Sabrina Ionescu and Minyon Moore helped the Oregon Ducks to the Pac-12 Tournament title and a likely number one seed in the NCAA Tournament after beating Stanford 89-56.
The game could have gotten out of control early as several Oregon Ducks found early foul trouble. Sabrina Ionescu had two uncharacteristic fouls before halftime along with Taylor Chavez, but Oregon found a way to adjust. The first half also saw a tight game between two of the top teams in the Pac-12 this season with Stanford holding a lead after the first quarter. The Ducks ended that quickly in the second quarter.
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Oregon broke out scoring 29 points before halftime limiting the Stanford Cardinal to under 10 points in the second quarter as the Cardinal finished with 9 points. At one point the Cardinal had 37 points and Sabrina Ionescu and Minyon Moore had a combined 37 points. Stanford was in trouble before halftime and clearly struggled to keep up with the Ducks Offense with so many weapons.
The Oregon Ducks shot over 50 percent from the floor and from three-point range led by Moore who hit 4 of 5 from distance. Moore also had three assists and one of the Ducks 9 steals in the game. The Ducks finished with 23 assists led by Sabrina Ionescu had notched another double-double in her career.
Ionescu scored 20 points and finished with 12 assists and 8 rebounds against Stanford as the Ducks topped the Cardinal for the third time this season. The Ducks are in a class all their own in the Pac-12 and have a legitimate argument for the overall number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.
We now get to sit back, watch, and debate over the next few weeks as South Carolina and Baylor will look to make the same argument. One thing is clear. Oregon will play two games at Matthew Knight Arena to open the NCAA Tournament in a few week’s time.
Selection Monday is March 16th at 4 pm Pacific Time on ESPN.