In front of a packed Matthew Knight Arena Sunday afternoon, the #5 nationally ranked Oregon Ducks 17-1(6-0) took on the Arizona Wildcats 13-5 (3-4). The Wildcats, lead by Aari McDonald, came into the game after a tough road loss to Oregon State in Corvallis, and were looking to bounce back. The Ducks, lead by Sabrina Ionescu, came off a hard-fought home win against #19 Arizona State, in which Ionescu scored 31 points.
Oregon came roaring out of the gates to begin the game. The Ducks went on a 20-0 run to start, before Arizona was finally able to stop the bleeding. In the first quarter alone, Satou Sabally scored 18 points and was 4/5 from three-point range. By the end of the first quarter, the Ducks lead the Wildcats 31-4. Oregon as a team were 12/19 from the field, shooting 63%. The defense was also stellar, not allowing Arizona to score for the first 7:28 of the game, and held Arizona to 32% shooting for the half, forcing 7 turnovers. Although the shooting cooled in the second quarter, the Ducks still lead by a commanding margin by the end of the first half. Oregon. The first half finished, Oregon leading 44-23. Sabally lead all scorers with 23 points off of 9/12 shooting, and 5/7 from behind the arc. Ionescu didn’t score much but was active on both sides of the ball, with 2 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Aari McDonald lead Arizona with 9 points in the half.
Sabrina Ionescu came out on a triple double mission in the second half. She scored 13 points in the quarter to give her 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists through three quarters. Ionescu extends her NCAA record for triple doubles to 16. Today’s triple double also gives her 6 triple doubles just this season. Erin Boley also had a solid quarter, shooting 4/5 from three-point range, and scored 14 points. Finally, with 7:12 left in the game, Oregon was able to increase its advantage to a game high, 37 points. From there the pace of the game slowed down significantly. With 3:05 left in the game Ionescu checked out for the final time, to a standing ovation from the crowd. The Ducks went on to cruise to a 93-60 victory. Satou Sabally lead the way for the Ducks, scoring 25 points, while Ionescu chipped in 21, and Boley scored 19. Oregon shot 52% from the field and 43% from three and held Arizona to 41% from the field.
Up Next: Oregon 17-1(6-0) heads on the road to take on Washington State 7-11(2-5) on January 25th in Pullman.
Game Story: (By: Bill Braker)
Head Coach Kelly Graves
Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu