By Ryan Thorburn

The (Eugene) Register Guard

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Arizona at No. 8 Oregon

When: 8 p.m. Friday

TV: Pac-12

EUGENE — Oregon women’s basketball continues to make history this season.

After sweeping the Los Angeles schools on the road for the first time ever this past weekend, the Ducks moved up one spot to No. 8 in The Associated Press poll, which is the highest ranking in program history.

“It’s nice, and it means you’re still winning,” UO coach Kelly Graves said of the ranking. “But I don’t think our kids pay too much attention to it. We don’t ever talk about it.”

Oregon improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play with wins over USC (70-66) and No. 14 UCLA (70-61). Oregon State (11-4, 2-2) dropped from No. 16 to No. 22 after getting swept by the Trojans (11-4, 1-3) and Bruins (11-4, 2-2).

Graves, who still has the youngest roster in the conference, praised Maite Cazorla’s quiet leadership. The junior guard averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals over the weekend.

“I think she’s been one of our most consistent players all year,” Graves said. “She’s played well all year. I don’t know how many times as a staff we’ve said, ‘Wow, Maite has never looked better.’”

This is Oregon’s first 4-0 start in conference play in 17 years. The Ducks are tied with No. 18 Arizona State atop the Pac-12 standings.

The Sun Devils (13-3, 4-0) visit Matthew Knight Arena Sunday.

“We’ve got 14 games to go,” Graves said of sweeping USC and UCLA. “But just the fact that we got both of those teams on the road, that’s huge in this conference. You kind of look at the other teams you might be competing with for the championship or the teams that might be up there; to keep up, they have to sweep that trip. That’s going to be tough.”

A week before Oregon snapped UCLA’s 20-game home winning streak against Pac-12 teams, Sabrina Ionescu became the NCAA’s career leader in triple-doubles with her eighth in a win over Washington.

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