02/24 22:04 CST Ionescu first to 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, 1,000 rebounds
Ionescu first to 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, 1,000 rebounds
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) --- Sabrina Ionescu became the first player in NCAA
history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds and notched her
record 26th career triple-double hours after speaking at Kobe Bryant's memorial
service, leading No. 3 Oregon past fourth-ranked Stanford 74-66 on Monday night.
Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the
third quarter and finished with 21 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in her
first triple-double against a top-10 opponent and eighth overall this season to
help Oregon (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) clinch at least a share of its third straight
Pac-12 regular-season title.
Ionescu also had a triple-double Friday night at California while playing near
her East Bay hometown of Walnut Creek, then delivered her eighth career road
triple-double for the Ducks on an emotional day just hours after attending the
service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.
Ionescu got to 1,000 assists in a win at UCLA on Feb. 14. She had her
NCAA-record 25th career triple-double at California on Friday night --- also
most in the men's or women's game. She came into Monday's game needing nine
rebounds for the 1,000 mark.
She now has 2,467, 1,041 assists and 1,003 rebounds, helping Oregon secure
Monday at least 15 conference wins for a third consecutive season. Ionescu shot
9 for 19, missing her three 3-point attempts.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sat on the baseline supporting Ionescu
and women's basketball for the second straight game she played in Northern
California after he was in Berkeley with his two daughters Friday night. He
watched Oregon run its winning streak to 14 in a row and nine straight on the
The Ducks used a big second half to beat the Cardinal 87-55 on Jan. 16 in
Eugene, then held off a late flurry by Stanford (24-4, 13-3) this time on a
night Lexie Hull scored 27 points.
The Cardinal had their four-game winning streak snapped with just a second
defeat at Maples Pavilion this season.
Oregon jumped out to a 25-10 lead then led 32-22 at halftime after four
turnovers late in the second quarter allowed Stanford to stay close.
Ionescu's left sneaker featured "Mamba Mentality" written on it along with
"Forever 24" as well as a "24" on the back.
Curry also attended the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna.
"I can't imagine how emotional it was for everyone in that arena. To be at her
age with all that she's got going on and her connection to Kobe and Gigi and to
give a speech in front of 19,000 people all mourning was unbelievable," Curry
told ESPN. "She spoke so well. Now she's out here representing them playing her
"That's sustained greatness. She came back her senior year for a reason to get
the national championship. She's blazing a trail no one has stepped foot in."
Oregon: Oregon won its ninth game against a Top-25 opponent during the winning
streak, sixth vs. a Top-10 teams and third when facing a top-five program. ...
The Ducks are outscoring opponents by 24.8 points during the winning streak.
They haven't lost since a road defeat at Arizona State in Tempe on Jan. 10. ...
The Ducks are 11-1 on the road.
Stanford: Nadia Fingall had 12 rebounds as the Cardinal held a 36-34 advantage
on the boards. ... Stanford dropped to 14-2 at home.
Oregon: Hosts Washington State on Friday night.
Stanford: At Arizona on Friday night.
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