Despite their senior seasons being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabrina Ionescu and Payton Pritchard still made plenty of history.
That includes both of them winning the award given to the nation's best point guard: Pritchard winning the Bob Cousy Award and Ionescu winning her third-straight Nancy Lieberman Award. The honors have made the University of Oregon the first school in NCAA history to take home both awards and therefore becoming the first school ever to have the nation's best point guard in both men's and women's basketball.
University of Point Guards. 🦆@GoDucks is the first school to take home the Bob Cousy Award and Nancy Lieberman Award in the same season, recognizing the nation's top point guards.@fastpp3 x @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/lHqk5rUuHk— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) April 7, 2020
Ionescu spoke to Pac-12 Network about what it means to her to see Pritchard get the national recognition he deserves.
That makes me so happy. Being able to come with him these last four years, I mean he's made me a better player just because everytime I go to workout at the gym whether it's 6:00 a.m. or 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. he's in there working out. We workout together. We bounce ideas off of eachother and I think we both make eachother better. He's one of the best point guards that I've seen and I've been blessed to spend these four years with him and learn from him and how hard he works. He's more deserving of this award than anyone that I know and so I'm so happy for him and for the school and to really, kind of share that award with him is awesome.
The kid out of West Linn averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds while leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 Championship and 24-7 overall record. While Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 8.6. rebounds and 9.1 assists per game leading the Ducks to a Pac-12 Regular Season Championship, Pac-12 Tournament Championship, and the nation's second overall ranking.
This season, the all-time leader in triple-doubles became the first player ever to score 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds, ending her career as the program leader in wins points (2,562) and assists (1,091).
While Pritchard became the first player in Pac-12 men's history to record 1,900 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists. Pritchard also capped off his career as the school record holder in assists (659), wins (105), games played (144) and games started (140).
He joined Gary Payton, Damon Stoudamire and Jason Terry as the only players in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. He also joins this illustrious cast as consensus first-team All-Americans.
Ionescu joins Sue Bird (2000-2002) as the second player in women’s NCAA history to win the Nancy Leiberman award on three occasions.