STANFORD, CALIFORNIA - The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (26-2, 15-1) defeated the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on the road (24-4, 13-3) behind a historic performance from Sabrina Ionescu.
Despite feeling under the weather; despite the pressures of facing a talented team on the road for the PAC-12 title; despite being hours removed from delivering an emotional speech at Kobe Bryant and Gianna’s funeral; the Triple-Double Queen delivered another legendary performance.
1ST HALF: Minyon Moore missed the Ducks’ first shot of the game, but Satou Sabally was there for the offensive rebound and moments later hit the games opening score - a three-pointer thanks to a bullet of a pass from Sabrina Ionescu. Moore scored the next four points for Oregon, then a Kiana Williams triple gave Stanford their first and only lead of the game, 8 to 7. The Ducks ended the opening quarter on an 11-0 run, capitalizing off a stretch of play in which the Cardinal missed 14 consecutive shots through the spirited play of Sabally; the junior’s intensity on both ends of the court fueled Oregon’s early domination.
The Ducks outscored the Cardinal 9 to 2 during the first 4:24 of the second quarter, but to the home team’s credit they were able to shore up their defense and pull within 10 points of the Ducks at halftime thanks to five consecutive points from Lexie Hull in the final minutes.
2ND HALF: Sabrina Ionescu started the second-half scoring with a jumper to give the Ducks a 12 point lead early, but the Cardinal scored seven unanswered points to cut it to five. Erin Boley hit a jumper, then Satou Sabally drained a triple to rebuild Oregon’s double-digit cushion. Later in the frame, Stanford hit three free throws to trail by seven once more, but again Sabally responded with a three. Oregon went on to outscore Stanford 14 to 6 to end the quarter with an 18-point lead, but the number four team in the country wasn’t quite ready to throw in the towel.
With 6:18 left in the game, Jaz Shelley hit a three-pointer that put the Ducks up by 17 points, but the Cardinal were able to cut the lead to nine with back-to-back triples from Lexie Hull. However, the Ducks were able to close out the game in reassuring fashion, solidifying a PAC-12 Championship and 1-seed in the PAC-12 tournament.
Ionescu earned her ninth rebound in the third quarter, which meant she was the first player to tally 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds. She also live up to her title of Triple-Double Queen by finishing the evening with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists.
The Ducks return home to face Washington State on Friday then washington on Sunday to close out the regular season.
*Satou Sabally (32 min): 9 REB - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 1 TO - 4 PF - 10/17 FG - 4/7 3PT - 3/5 FT - 27 PTS
*Sabrina Ionescu (38 min): 12 REB - 12 AST - 3 STL - 5 TO - 3 PF - 9/19 FG - 0/3 3PT - 3/4 FT - 21 PTS
*Erin Boley (30 min): 3 REB - 1 STL -1 PF - 2/5 FG - 1/3 3PT - 2/2 FT - 7 PTS
*Ruthy Hebard (30 min): 4 REB - 2 STL - 4 TO - 3 PF - 1/2 FG - 2/2 FT - 4 PTS
*Minyon Moore (12 min): 1 REB - 1 TO - 1 PF - 2/4 FG - 0/1 3PT - 4 PTS
Jaz Shelley (25 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 1 PF - 1/3 FG - 1/2 3PT - 3/4 FT - 6 PTS
Taylor Chavez (29 min): 1 REB - 2/6 FG - 1/4 3PT - 5 PTS
Lydia Giomi (4 min): 1 TO - 1 PF
*Lexie Hull: 5 REB - 5 AST - 1 BLK - 2 STL - 3 PF - 9/22 FG - 6/12 3PT - 3/4 FT - 27 PTS
*Kiana Williams: 3 REB - 4 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 6/16 FG - 2/6 3PT - 14 PTS
*Nadia Fingall: 12 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 3/7 FG - 1/2 3PT - 7 PTS
*Maya Dodson: 7 REB - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 3 TO - 2 PF - 2/5 FG - 2/6 FT - 6 PTS
*Lacie Hull: 3 REB - 2 AST - 1 STL - 4 PF - 1/5 FG - 0/3 3PT - 2 PTS
NEXT UP: Washington State
2/28, Friday, 8 PM, PAC12 NETWORK