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Oregon escape injury scare to beat Utah State

Sabrina Ionescu exited the game after falling to the floor during the third quarter.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 10:41 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 10:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Matthew Knight crowd of 8,334 fell silent as guard, Sabrina Ionescu lay still on the ground holding what appeared to be her knee area.

Oregon was in full control of the second official game of their season, when Ionescu was bumped and fell to the floor during the third game. The Ducks were up by 28 points when the injury occurred. 

"At first it's of course, she kind of grabbed her knee, so you freak out a little bit," said guard, Taylor Chavez. "But we were all there in the huddle when she told us it was just a dead leg, so that's a big sigh of relief. And then of course we relayed that to the bench, so we weren't too worried about it three seconds after the play."

Ionescu walked off the floor under her own strength, assisted by a trainer and head coach, Kelly Graves. Seconds later she was on the sideline celebrating her team scoring. She would later return to the game at the start of the 4th quarter to a standing ovation. 

Graves said, "I mean obviously that's a concern, any time someone, you know Sabrina or anyone else is down there kind of holding on to their knee. But i'm glad it was nothing."

Ionescu finished the game one rebound shy of a triple-double (16 points, 12 assist, and 9 rebounds. Upon being pulled from the game, boos rang down from the fans upset to not be able to witness the star continue on her record breaking performances.

Despite not recording a triple-down, it was still a record breaking night for Ionescu and her team. She became the fourth UO women's player to record 2,000 career points. Forward, Ruthy Hebard became the fourth Oregon player to tally 1,000 career rebounds in program history. While Chavez recorded her career high for the Ducks with 25 points, filling in on the starting lineup for Satou Sabally.

Next, Oregon will host Texas Southern on November 16th at 2:00 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena. The game is set to be streamed on Oregon Live Stream.

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