LAS VEGAS – Sabrina Ionescu tallied a game-high 19 points and the No. 10 ranked Oregon women's basketball team cruised to an 85-44 win over Hawaii on Friday afternoon at the Duel in the Desert.
The Ducks (11-2) went 2-0 at the Duel in the Desert. Ionescu was awarded MVP after averaging 22 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists at the event.
HOW IT HAPPENED: After a couple of sloppy minutes to start the game, the Ducks bounced back with a 14-0 run and led the Rainbow Wahine, 14-3, with 4:14 left in the first. Hawaii ended the quarter on a 7-3 run, however, and the Ducks took a 19-12 lead into the second.
Oregon used an early 7-0 run to build a 12-point lead, 26-14, with 7:43 remaining before halftime. But, once again, Hawaii rallied, cutting the lead to 29-20 with 4:42 left in the second. Fueled by three three-pointers by Lexi Bando, Oregon closed out the second quarter on a 12-2 run and owned a 44-24 lead at halftime. Sabrina Ionescu filled up the stat sheet in the first half with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Bando went 4-for-6 from three in the first half and had a team-high 14 points at the break.
Ruthy Hebard took over in the third quarter, scoring 10 of the Ducks' first 12 points in the second half. Hebard has 12 total points in the third as the Ducks opened up a 65-32 lead going to the fourth.
With Oregon's reserves on the floor in the fourth, the Ducks outscored Hawaii 20-12 in the quarter to win, 85-44.
QUADRUPLE-DOUBLE: Sabrina Ionescu flirted with a quadruple-double against Hawaii, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals, matching her career high. Ionescu played just under three minutes in the fourth quarter. There have been just three quadruple-doubles in NCAA women's basketball history. The last one was by Arkansas State's Sonja Tate on Jan. 27 1993 – she had 29 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
BOX SCORE: In addition to Sabrina Ionescu's all-around game, the Ducks got 18 points from Ruthy Hebard on 8-of-10 shooting and 14 points from Lexi Bando, all coming in the first half. Oregon had 11 different players score in the game and 12 saw the floor. The Ducks tallied 36 points in the paint.
UP NEXT: No. 10 Oregon opens conference play next weekend in Eugene against the Washington schools. The Ducks will meet Washington State at 3 PM on Dec. 29 and Washington at 1 PM on Dec. 31.
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