The Naismith Trophy is finally headed to Eugene.
For the first time in Oregon history, a Duck has taken home the Naismith Trophy.
Eric Horowitz of Citizen Watch announced on CBS Friday morning that Sabrina Ionescu has been named the recipient of the Citizen Naismith Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding women’s college basketball player. She is the first ever Oregon player to take home the honor.
The 🐐 keeps making history.— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) April 3, 2020
Sabrina Ionescu is the first Oregon player ever to win the Citizen Naismith Trophy, her FIFTH national player of the year award! 👑#GoDucks | @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/Me9fsafYoM
Ionescu edged Baylor’s Lauren Cox, South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris and Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard for the illustrious nod.
The triple-double queen is coming off a historic career at Oregon and a remarkable senior year. Ionescu took home the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the third-straight year and completed a four-year sweep on the all-Pac-12 team. She became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.
Less than 24 hours ago, Ionescu added a second Wade Trophy to her growing collection of postseason awards. She has already taken home Player of the Year honors from the Associated press, USBWA, and ESPN.com. She remains a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which recognizes the nation’s top point guard and the Wooden Award.
In her career at Oregon, Ionescu recorded 2,562 points, 1,091 assists and 1,040 rebounds along with 26 career triple-doubles.