This is the second part of a four-part series recapping Sabrina Ionescu’s historic career year. Part one focused on her freshman year, now we turn our attention towards her spectacular sophomore season.
(We’ve updated part one to include home attendance numbers, to highlight the program’s steady rise in attendance!)
Sabrina Ionescu already made a name for herself through a spectacular freshman campaign; her sophomore season raised the bar by adding six more triple-doubles to her career count, leading the Ducks to their best conference record in program history (16-2), dominating the PAC-12 tournament and then making her second straight trip to the Elite Eight.
- WBCA First-Team All-America
- Associated Press First-Team All-America
- Wooden Award All-America
- USBWA First-Team All-America
- USA Today First-Team All-America
- ESPNW First-Team All-America
- National Point Guard of the Year - Nancy Lieberman Award Winner
- Pac-12 Player of the Year
- Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- WBCA national player of the year - Wade Trophy finalist
- National player of the year - Wooden Award finalist
- Honda Sport Award finalist
- Bleacher Report’s “50 Most Influential People in Sports Culture”
5. Drake - Ionescu raised her career high to 29 points as the Ducks dismantled the Drake Bulldogs by a score of 110 to 77. After last year’s season ended in a surprising Elite Eight appearance Oregon had some pre-season buzz, much of which was centered around the talented sophomore duo of Ionescu and Hebard. (11/12/17)
29 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
6. @ #19 Texas A&M - Ionescu tallied her sixth triple-double four days after her fifth in an 83-68 win over Texas A&M at College Station. The victory punched their ticket to the WNIT Preseason Championship game, a game they would ultimately lose to Louisville, 61-74. The losses against Louisville and Mississippi State kept the Ducks from being undefeated in non-conference play, but beating Texas A&M in Texas and then again in Oregon helped the Ducks build the resume they needed to eventually earn a 2-seed in the Big Dance. (11/16/17)
16 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
7. Ole Miss - Oregon Women’s Basketball bounced back from their 79-90 loss to Mississippi State by destroying Ole Miss, 90 to 46. Ionescu’s seventh career triple-double gave her the most in PAC-12 Women’s Basketball history, surpassing former Stanford star and Oregon assistant Nicole Powell. The Triple-Double Queen also tied the UO single-game record for assists with 14.
21 POINTS - 14 ASSISTS - 11 REBOUNDS
8. Washington - The game against Washington turned out to be a historic one for two reasons: Coach Kelly Graves earned his 500th career win and Sabrina Ionescu broke the NCAA Women’s Basketball record for career triple-doubles.
24 POINTS - 10 ASSISTS - 14 REBOUNDS
9. @ Utah - Sabrina Ionescu was on fire against the Utes, though it was Maite Cazorla who posted a game-high 21 points. Oregon lost to Stanford on the road the following week, but Ionescu and the Ducks finished the season strong with a 16-2 conference record, good enough for their first outright PAC-12 Conference Championship since the 1999-2000 season.
19 POINTS - 13 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
Once again, the Oregon Women’s Basketball team made it to the Elite Eight, though their postseason success wasn’t a surprise this time around. The Ducks earned the 2-Seed after sweeping their three conference foes in the PAC-12 Tourney: Colorado (84-47), UCLA (65-62), and then a payback game against Stanford in the PAC-12 Championship game (77-57).
In the NCAA Tournament, Oregon beat Seattle U (88-45), Minnesota (101-73) and Central Michigan (83-69) before falling to 1-Seed Notre Dame by a score of 74 to 84. Ionescu scored 26 points against the Fighting Irish, but her best postseason performance came against the Redhawks when she scored her 10th triple-double.
10. Seattle U - In the first round of the tournament, the 2-Seed Oregon Ducks were matched up against the 15-seed Seattle University Redhawks in Eugene, the result was the 11th triple-double in NCAA Tournament history and Oregon’s second straight trip to the Round of 32. Ionescu tied Danielle Carson’s single-season triple-double record of six but wasn’t able to surpass the benchmark first set in 1986.
19 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS