EUGENE, Ore. – The opponent was Arizona, so of course Sabrina Ionescu was up to the challenge and earned her NCAA record 24th triple-double.
The Oregon senior scored 15 points to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists to reach double figures in all three categories as No. 3 Oregon overcame a slow start en route to an 85-52 rout of Arizona on Friday night.
It was the third time Ionescu had recorded a triple-double against Arizona and second this season.
“I don’t really know what it is about them,” Ionescu said. “I was recruited by them and every time we play them they’re giving us their best shot. I obviously have to do the same and our team has to do the same. So we’re always amped up to play them.”
Ruthy Hebard added 22 points for the Ducks (21-2, 10-1 Pac-12) and Satou Sabally finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, plus six assists in Oregon’s ninth consecutive victory. Taylor Chavez added 17 points in a reserve role.
Ionescu has dedicated the rest of the season to her friend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. She tweeted “#24 for you my guy!!!”
Cate Reese led Arizona (18-4, 7-4) with 17 points and Ari McDonald added 13, keeping alive her streak of having scored in double figures in each of her 59 career games, though it matched her season low. The 33-point loss ended Arizona’s five-game winning streak and was the worst defeat of the season for the Wildcats.
“They’re just a really good team,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “When Satou plays good, I think they’re great because she is a very difficult matchup. But Sabrina is the catalyst to all of that.”