Oregon’s three-headed monster of Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally, and Ruthy Hebard have now departed for the WNBA, ushering in a new era of Ducks basketball.
The new-look Oregon women’s basketball squad will tip off its season on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Seattle U, the team announced Wednesday.
While the Ionescu-Hebard-Sabally era was epic, it’s now time for the Ducks to find a new identity behind senior Erin Boley and 6’7” sophomore Sedona Prince, who were both named to the 2020-21 preseason Pac-12 All-Conference First-Team ahead of the season’s start.
Prince has yet to see the court in her two-year college career. The No. 8 ranked recruit coming out of high school signed with the Texas Longhorns but unfortunately missed her entire freshman year from a season-ending broken right leg injury while playing for the USA U18 national team in August 2018.
Prince then transferred to Oregon where she applied for immediate eligibility from the NCAA. She was denied and had to sit out another full season. Now, Graves and the Ducks will unleash what could be their most prized possession.
“Sedona is going to be great for us,” said senior Erin Boley. “I think all the way around, as far as our post play goes adding Nyara into that too, I think we’re going to be really strong in that area. I am really excited to be able to play with Sedona this year.”
The Ducks are coming off of one of their best seasons in program history, including a trip to the program’s first-ever Final Four and a three-peat as Pac-12 Conference champions. In the first AP Poll Top-25 rankings of the season, Oregon found itself in familiar territory: inside the top 10.
This is the 59th straight Top-10 ranking, the 60th consecutive appearance in the Top-25, and the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. No. 10 is the third-highest ranking in school history: No. 1 in 2019-20 and No. 3 in 2018-19.
The Ducks may have a new look and feel in 2020-21, but they’ll hope to deliver the same punch as their predecessors did last season.