EUGENE — Oregon coach Kelly Graves believes Sabrina Ionescu wakes up on game day thinking about what record she might take on as her next challenge.
“I honestly think she does that kind of stuff,” he said.
Not true, the All-America guard said, despite some compelling evidence to the contrary.
Ionescu broke her own school record with 17 assists, Erin Boley scored 24 points and No. 3 Oregon rolled past Long Beach State 110-48 on Sunday.
“That was not what I woke up thinking,” Ionescu said. “Teammates make shots and we shot the ball really well, and that helped (me) get the assists.
“I knew we needed people shooting the ball well and the last few games we haven’t shot the ball like we usually do.”
Ruthy Hebard added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Ducks (7-0), and Maite Cazorla and Satou Sabally each had 18 points. After missing nine of its first 11 3-point attempts, Oregon finished 13 of 29 from the arc as Boley and Cazorla each made four.
Ionescu exited with about four minutes to play with 12 points and six rebounds, four shy of her 13th triple-double. She shares the overall NCAA record of 12 with BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth.
Nine of Ionescu’s assists came in the third quarter, prompting Graves to turn to an assistant and wonder out loud if that is how Ionescu plans to play.
“It was really impressive and she was hunting them, too,” said Graves, who won his 100th game in his fifth season at Oregon. “I thought that made the team better, because then the team knew to make sure they were cutting and being in the right position.
“She’s phenomenal, she truly is. If we were struggling to score, she’d try to get 30, that’s just who she is. She does whatever we need, and tonight was a fun game for her.”
Shanaijah Davison led the 49ers (1-7) with 25 points off the bench.
Long Beach State started four freshmen and a sophomore against an Oregon lineup with 320 combined starts.
No. 2 Connecticut 89, No. 1 Notre Dame 71: SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Christyn Williams scored 16 of her season-high 28 points in the first quarter to help the Huskies dominate the Irish. Williams hit 7 of 8 shots in the first quarter on her way to making 11 of 16 in the game to lead five Huskies in double figures.