EUGENE, OREGON - The #3 Oregon Ducks (21-2, 10-1) put together a fantastic third quarter to push past the #12 Arizona Wildcats (18-4, 7-4) and win at Matt Knight by a score of 85 to 52.
Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 24th career triple-double and the Ducks earned another top 25 win over a conference opponent.
1ST HALF: The game started with a rare occurrence: a Sabrina Ionescu turnover. Sophomore Wildcat Cate Reese was responsible for the steal and the three-pointer that followed it, giving the visiting team their first and only lead of the game at 3-0. Satou Sabally assisted a Ruthy Hebard jumper and then a Sabrina Ionescu triple that put Oregon up early; these two shots were the beginning of an 11-0 run for the Ducks. Helena Pueyo hit Arizona’s second triple of the night at the 2:58 mark and for the rest of the evening they would not hit another. Oregon ended the first quarter with an eight-point advantage over the 12th ranked Wildcats.
Ionescu kicked off the second quarter with a layup set up by Sabally that gave the Ducks a 10-point lead, but the Wildcats responded by scoring eight consecutive points, cutting the lead to two before a Taylor Chavez layup once again gave the Ducks some breathing room. Oregon finished the frame outscoring the Wildcats 19 to 4, capping off the quarter with a Sabally triple.
2ND HALF: Ruthy Hebard showed up big for the Ducks in the second half, scoring the first nine points for her team coming out of halftime. Arizona was 0-for-2 from three-point land in the third while Oregon hit five triples, none more impressive than Sabrina Ionescu’s last-second, off-balance, deep three that got the crowd on their feet.
The rest of the game turned into triple-double watch for Ionescu who entered the fourth quarter two assists shy of her 24th career triple-double. A dish to Hebard notched number 24 for Ionescu and the crowd made sure to let her know they were grateful for the performance. Satou Sabally also nearly recorded a triple-double, Hebard led all scorers with 22 points, and Taylor Chavez made a huge difference off the bench by hitting three triples and finishing with 17 points. The tenacious Duck D held Aari McDonald, the PAC-12 leader in scoring, to just six points before the fourth quarter.
Oregon has a chance at earning some revenge when #19 ASU visits Matt Knight this Sunday - the Sun Devils are the only PAC-12 team to have beaten the Ducks this season.
*Ruthy Hebard (26 min): 4 REB - 1 AST - 2 TO - 3 PF - 10/13 FG - 2/4 FT - 22 PTS
*Satou Sabally (25 min): 11 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 4 TO - 1 PF - 5/9 FG - 3/4 3PT - 4/6 FT - 17 PTS
*Sabrina Ionescu (32 min): 11 REB - 10 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 6/9 FG - 3/5 3PT - 15 PTS
*Erin Boley (22 min): 2 REB - 2 AST - 1 TO - 3/10 FG - 2/8 3PT - 8 PTS
*Minyon Moore (18 min): 3 REB - 2 AST - 1 STL - 3 TO - 2 PF - 0/2 FG - 2/2 FT - 2 PTS
Taylor Chavez (26 min): 1 REB - 2 STL - 7/14 FG - 3/8 3PT - 17 PTS
Lydia Giomi (14 min): 5 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 2 PF - 1/1 FG - 2/2 FT - 4 PTS
Jaz Shelley (17 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 3 STL - 1 PF - 0/3 FG - 0/2 3PT - 0/2 FT
Holly Winterburn (12 min): 1 REB - 1 TO - 2 PF - 0/3 FG - 0/1 3PT
Lucy Cochrane (5 min): 1 TO - 1 PF - 0/1 FG
Morgan Yaeger (3 min): 1 STL
*Cate Reese: 2 REB - 1 STL - 1 TO - 3 PF - 8/11 FG - 1/2 3PT - 17 PTS
*Aari McDonald: 2 REB - 6 AST - 3 STL - 7 TO - 2 PF - 5/13 FG - 0/4 3PT - 3/3 FT - 13 PTS
*Dominique McBryde : 3 REB - 1 BLK - 3 STL - 1 TO - 3 PF - 2/3 FG - 4 PTS
*Amari Carter: 2 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 2 TO - 3 PF - 2/5 FG - 0/1 3PT - 4 PTS
*Sam Thomas: 2 AST - 1 BLK - 1 TO - 2 PF - 0/3 FG - 0/2 3PT
NEXT UP: #19 Arizona State
2/9, Sunday, 2 PM, PAC-12 NETWORK