Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

All Ducks fans had been anticipating Wednesday evening for years. 

It marked the first time that former Oregon teammates Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally would face off against each other, rather than taking the floor together.

Sabally told Dani Bar-Lavi of Sports are from Venus after Monday's practice she was excited for the matchup. 

“I’m gonna play for Dallas and she’s gonna play for New York, but we’re gonna play just as we’re playing otherwise: Hard, aggressive, and we’re gonna do our best.” 

Sabally paused, and added: “I am excited though, don’t get me wrong.”

The game left many Ducks fans conflicted on who to cheer for, including The Duck himself.

However, many just wanted to see their favorite alumni perform well and the players did just that.

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Ionescu, the first overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, stole the show with 33 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds.

The G.O.A.T. even hit her first WNBA three, finishing 6-10 from behind the arc. She was doing everything for the New York Liberty but in the end, they were outmatched as they fell 93-80. 

Sabally, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Dallas Wings guard Dare Ogunbowale led the charge with 20 points. 

 

The victory gave Sabally her first win as a WNBA player. 

Next up, the Wings will play the Indiana Fever at 5;00 p.m. PT on Friday, July 31st while the Liberty take on the Atlanta Dream at 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, July 31. 

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