The Oregon Ducks had not won in Stanford since March 5, 1987. That streak ended yesterday with Oregon’s 88-48 win for Stanford. Oregon has now won two straight games against Stanford, having defeated them in the PAC-12 Championship game last season, 77-57.
The Cardinal made the first two baskets of the game, but Oregon would answer with a 14-0 run, never looking back. Oregon controlled the game, winning every quarter by at least six points. The second quarter was their most impressive, outscoring Stanford 24-9 on 11-18 (6 percent) shooting. The Ducks finished the game shooting 57 percent and was an astounding 12-16 (75 percent) from three-point range.
Player of the Year candidate Sabrina Ionescu was dangerously close to her 17th career triple-double as she recorded 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Stanford also had no answer for forward Ruthy Hebard, who added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Ionescu and Hebard combined for 20 made baskets, which is more than Stanford made as a team (19).
Stanford was swallowed up by Oregon’s defense, limited to shooting 31 percent from the field. Alanna Smith, the team’s leading scorer, could never find a rhythm on offense and finished with just six points and no successful three-point attempts. The Cardinal were simply undersized and outmatched as they were outscored in the paint, 42-24.
With the win, the Ducks further cemented their status as a No. 1 seed and will face Oregon State in their next two games. Stanford, meanwhile, will have to regroup as they go on the road to play UCLA, who just upset Utah.