This is the final part of our four part series covering the legendary career of Sabrina Ionescu. Check out the previous articles following her freshman year, sophomore year, and junior year. And now we turn our attention towards the fantastic, yet tragic, final season of the Triple-Double Queen!
It all started with an outstanding victory over Team USA - the best team (or should we say second best team) in the world. Sabrina Ionescu finished with 30 points, seven assists and four rebounds. The exhibition game made national headlines and earned the Ducks unprecedented momentum heading into the season.
- Wade Trophy Winner (national player of the year)
- Naismith Trophy Winner (national player of the year)
- Wooden Award Winner (national player of the year)
- Associated Press National Player of the Year (unanimous)
- USBWA National Player of the Year
- ESPN.com National Player of the Year
- Nancy Lieberman Award Winner (nation’s top point guard)
- Senior CLASS Award Winner
- Associated Press First-Team All-America
- WBCA First-Team All-America- Wooden Award All-America
- USBWA First-Team All-America
- Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-America
- AAU James E. Sullivan Award Finalist (nation’s top amateur athlete)
- Honda Sport Award Finalist
- Pac-12 Player of the Year (unanimous)
- Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- Three-Time Pac-12 Player of the Week
- Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll
19. Texas Southern - Not only did Ionescu tally her 18th triple-double, she also extended her double-digit scoring streak to 74. (11/16/19)
10 POINTS - 14 ASSISTS - 13 REBOUNDS
20. UC Riverside - Ionescu puts on a show on field trip day, but is out-shined by freshman Jazz Shelley’s team-record 10 three pointers. (12/16/19)
16 POINTS - 12 ASSISTS - 18 REBOUNDS
21. Kansas State - Five days later, the Triple-Double Queen lived up to her name by posting another one, this time against the outmatched Wildcats. The game marked the end of the regular season for the Ducks who entered PAC-12 play with a 10-1 record, their lone loss coming at the hands of the #8 Louisville Cardinals in the Paradise Jam. (12/21/19)
21 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
22. @ #18 Arizona - After being upset by the Arizona State Sun Devils (who then went on to upset the Oregon State Beavers), the Ducks bounced back with a beat-down of the Wildcats. It took all four quarters for Ionescu to find her touch, but in the final frame she took over to ice the game. (1/12/20)
17 POINTS - 10 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
23. @ Colorado - One of the things that makes Ionescu a great player is the fact that she gives every game 100 percent, no matter how big or small the stakes may be. Against lowly Colorado, a lesser team would have celebrated the win before reaching the court, especially with the mighty UCONN Huskies coming up the following game. But not only did the Ducks handle the Buffs, they then traveled to Storrs Connecticut and beat the Huskies 74 to 56. (2/1/20)
24 POINTS - 13 ASSISTS - 10 REBOUNDS
24. #12 Arizona - Due to the tragic loss of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Ionescu’s 24th triple-double earned extra importance. After the game, Ionescu half-heartedly said she hoped she didn’t score another triple-double, because 24 career TD’s felt like a great way to honor her mentor Kobe who famously wore a number 24 jersey. (2/7/20)
15 POINTS - 10 ASSISTS - 11 REBOUNDS
25. @ California - Despite technically being on the road, Ionescu received a warm welcome at Haas Pavilion for her 24th triple-double, which she recorded before the fourth quarter. (2/21/20)
17 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 11 REBOUNDS
26. @ #4 Stanford - Ionescu started the day speaking at Kobe’s memorial service and finished it by scoring a triple-double. The victory over the Cardinal assured the Ducks a share of the PAC-12 title and also made Ionescu the only college player in history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. It was her first triple-double against a top five team. And all this took place without Ionescu hitting a three-pointer.
As if Ionescu’s record-breaking performance wasn’t enough to make the game a memorable one, the date itself took a special meaning. 2/24/20 just so happens to be the jersey numbers of Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant, and Sabrina Ionescu.
21 POINTS - 12 ASSISTS - 12 REBOUNDS
Oregon wrapped up the 2019-20 season by sweeping the PAC-12 tournament. Oregon ended up with sole possession of the 1-seed, meaning they were able to sit out the first round of the tourney. Postseason play began with a 79-59 victory over the Utes, then Ionescu and Co took care of the Aari McDonald led No. 13 Arizona Wildcats by beating them 88 to 70.
And in the final game of Sabrina Ionescu’s career, the Oregon Ducks avenged the previous year’s PAC-12 title loss to the Cardinal by completing the sweep of Stanford with an 89-56 win. The top ten victory felt strangely routine, and Duck fans around the world were eager to see this team of destiny take their throne as national champions. But Covid-19 had other plans...
Let us celebrate this amazing group of young women, one of the greatest teams to ever wear green and yellow! Led by their legendary leader, Sabrina “the Triple-Double Queen” Ionescu!