After Friday’s closer-than-expected victory over No. 19 Arizona State, No. 5 Oregon wanted to get off to a better start Sunday.
Unluckily for visiting Arizona, the Ducks were true to that testament, jumping out to a 23-0 lead to begin the game — cruising the rest of the way to a 93-60 victory.
Oregon entered the game as the nation’s No. 2 scoring team (tops in Pac-12), averaging 90.3 points per game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were the nation’s No. 11 scoring defense (tops in pac-12), giving up just 54.4 points per game.
Something had to give — and it wasn’t going to be the Ducks (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12).
Satou Sabally was unstoppable on offense, finishing with 25 points in 24 minutes, shooting 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Ruthy Hebard had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds while Erin Boley, coming off a quiet game two nights ago, finished with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep.
Sabrina Ionescu added to her NCAA record by notching her 16th career triple-double — finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
After jumping out to a 31-4 first quarter lead, Arizona fought back by outscoring the Ducks 19-13 in the second quarter.
Any momentum Arizona (13-5, 3-4 Pac-12) had after the break was quickly diminished as Boley knocked down two three-pointers within the first two minutes to extend the lead.
Ionescu got her triple-double late in the third quarter when she knocked down a three-pointer off an inbounds play. She and Boley knocked three-pointers on the next two possessions to give the Ducks a 73-44 lead entering the fourth quarter.
As a team, Oregon shot 33-for-63 (52.4-percent) from the field and 15-for-35 (42.9-percent) from three-point territory. They dominated the Wildcats from beyond the arc, outscoring them 45-12.
Aari McDonald, the nation’s No. 2 scorer at 25.4 points per game, was held to 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 2-of-7 from deep for Arizona. Cate Reese finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
Oregon now travels north next weekend for a pair of games with the Washington schools. First up is Washington State on Friday, tipoff is set for 7 p.m.