Sabrina Ionescu, the lone member of NCAA Division I’s 2,000-point, 1,000-assist and 1,000-rebound club — man or woman — has been awarded the 2020 Wade Trophy, the WBCA announced Thursday.
Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season, with her assists leading the nation by 0.9 helpers. She recorded eight triple-doubles as a senior, giving her 26 for her college career.
Ionescu was named the AP Player of the Year on March 23, joining former UConn Huskies star Breanna Stewart as the only other player to win the award unanimously. On Thursday, the Oregon star became the sixth player to win the Wade Trophy twice, after Stewart, Nancy Lieberman, Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner and Maya Moore, who won the award three times.
Ionescu’s 2019-20 campaign lived up to expectations. She notched career bests in assists and rebounds per game, though her 17.5-point scoring average was down from her sophomore year’s 19.7 points per game and the 19.9 points she averaged as a junior.
Ionescu got teammates Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally more involved and sacrificed scoring in favor of distributing. Yet, she still managed a career-high 37 points against the Stanford Cardinal on Jan. 16 and a career-high 18 rebounds against the UC Riverside Highlanders on Dec. 16.
- Chennedy Carter of the Texas A&M Aggies
- Lauren Cox of the Baylor Lady Bears
- Kathleen Doyle of the Iowa Hawkeyes
- Dana Evans of the Louisville Cardinals
- Tyasha Harris of the South Carolina Gamecocks
- Ruthy Hebard of the Oregon Ducks
- Sabrina Ionescu of the Oregon Ducks
- Aari McDonald of the Arizona Wildcats
- Satou Sabally of the Oregon Ducks
- Megan Walker of the UConn Huskies