It was more of the same Saturday afternoon for the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (8-1) who blew out Long Beach State (3-7) 81-45 in the Walter Pyramid. But this day, a special guest was in attendance.
5-time NBA Champion and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
One GOAT had a front row seat to watch another GOAT. And the one that played put on a show, including a step back three pointer to end the first quarter.
Omg Sabrina with the step back 3 right in front of Kobe to end the 1Q pic.twitter.com/8Djl1oO5yx— Nate Mann (@nate_mann13) December 14, 2019
This wasn’t the first time Kobe has watched Sabrina Ionescu play. He attended the Ducks' game last season at USC on January 11 and later broke down her game on his Detail series on ESPN+ near the end of last season.
She talked about how she was going to use those tips to enhance her game this season at Oregon football’s spring game last April.
.@Sabrina_i20 got the film breakdown treatment from @KobeBryant.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) April 20, 2019
She tells @LewisJohnsonMG on the Autzen sideline how she'll take those tips into her next year with @OregonWBB 🏀
Watch #Pac12FB: https://t.co/WIM5xR18Hn pic.twitter.com/6PpSKAshj1
Ionescu finished the game with 21 points, 19 in the first half, on 9-14 from the field. The all-time NCAA leader in triple doubles did get 12 rebounds but fell three assists short of adding to her record total.
As for her teammates, freshman Jaz Shelley led the way with 17 points on 6-10 from the field including a career high five three pointers.
The Ducks will continue their season against UC Riverside back in Eugene at 11:00am on Monday, December 16.