Oregon Ducks

Oregon climbs in AP Poll, Ionescu earns Pac-12 honors

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks women’s basketball squad outscored their opponents 192-110 over the weekend. 

A 32-point victory over then No. 3 Stanford and a 50-point win over unranked Cal.

After such a dominating weekend, the Ducks have moved up in the AP Poll Top-25 rankings from No. 6 up to No. 4.

Other Pac-12 nods include No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 10 UCLA, No. 16 Arizona State, and No. 18 Arizona.

Against Stanford, the G.O.A.T Sabrina Ionescu was three rebounds shy of recording yet another triple-double: 37 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. 

The Ducks and Cardinal were back-and-forth throughout the first half with Oregon taking a 36-30 lead at halftime. But the third quarter is where everything changed for Oregon.

Second quarter, we started to establish who we are and how we wanted to play the game and then I thought the third quarter is when we put the hammer down. That was as good as a defensive quarter as we’ve played this year. — Head Coach Kelly Graves

Not only did Oregon candidly take care of Stanford, but Ionescu became Oregon’s all-time leading scorer.

It starts with Sabrina. She was magical tonight in lots of different ways. — Graves

Two days later, the Ducks dismantled the Cal Golden Bears putting up a triple-digit score (105) on one end and limiting Cal to only 55 points on the other. This time, it was junior Satou Sabally who lead all scores with 31 points and junior Erin Boley who dropped 22 points hitting 6-of-8 from three-point range.

 

After the historic weekend, Ionescu earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

UP NEXT: Welcome to Civil War weekend. The No. 4 Oregon Ducks will first host rival No. 7 Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena before making the 45-minute trip north to Corvallis for part two on Sunday, tip-off at 1 p.m (PT).