By Joe Stiglich

The Associated Press

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No. 3 Oregon vs. St. Mary’s

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

MORAGA, Calif. — Sabrina Ionescu’s homecoming is off to a terrific start.

Ionescu had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and No. 3 Oregon coasted to a 94-44 victory over UC Riverside on Friday in the opener of the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic.

Ionescu attended Miramonte High School in nearby Orinda, less than 10 minutes from the Saint Mary’s campus. She had not played a game in the area since high school.

“I’m so excited, I had so much family and friends that came out to watch me,” she said. “It’s just been awesome.”

Ruthy Hebard scored 19 points for Oregon, and Satou Sabally had 17.

The Ducks (5-0) led 52-18 at halftime on their way to another lopsided win. They entered with a 33-point average margin of victory, their closest game being a two-point victory over then-No. 18 Syracuse on Nov. 10.

Ionescu played a prominent role in the fast start with 11 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers.

“We wanted to get better defensively and we did,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “Some of the little things, we talked better, we scrambled better, we dominated the boards. I actually was pleased with the effort.”

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