Ionescu sets NCAA triple-double record in Oregon win
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead No. 10 Oregon to a 94-83 victory over Washington on Sunday.
Ionescu had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to their fifth consecutive win. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.
Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.
Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and Bando had 20 points.
Amber Melgoza had 23 of her 31 points in the final quarter for the Huskies (6-7, 0-2). Hannah Johnson and Jenna Moser each had 12.
Washington overcame a poor start by shooting 27 of 47 (57.4 percent) over the final three quarters, including 11 3-pointers. The Huskies trailed by double digits until Melgoza’s jumper pulled them within nine at 73-64 in the final quarter.
Oregon dominated inside with a 44-24 rebounding margin and a 40-20 edge in points in the paint.
The Ducks were 36 of 75 overall (48.0 percent) and 14 of 38 beyond the arc.
Oregon is off to its best Pac-12 start in eight seasons and gets its first shot at preseason conference favorite and No. 11 UCLA next Sunday on the back end of its road trip to Los Angeles. The Ducks are 2-2 against ranked teams this season, all away from Eugene.
Washington’s post-Kelsey Plum era is off to a rough start after road losses to two ranked Pac-12 teams. The rebuilding Huskies have one starter back from last season’s 29-6 team led by Plum, the national player of the year.
Washington: Hosts Utah on Friday night.
Oregon: Plays at USC on Friday night.