The back-to-back Pac-12 women’s basketball champions are adding one of the conference’s best players.
USC graduate transfer Minyon Moore will join forces with Sabrina Ionescu in Oregon’s backcourt for her senior season.
“Y’all knew I couldn’t leave the Conference of Champions,” Moore posted on social media Saturday during a visit to campus in Eugene. "Scooo Ducks."
Moore led the Trojans in assists (5.9 apg), rebounds (5.5 rpg) and steals (2.6 spg) during the 2018-19 season and was second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game.
The Ducks, coming off the program’s first Final Four appearance, lose four-year starting point guard Maite Cazorla, now an WNBA rookie with the Atlanta Dream.
Moore, a member of the Pac-12 all-defensive team as a junior, will take some of the pressure off Ionescu’s shoulders.
Sophomore Taylor Chavez and junior Morgan Yaeger also have Pac-12 experience. Incoming freshmen Jaz Shelley and Holly Winterburn add depth to the backcourt.
“Nobody can really fill what Maite did. She was such a terrific player and a four-year starter for us,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said last week. “But we’re certainly confident in the other players that we have that can fill that position.”
With Moore joining reigning Wooden Award winner Ionescu in a starting lineup that also includes senior forward Ruthy Hebard, junior forward Satou Sabally and junior forward Erin Boley, Oregon will likely be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll.
Sabally’s younger sister, versatile 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman Nyara Sabally, will also be a key component in the rotation now that she’s healthy. Graves has been raving about the progress 6-6 redshirt junior Lydia Giomi is making in the post during her first healthy offseason.
In addition to Shelley and Winterburn, Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class includes 6-5 forward Lucy Cochrane.
“I like what we have,” Graves said. “I think we have enough next year to contend for a national championship.”