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The ultimate guide to Oregon women's basketball star Sabrina Ionescu

Sabrina Ionescu helped lead Oregon to its first Final Four in 2019 and broke the men's and women's NCAA record for career triple-doubles. ESPN.com

On Jan. 16, Sabrina Ionescu scored a career-high 37 points, became Oregon's all-time scoring leader and became the first woman in the past 20 seasons to tally 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists against a top-five opponent.

And the Pac-12 season is barely underway.

Ionescu, a 5-foot-11 guard, is the front-runner for national player of the year and the projected No. 1 pick in April's WNBA draft. She is also a triple-double machine, and she just keeps adding to her NCAA career record for men and women. Her total sits at 22.

But her ultimate goal is guiding Oregon to its first national title.

We're tracking the journey, the stat watch and record countdown. We've got it all. Even how to pronounce her last name.

STATS | TRIPLE-DOUBLE TRACKER | HIGHLIGHTS | SCHEDULE


Say it with us

Friends call her Sabs. But maybe that's just because her last name is often mispronounced. We're here to help: YO-ness-coo.


Most recent highlights

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Ionescu becomes Oregon's top scorer, then sends Eugene into a frenzy

Sabrina Ionescu knocks down a jump shot to become Oregon's all-time leading scorer, then drains a 3-pointer before the quarter ends to get the Oregon faithful amped.

Record watch

Ionescu is on pace to become the first men's or women's college basketball player to amass 2,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. She's currently on pace to reach the milestone in late February. Through Jan. 16, she currently sits at 2,265 points, 904 rebounds and 928 assists.

Ionescu already owns Oregon's career scoring mark. In her 37-point performance on Jan. 16, she broke Alison Lang's record of 2,252 points. The crowd gave Ionescu a standing ovation after the record was announced at Matthew Knight Arena. And Kobe Bryant tweeted that Ionescu was the GOAT.


Season stats

Through Oregon's win over No. 3 Stanford on Jan. 16 -- in which Ionescu scored a career-high 37 points -- she is averaging 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Next up: home vs. Cal on Jan. 19.


Triple-double tracker

Ionescu holds the NCAA record for men and women with 22 career triple-doubles.

After her most recent triple-double, on Jan. 12, LeBron James tweeted that "She's so DOPE!! Keep going Queen Sabrina!

  • Oregon is 22-0 in games in which Ionescu tallies a triple-double

  • 12 occurred on a Sunday; 16 occurred in Eugene in home games

  • She scored at least 20 points in seven triple-doubles; scored 29 points twice

  • Most rebounds: 18; most assists: 14 (three times)

  • Triple-doubles by year: Senior (4), junior (8), sophomore (6), freshman (4)

  • Next-best NCAA mark: 12 triple-doubles, BYU's Kyle Collinsworth

  • Her first triple-double, on Nov. 27, 2016, in her seventh college game, was Oregon's first since 1988


Kobe on Ionescu

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Kobe analyzes Ionescu's pick-and-roll prowess

Kobe Bryant looks at Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu's tape and how she operates in the pick and roll. Watch episodes of "Detail" exclusively on ESPN+.

Prior to the 2019 Women's Final Four, Kobe Bryant broke down game tape of Ionescu and how she operates in the pick-and-roll. Watch episodes of "Detail" exclusively on ESPN+.


When a miss hits the target

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Ionescu's triple-double leads Oregon to Sweet 16

Sabrina Ionescu continues to increase her career-leading triple-double total with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Oregon's win.

Ionescu has tallied triple-doubles any way you can imagine. There is the time she had eight rebounds and six assists -- in a single quarter. She has recorded back-to-back triple-doubles -- on three occasions. And in her 12th triple-double, she had seven turnovers. "That was like the worst triple-double I've ever had," Ionescu said afterward. "It almost shouldn't count."

But what happens when the clock is winding down and you're one rebound short of a triple-double?

In the second round of last season's NCAA tournament, No. 2 seed Oregon led Indiana by 23 points when Ionescu spotted up for a 3-pointer near the top of the arc. It missed, and Ionescu picked up the ensuing rebound with 2:28 left to secure her 18th triple-double, becoming the second women's player to have multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA tournament.

"A little bit, a little bit. I knew exactly where it was going to go, so I was like, 'Let me just kind of add a little more rotation on this shot so I can get it back.'" Sabrina Ionescu, when asked if she missed a shot on purpose so she could get her own rebound

In the postgame courtside interview, ESPN's Dave Pasch asked Ionescu if she missed her last shot on purpose.

"A little bit, a little bit," said. "I knew exactly where it was going to go, so I was like, 'Let me just kind of add a little more rotation on this shot so I can get it back.'"

But just to be clear, Oregon coach Kelly Graves says no one works harder than Ionescu.

"The thing about Sabrina is, she does it every day in practice too, not just when the lights go on," Graves said after Ionescu's seventh triple-double, during her sophomore season. "She does it each and every day; she's our hardest worker."


Fans flock to see the Ducks

When coach Graves arrived in Eugene in 2014, the Ducks hadn't had a winning season since the 2009-10 campaign. Then in 2015, Ionescu and the rest of this year's senior class took the court. As the wins have piled up, so have the attendance figures. In fact, six of the top seven biggest crowds in Oregon women's basketball history occurred last season -- including a school-record 12,364 fans for the Civil War matchup with Oregon State on Feb. 15.

Home attendance increased by 175% from Ionescu's freshman season to her junior season, as more than 121,500 fans flooded Matthew Knight Arena in 2018-19. Oregon averaged 7,148 fans last season to rank eighth in the country in attendance.


Sabrina's obsession

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Sabrina, Eddy Ionescu's friendly sibling rivalry remains strong

Competitive with each other from an early age, twins Sabrina and Eddy Ionescu's sibling rivalry hasn't changed a bit over the years.

Nobody in college basketball has mastered the triple-double like Ionescu. Can she now lead the Ducks to an NCAA championship? Elizabeth Merrill


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