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Ionescu has 21 and No. 2 Oregon women rout Colorado 104-46

Ionescu has 21 and No. 2 Oregon women rout Colorado 104-46

Eugene, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 21 points and seven assists to become the 12th woman in NCAA history to reach 900 career assists, and No. 2 Oregon handed Colorado its first loss of the season with a 104-46 victory Friday night.

The Ducks (11-1, 1-0 Pac-12) earned their fifth straight win. Oregon's lone loss was to No. 8 Louisville at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 30.

The Buffaloes (12-1, 1-1) opened their Pac-12 slate with an 80-70 victory at Utah on Sunday. Colorado was one of just nine undefeated Div. I teams going into the game.

The Buffaloes were led by Jaylyn Sherrod and Aubrey Knight with nine points apiece.

Ruthy Hebard added 21 points for the Ducks, who led by as many as 61 points.

Hebard went into the game needing 15 points to reach 2,000 for her career — joining Ionescu and three other Ducks in reaching the milestone. She became the 12th player in league history with at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Ionescu, who also had six rebounds, headed to the bench for the night late in the third quarter. The senior guard has three triple-doubles this season to increase her NCAA record — women and men — to 21. She had triple-doubles in each of the Ducks' last two games, an 84-41 victory over UC Riverside and an 89-51 win over Kansas State.

Hebard's layup gave the Ducks a 66-26 lead in the third quarter. Satou Sabally converted a fast-break layup and a free throw to push the lead to 43 points.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The 12-0 start was Colorado's best since also going 12-0 to open the 2011-12 season. ... Colorado coach JR Payne played under Oregon coach Kelly Graves at St. Mary's and was on his staff at Gonzaga.

Oregon: Ionescu is the only current NCAA player to reach 2,000 career points. ... The Ducks are 7-0 at home this season.

UP NEXT

Colorado: The Buffaloes travel north to play No. 3 Oregon State on Sunday. The Beavers defeated Utah 77-48 on Friday night.

Oregon: The Ducks host the Utes on Sunday.

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Updated : 2021-06-18 05:47 GMT+08:00