It felt like a knockout punch in the moment.

On Feb. 10, 2019, Oregon dominated Stanford 88-48 to end the program’s 29-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion and give the Cardinal their  most lopsided home loss under legendary coach Tara VanDerveer.

“I was really confused,” Oregon senior guard Minyon Moore, who played at USC the past three seasons, said of her reaction when she saw the score. “When you’re focused on offense and you scout right and you watch film and you focus at practice, it just shows what you’re capable of.

“Stanford is a great, great team. But all teams are beatable.”

The Ducks, who were 12-0 in Pac-12 play after the historic victory, cruised to their second consecutive regular-season conference title.

But the former champions got off the mat.

The Cardinal counterpunch: A 64-57 win over Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game last March in Las Vegas.

The national heavyweights meet again when No. 6 Oregon hosts No. 3 Stanford on Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena (6 p.m., ESPN).

Both teams have been ranked No. 1 this season.

The Ducks (13-2, 3-1), the preseason favorite in the Pac-12 coaches poll, have been dominant at home but lost to No. 5 Louisville in November and let a 12-point lead slip away last Friday at No. 18 Arizona State.

Sabrina Ionescu extended her NCAA career record for triple-doubles to 22 to lead Oregon to a bounce-back win at No. 21 Arizona last Sunday.

“It sucked. It was hard. We got outworked in that second half,” Ionescu said of the loss to the Sun Devils, who also toppled then-No. 3 Oregon State. “But we rallied and played really well against Arizona. So that helped.”

The Cardinal (15-1, 4-0), picked to finish second in the Pac-12, has won five consecutive games since its 69-64 loss at Texas.

Stanford, which has won its last three games in Eugene, picked up its first road win on Sunday at rival California (79-65).

Haley Jones, one of four freshmen in VanDerveer’s rotation, is the first Stanford player to score in double figures in their first four conference games since all-American Nicole Powell, a former Oregon assistant, in 2001.

“I hope this is an environment that can be intimidating for those young players,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “But the bottom line is the crowd won’t win the game, the five Ducks that are on the floor are going to win or lose the game with how we play.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re focused and ready to go, regardless of who they put out there.”

The Cardinal could get senior guard DiJonai Carrington, who has missed the last 11 games, back from injury.

The starting guard line of Kiana Williams, Lexie Hull and Jones is averaging a combined 37.4 points per game.

“I mean, they’re just so smart. And it’s not even a joke or a hit at the fact that they go to Stanford,” said Ionescu, who grew up in the Bay Area. “They’re very smart. They know the scout religiously, they know every player’s strengths, every player’s weaknesses.

“We’ll call out a play, and they already know exactly what play we’re going to run.”

VanDerveer — who has a 1,082-248 (.814) overall record — is 17 victories away from passing Pat Summitt (1,098) as the winningest coach in women’s college basketball history.

Ionescu, who is already Oregon’s all-time leader in assists, is 25 points away from becoming the program’s career scoring leader.

Before the nationally-televised matchup with Pac-12 championship and NCAA Tournament seeding implications tips off, Oregon is expecting Matthew Knight Arena to sell out.

“Coach Graves said the other day in practice that we haven’t even reached our full potential yet, nothing close to our full potential,” Moore said. “When that does come around and we’re able to get everything together, I think it’s a scary sight. I’m excited for that.”

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