For the first time in their professional WNBA careers, Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard will face off against one another on Tuesday.
The former Oregon Ducks women’s basketball players were nothing short of stellar throughout their time in Eugene, Oregon. The two, along with No. 1 overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu, continued to add to the history books the night of the 2020 WNBA Draft.
Ionescu and Sabally were the first one-two punch in the draft since UConn had the first three players selected in the 2016 WNBA draft (Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck). Hebard was selected No. 8 overall by the Chicago Sky.
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As the No. 2 overall pick, the Dallas Wings did not hesitate to take the 6-foot-4 ‘unicorn’ from Oregon. Sabally has already made a case for the 2020 WNBA Rookie of the Year award through just four games in her debut season.
Sabally is currently averaging 14.0 points per game, has recorded a double-double 23 points and 17 rebounds against the Indiana Fever while averaging 29.75 minutes per game.
She’s also getting it done on the defensive end.https://twitter.com/DallasWings/status/1289006105063030784
The Wings are sitting in 10th in the standings with a 2-2 start to the 2020 season.
The Chicago Sky, however, are currently leading the way sitting in first at 3-1 with a huge win over the reigning WNBA champion Washington Mystics. The Sky’s sole loss was to the Minnesota Lynx, 83-81.
Hebard has unfortunately not seen as much playing time as Duck fans are used to seeing when she was donning green and yellow. Her backup role has been effective though. She recorded two points and six rebounds in her WNBA debut against the Washington Mystics.
Tuesday night will look a tad odd to the Oregon Duck fan. Last week, Sabally and Ionescu’s squads faced off for the first time in their young, professional careers, and now it’s time for Sabally and Hebard to take the court.
Catch the game at 3 PM (PT) on Fox.
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