Sabrina Ionescu wanted to make sure she finished Oregon’s second-round win with a triple-double.
The No. 2 Ducks had a comfortable lead over the No. 10 Hoosiers so when Ionescu attempted her last shot, she purposefully missed in order to get the rebound. It was that board that gave Ionescu her 18th career triple-double — the most career triple-doubles of any woman or man in the NCAA.
“I knew exactly where it (the ball) was going to go, so I was like, ‘Let me just kind of add a little more rotation on this shot so I can get it back,” Ionescu said after the game.
Ionescu finished with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the 91-68 win. She joined Stanford’s Nicole Powell as the only players in Division I history with multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament.
It was her eighth of the season.
Sabrina Ionescu said she missed the last shot so she could get the triple double 😂 pic.twitter.com/JTreByLB2o
The Ducks will now prepare for a Sweet 16 matchup at the Moda Center, home of NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.
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The game against Indiana very well could be Ionescu’s last in front of a home crowd as many believe she will turn pro after her junior season. She is currently projected to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.
Oregon will face the winner of South Dakota State and Syracuse next weekend.
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