EUGENE, OR – Oregon's Pac-12 opener was a milestone night for Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard.
Ionescu had 21 points and seven assists to become the 12th woman in NCAA history to reach 900 career assists, and No. 2 Oregon handed Colorado its first loss of the season with a 104-46 rout on Friday.
Hebard scored 21 points to go over 2,000 for her career.
“It's special,” Hebard said of the on-court relationship she has developed with fellow senior Ionescu. “I'm happy to have her as a teammate, and us accomplishing things side-by-side, together, is always something I'll remember. Hopefully we can do a few more things this year.”
Ducks coach Kelly Graves took it a step further.
“I don't mean to be hyperbolic here. They're as good as any duo that's ever done it in this game, in college basketball. Enough said," Graves said. “I mean, nobody has run it better than them that I can remember. We scored more on the pick and roll than any team in the country last year, men or women, and it's usually Sabrina to Ruthy. So I can honestly say they're two of the best that have ever done it together. They'll always be linked.”
The Ducks (11-1, 1-0) led by as many as 61 points in their fifth straight win. Oregon's lone loss this season was to No. 8 Louisville at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 30.
The Buffaloes (12-1, 1-1) opened their Pac-12 slate with an 80-70 victory at Utah on Sunday. Colorado was one of just nine undefeated Div. I teams going into the game.