FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The No. 3 Oregon women’s basketball team opened the season with a dominant 115-36 victory over Division II Alaska-Fairbanks on Tuesday night at the Patty Center.
Sabrina Ionescu notched the 11th triple-double over her career with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the Ducks.
Ruthy Hebard, whose homecoming was interrupted by illness, finished with 15 points and two rebounds.
“I feel a little bit for Ruthy because she has been really sick,” coach Kelly Graves said during his postgame radio interview. “Poor kid did not come to shoot-around and she’s been living by the garbage can.”
Hebard won the opening tip and scored on the first possession to give the Ducks the lead for good.
Oregon shot 65 percent from the floor and led 34-9 at the end of the first quarter. Ionescu set the tone with 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
“It was nice because we had such a great turnout to support Ruthy,” Ionescu said of the crowd, which essentially cheered for both teams.
All nine healthy Oregon players scored, including six in double figures, as the visitors shot 67.7 percent from the field, including 50 percent behind the three-point arc, and 86.4 percent at the free-throw line.
Satou Sabally led all scorers with 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Maite Cazorla had 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting, and Notre Dame transfer Erin Boley added 14 points with four made three-pointers in her first start at Oregon.
“We did everything we were supposed to do tonight, and what a great night,” Graves said. “(Alaska-Fairbanks) knew what the outcome was going to be and they still scheduled the game. That shows a lot of class.”
The Nanooks shot 27.1 percent from the field and were outrebounded 43-16.
“I liked our defense,” Graves said. “It was pretty consistent all night.”
Ionescu had 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds at the end of the third quarter as the Ducks built an 89-30 lead.
True freshman Taylor Chavez added 13 points off the bench for the Ducks. Emily Evans led Alaska-Fairbanks with 12 points on four made three-pointers.
Oregon will host No. 18 Syracuse at 2 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.