How Oregon won: There is a new queen in town, her name is Sabrina Ionescu, and she is really good as basketball. With her eighth career triple-double for the Oregon Ducks, Ionescu, just a sophomore guard, finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead the No. 10 Ducks (13-2, 2-0 PAC-12) to a 94-83 win over the Washington Huskies (6-7, 0-2 PAC-12).
"You know, that's why I never have to worry," said Oregon head coach Kelly Graves following the game. "Sometimes, and most coaches will back me up, sometimes you worry about 'I hope we're ready'... with her [Ionescu] we're going to be ready, because I know she will be. And Ruthy [Hebard] is her best friend and she'll get Ruthy ready... Anytime your best player is also your hardest worker and your most intense player, you've got a good culture."
Graves also got his 500th career win today.
"It's pretty surreal to be honest," said Ionescu. "I don't think I really realized that I just broke it. But I'm just happy that we won tonight and got better and coach Graves got his 500th win. That's important to him and us as a team and all his teams in the past."
What it means: The Ducks are off to a 2-0 start in PAC-12 conference play. The sophomore sensations of Ionescu and forward Ruthy Hebard, combined with the hot shooting of Lexi Bando from three-point range, put these Ducks in good hands offensively. Oregon will have to remain consistent on the defensive end, especially now on the road next week at USC (10-3, 0-2 PAC-12) and No. 11 UCLA (10-3, 1-1 PAC-12).
"I think we lead the conference in three-point percentage defense by quite a bit," said Graves. "I didn't think we defended with a whole lot of enthusiasm. I give Washington a ton of credit..."
Oregon also won the rebound battle over Washington 44-24 and second chance points 29-11.
High flying Ducks: Four Ducks scored in double-digits vs. Washington: Ionsecu leading the way with 24 points, Hebard finished with 23 points, Bando with 20 points (five-for-nine from three-point range), and freshman forward Satou Sabally with 13 points.
Foul play: Freshman guard Anneli Maley, who crashes the boards on nearly every play, finished with four fouls.
Up next: The Ducks fly south to the University of Southern California (10-3, 0-2 PAC-12) at 8 PM this Friday.