It was another back and forth battle, but in the end, it was Sabrina Ionescu who found a way to lead the Ducks to a win over Arizona, 71-64.
After a tough loss to Arizona State, Oregon found a way to get the win at Arizona. Over the weekend the storyline in the Pac-12 was not the Ducks 1-1 weekend, but Arizona State beating two top-five teams in both Oregon and Oregon State.
Oregon finished with three players in double figures led by Ruthy Hebard with 18. Sabrina Ionecu finished with 17 and Satou Sabally ended the game with 18 points. As the game came down the final minutes it was Ionescu who led the charge ending the game with a triple-double. At the end of the game in the post-game interview, she was so surprised she had to stop the interview and check the stat sheet.
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Ionescu finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The loss to Arizona State was a stunner. For a team that had a Pac-12 Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid in their sights, the loss to the Wildcats can easily be one that is forgotten, but it will not be easy. Now instead of being ranked in the top three, Oregon is sixth and face a top-five Stanford team on Thursday night. Oregon will also face two other top five teams in Oregon State, twice next week, along with a trip to Connecticut to start February. Everything is still in front of Oregon, but another loss or two could begin to not only shake up a tight Pac-12 race but put a dent in a top NCAA Tournament bid.
The Oregon Women’s Basketball team hosts the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night where Sabrina Ionescu will be on milestone watch as she looks to become scorer in an Oregon uniform. Tipoff on Thursday is set for 6 pm from Matthew Knight Arena.