Seniors Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard took over vs. Arizona to propel Oregon to victory

Ashley Young
NBC Sports Northwest

When it's the game comes down to the wire, big time players make big time plays.

And that's what Oregon seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard were this afternoon in a top-25 showdown in the desert between No. 2 Oregon and No. 18 Arizona. 

It's been the Sabrina and Ruthy show for four straight years.

Scroll to continue with content

Four years of dominating not just the Pac-12 conference, but the whole country. In their freshman season, this duo lead the Ducks to upset wins over Duke, Temple and Maryland. The following year, an appearance in the Elite 8. Last season, a trip to the program's first ever Final Four. Now, in their fourth and final season playing together and in Coach Kelly Graves' system, the chemistry continues to flow and build. The two were close to not reuniting for one more run as Ionescu was the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft but decided to return to Oregon for her senior season.

It showed today in a 71-64 gritty win vs. Arizona.

Hebard recorded 19 points and 14 boards for her fourth double-double of the season and 47th of her career. Ionescu recorded her 22nd career triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. 

In the fourth quarter alone, Ionescu scored 11 of Oregon 18's points and hitting 7-for-7 from the free thrown line. Absolutely clutch.

In the video above, Ionescu didn't even realize she recorded yet another triple-double and highlighted the amount of turnovers she had (6). 

This season, Ionescu is averaging 16.2 points, 8.5 assists and 9.1 rebounds. Hebard is averaging 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

When you have players like Ionescu and Hebard in a system for four years running, the possibilities on the offensive end are limitless. The two run a pick-and-roll clinic on opposing defenses. 

UP NEXT: The Ducks will have another huge test on Thursday when No. 5 Stanford visits Eugene at Matthew Knight Arena where Ionescu and Hebard have to be at their best.

Seniors Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard took over vs. Arizona to propel Oregon to victory originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

What to Read Next