Kelly Graves was not in the building, but Sabrina Ionescu was still on the floor.

With its head coach serving a two-game NCAA suspension, Ionescu made some NCAA history while leading No. 7 Oregon to a 82-36 victory over Air Force on Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.

The reigning Pac-12 player of the year finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to break the overall triple-double record with her 13th. Ionescu had been tied with BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, who had 12 on the men’s side.

Ionescu has shattered the women’s record, which was previously shared by Penn State’s Suzie McConnell (1985-88) and Saint Mary’s’ Louella Tomlinson (2008-11) with seven triple-doubles each.

“Just another day,” said Ionescu, who was 7-for-11 from the field and added two steals to her impressive stat line.

 

Oregon improved to 13-0 when Ionescu notches a triple-double.

Ionescu snatched her 10th rebound with 6:11 remaining before acting head coach Mark Campbell took her out of the game to a screeching roar from the crowd of 7,976, which included sections full of children taking advantage of “School Day” at Matthew Knight Arena.

“It was fun to have an opportunity to play in front of 4,000 youngsters from this community,” Campbell said of the ear-piercing atmosphere. “A lot of those kids had probably never been to a game here.”

Ruthy Hebard, who outplayed 6-foot-7 center Teaira McCowan during the Ducks’ critical 82-74 victory over No. 4 Mississippi State on Tuesday, finished with 20 points on 9-for-9 shooting against the diminutive Falcons (4-7).

“I think she showed herself what she was capable of doing, and she completely played like an elite basketball player, an elite post player.” Ionescu said of Hebard’s breakthrough defensive performance in shutting down and wearing down McCowan. “I think we all trusted her and we all know she’s capable of that. If she continues to do that night in, night out, the sky is the limit for her.”

Sophomore forwards Satou Sabally (18 points) and Erin Boley (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Ducks (10-1).

Oregon had a 50-8 scoring edge in the paint and out-rebounded Air Force 50-30.

Graves was probably smiling somewhere.

“Kelly does such an amazing job of laying the foundation, building the culture, and we have some upperclassmen that have just been through the wars,” Campbell said. “It was business as usual today.”

Ionescu reached double figures in scoring with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter. Her basket capped a 9-0 run to start the second half, which gave the Ducks a 48-22 lead.

A layup by Sabally with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter gave Ionescu her 10th assist and increased the lead to 55-25.

The Ducks led 62-27 after Ionescu passed the ball between her legs to a trailing Boley for a three-pointer to close the third quarter.

Oregon led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter after Ionescu’s jumper at the buzzer rattled in.

“We have a special group of players that are obviously super talented,” Campbell said. “Their maturity level, they know what’s at stake every game, regardless of who the opponent is. So that makes my job and our whole coaching staff’s job pretty easy.”

Ionescu, who set school single-game records for made free throws and consecutive made free throws by going 17-for-17 against Mississippi State, missed her first foul shot of the game.

After Air Force made three quick baskets early in the second quarter to cut its deficit to 22-17, Campbell called a timeout and mostly let the players discuss the defensive adjustments that needed to be made with themselves.

The Ducks closed the second quarter with a 17-5 run to take a 39-22 lead into the halftime locker room.

“We’re a work in progress defensively,” Campbell said after Oregon held Air Force to 23 percent from the field. “Second half, I was really proud of how we played defensively.”

Graves will complete his suspension after missing Friday’s game against UC Irvine at Matthew Knight Arena (noon, no television).

“We know he was watching and cheering us on,” Ionescu said. “He’s with us even when he’s not with us.”