EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Sabrina Ionescu broke the Pac-12 record with her seventh career triple-double and the No. 9 Oregon women's basketball team defeated Ole Miss, 90-46, on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Ionescu finished with a team-high 21 points, 11 rebounds and matched the UO single-game record with 14 assists. Ionescu broke former Stanford star and UO assistant coach Nicole Powell's league record of six triple-doubles. Powell is now in her first season as the head coach at Grand Canyon University.
Ionescu posted a NCAA freshman record four triple-doubles last year and has three already through 11 games this season, tying the NCAA career mark. All seven of her triple-doubles have come in wins.
NCAA TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADERS
- Suzie McConnell, Penn State (1985-88) - 7
- Louella Tomlinson, St. Mary's (2008-11) - 7
- Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (2016-pres.) - 7
Ionescu needed just 44 games to record her seventh career triple-double. Suzie McConnell needed 128 games at Penn State to do the same, while Louelle Tomlinson needed 125 games at St. Mary's to get her seven.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Ducks gave freshman Satou Sabally the start on Sunday against Ole Miss and the forward scored four of Oregon's first nine points as the Ducks jumped out to a 9-2 lead early. The Rebels cut the UO lead to four at 12-8 with 6:24 left in the quarter but the Ducks pulled back out to an eight points advantage at the end of the first, 26-18.
Oregon used a big second quarter to build its lead. The Ducks opened on an 8-0 run and outscored the Rebels, 20-6, overall in the quarter to take a 46-24 lead at halftime. Ionescu had 12 points, nine assists and four rebounds at the break while Ruthy Hebard had eight points and seven boards. Sabally scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the opening half.
It was more of the same for the Ducks in the third quarter, outscoring Ole Miss 24-11 in the period. Ionescu recorded her triple-double before the quarter ended, with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists going to the fourth.
The Ducks grew their lead even more in the fourth before finishing with the 90-46 win. The Ducks shot 50 percent (38-of-76) in the game with 23 assists on 38 made baskets. Oregon struggled shooting the three, however, going just 5-for-23.
In addition to Sabrina Ionescu's record-breaking triple-double, forward Ruthy Hebard posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. In three games against the SEC this season - Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss - Hebard is averaging 21.7 points on 28-for-28 (73.7%) shooting with 26 total rebounds.
Oregon entered Sunday's game against Ole Miss ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 89.6 points per game. With 90 points against the Rebels, the Ducks were almost exactly on average.
Oregon heads to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert. The invitational, hosted by UNLV, has the Ducks meeting Texas A&M on Thursday - the teams' second meeting this year - followed by a game against Hawai'i on Friday. FloHoops.com will live stream the games, but a subscription to the site is required.
Story provided by UO Athletics.