Led by the unstoppable Ruthy Hebard, the No. 3 Oregon Ducks earned an easy win on the road against the No. 7 UCLA Bruins, capping a historic night for Sabrina Ionescu.
The No. 3 Oregon Ducks led wire-to-wire in their 80-66 win over the No. 7 UCLA Bruins. This marks the 11th straight win for the Ducks, having not lost since Jan. 10. For UCLA, it is its first home loss and its third Pac-12 loss of the season.
How it happened
The Ducks built a 20-point lead by halftime and cruised the rest of the way. The Bruins cut the lead to 10 points with two minutes left in the final quarter, but never seriously challenged the Ducks. UCLA played a pretty clean game — just eight turnovers — and won the offensive rebounding battle 17-13.
However, UCLA could just not hit shots, finishing at 36.9 percent from the floor and just 2-of-23 from beyond the arc. The Ducks, on the other hand, shot 55.2 percent from the floor. The Ducks were 6-of-15 on 3-pointers, which ended a five-game streak of attempting at least 20 shots from deep.
Ruthy Hebard led the Ducks with her twelfth double-double of the year, pouring in 30 points and 17 rebounds — her second 30-point game of the season. Sabrina Ionescu scored 18 points and contributed eight assists and seven rebounds. Ionescu becomes the fifth women’s college basketball player with 1,000 assists, and just the second college basketball player with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.
Just the 2nd with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, and just the 5th in WBB with 1,000 assists:— Across the Timeline (@WBBTimeline) February 15, 2020
1. Suzie McConnell, - 1,307
2. Andrea Nagy - 1,165
3. @Sloot22 - 1,118
4. Tine Freil - 1,088
5. Sabrina Ionescu - 1,000 https://t.co/21nxwmclzU
If that wasn’t enough, Ionescu is marching towards another accomplishment of her storied career:
Sabrina Ionescu is now only 27 rebounds away from becoming the 1st and ONLY player (women’s or men’s) in D-I history to have 2,000+ points, 1,000+ rebounds, and 1,000+ assists. #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/pctLzocIiD— Women’s Hoopz (@WomensHoopz) February 15, 2020
Lone bright spot
On the losing side, Michaela Onyenwere led her team with 23 points, marking her third straight game (and twelfth on the season) with at least 20 points.
Oregon continues its four-game road trip on Sunday, Feb. 16 against the USC Trojans at 4 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network). UCLA welcomes the currently-No. 11 Oregon State Beavers, who were recently upset by the Trojans 72-66, on Monday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. EST (ESPN2).