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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

Sabrina 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 24.

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

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

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Ionescu adds another milestone

With her third assist Friday, Sabrina Ionescu became just the second player (male or female) in Division I history to tally 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists.

Ionescu reached the milestone with 33 seconds to play in the first quarter of third-ranked Oregon's 80-66 victory over No. 7 UCLA. Ionescu brought the ball up court and then found Taylor Chavez, who knocked down a 3-pointer for the Ducks.

Courtney Vandersloot, a point guard for the WNBA's Chicago Sky, became the first player to hit the 2,000-point, 1,000-assist during her career at Gonzaga, where she played from 2007-2011 for Oregon coach Kelly Graves.


Speaking of records

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 Feb. 16, she currently sits at 2,429 points, 980 rebounds and 1,018 assists.


Most recent highlights

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Ionescu dishes 1000th career assist in Ducks' win

Sabrina Ionescu scores 18 points and adds eight assists, including 1000th of her career as the Ducks take down the Bruins 80-66.

Season stats

Through Oregon's win over USC on Feb. 16, Ionescu is averaging 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. Next up: at Cal on Feb. 21.


No. 24 for No. 24

On Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine fatalities in a helicopter crash. Ionescu and her teammates learned of the tragedy less than an hour before Oregon's game at Oregon State.

Moments after the final whistle, Ionescu dedicated the season to Bryant.

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Ionescu dedicates Oregon's season to Kobe

After a 66-57 win over rival Oregon State, Sabrina Ionescu says she's dedicating the rest of her season to her "really close friend" Kobe Bryant.

"Everything I do, I do it for him," Ionescu told ESPN during an on-court, television interview. "[He was a] really close friend. And this season's for him."

On Feb. 7, when she tallied her 24th triple-double, Ionescu was quick to connect it to Bryant, who wore No. 24 during the second half of his NBA career.

"Definitely a little bit more emotional for this one," Ionescu said. "... But he's sending me a text in a different way so I can hear him congratulating me and our team."

Ionescu later tweeted: "#24 for you my guy!!! You will always have the best seat in the house."


Outside the Lines

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Ionescu has unfinished business in her senior season

Go behind the scenes with Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks before their big win at UConn.

Triple-double tracker

Ionescu holds the NCAA record for men and women with 24 career triple-doubles.

  • Oregon is 24-0 in games in which Ionescu tallies a triple-double

  • 12 occurred on a Sunday; 17 occurred in Eugene in home games

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

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

  • Triple-doubles by year: Senior (6), 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


'I think we should be the barometer'

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Ionescu: I think we're the barometer

Sabrina Ionescu credits Oregon's defense and calls her team the barometer of great teams.

Before the Feb. 3 showdown between Oregon and UConn, ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel wrote that "as teams strive to be one of the nation's elite teams, beating UConn -- especially on the Huskies' turf -- was part of the requirement."

The Ducks not only scored their first win over UConn -- the series consists of just four games -- they handed the Huskies their worst loss ever at Gampel Pavilion.

Ionescu told Scott Van Pelt after the 74-56 win that she got chills "just being able to walk into that gym and see their 11 championships and posters and accolades everywhere ... it's awesome coming into this arena and seeing what it's like to have a winning program."

And for so long, UConn has been the standard-bearer in women's basketball. Ionescu suggested that might need to change.

"I think we should be the barometer," she told ESPN's Holly Rowe in an on-court postgame interview.

Ionescu quickly added: "Obviously there's a lot of room for us to grow and continue to get better, and we didn't have our A-game tonight as well -- too many turnovers, and I take a huge role in that because I had a lot of turnovers as well. ... We want to continue to grow and be the team that we know we can be."


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+.


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.


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.


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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