a luxury that could pay dividends come tournament time. Jaz Shelley and Lydia Giomi had memorable moments off the bench, including a couple of blocks from the latter (or should we say ladder), and a welcome return by Taylor Chavez who missed the USC game when coach Graves decided to rest her as a precautionary measure for her foot. The Duck seniors finished their last game at Haas Pavilion outscoring the home team 93 to 61.
Up next for Oregon is a battle for the PAC-12 at Stanford.
*Erin Boley (26 min): 1 REB - 1 STL 2 PF - 8/11 FG - 8/9 3PT - 24 PTS
*Ruthy Hebard (29 min): 15 REB - 2 BLK - 1 STL - 1 PF - 10/13 FG - 0/1 FT - 20 PTS
*Sabrina Ionescu (34 min): 11 REB - 11 AST - 2 TO - 1 PF - 7/9 FG - 2/2 3PT - 1/1 FT - 17 PTS
*Satou Sabally (27 min): 4 REB - 2 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 2 TO - 1 PF - 5/15 FG - 1/5 3PT - 5/5 FT - 16 PTS
*Minyon Moore (25 min): 2 REB - 4 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 3 PF - 3/7 FG - 0/1 3PT - 3/3 FT - 9 PTS
Jaz Shelley (18 min): 1 REB - 4 AST - 1 PF - 3/7 FG - 1/3 3PT - 7 PTS
Taylor Chavez (13 min): 3 REB - 1 TO - 2 PF - 0/4 FG - 0/2 3PT
Holly Winterburn (13 min): 3 REB - 1 AST - 1 TO - 1 PF - 0/2 FG - 0/1 3PT
Lydia Giomi (11 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 3 BLK - 0/1 FG
Morgan Yaeger (4 min): 1 PF - 0/1 FG - 0/1 3PT
*Jaelyn Brown: 6 REB - 2 AST - 2 BLK - 10/25 FG - 3/4 3PT - 3/4 FT - 26 PTS
*Cailyn Crocker: 2 REB - 3 AST - 1 PF - 5/13 FG - 3/9 3PT - 2/2 FT - 15 PTS
*Alaysia Styles: 2 REB - 1 AST - 2 TO - 1/3 FG - 2 PTS
*Leilani McIntosh : 1 REB - 4 AST - 2 TO - 0/3 FG - 0/1 3PT
*CJ West: 3 REB - 1 AST - 1 TO - 1 PF - 0/1 FG
NEXT UP: @ Stanford
2/24, Monday, 6 PM, ESPN2