ASU handed UO its only Pac-12 loss of the season last month in Tempe
Sabrina Ionescu wanted to make it a doubleheader on Friday night.
“I could go play at this moment,” the Oregon star said after recording the 24th triple-double of her storied career during the Ducks’ 85-52 victory over No. 12 Arizona.
No. 3 Oregon’s next opponent needed a day between games to lick their wounds.
No. 19 Arizona State let a 62-60 lead with 2.4 seconds remaining turn into a 64-62 loss to No. 9 Oregon State late Friday at Gill Coliseum.
Kat Tudor scored with 0.4 seconds left to tie the score, the visitors threw the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds without any time ticking off the clock, and Mikayla Pivic hit a stunning game-winner at the horn.
“A great win. It's one we needed," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said after the Beavers ended a five-game losing streak in the series. "ASU's had our number. It took a big effort to beat them."
Arizona State had Kelly Graves’ number during its 72-66 upset win over Oregon on Jan. 10.
The Ducks (21-2, 10-1), now alone in first place in the Pac-12 after No. 10 UCLA’s 79-69 win at No. 6 Stanford, have won nine consecutive games since relinquishing a 13-point lead in Tempe, Ariz.
The rematch is set for Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
“These kids are going to be ready. I guarantee they’re going to be ready,” Graves said. “Because that’s our only Pac-12 loss. It’s a game we gave away. I did a poor job of coaching late in that game. We should have won that game, and I didn’t give us a chance to.
“They’re going to be pretty hungry. Guaranteed.”
Senior guard Robbi Ryan, who scored 20 points during the Sun Devils’ improbable defeat in Corvallis, led a balanced attack with 17 points during the upset of then-No. 2 Oregon.
Since giving up 72 points in the first meeting, including 30 points in the fourth-quarter collapse, the Ducks have allowed 57.7 points per game since.
Oregon, which is 7-1 against ranked opponents this season with four top-10 wins, is 12-0 at home and 46-2 at Matthew Knight Arena over the last three seasons.
“I know I’ve been ready since I lost to them, and we’ve been ready since we lost to them,” said Ionescu, who had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Arizona. “We’re coming in and we’re really excited to get another chance at them, especially for them to play us here.”
Ruthy Hebard scored a game-high 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Satou Sabally had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Taylor Chavez added 17 points off the bench against Arizona.
The Wildcats were leading the Pac-12 in scoring defense (52.1 ppg) entering the game.
Ionescu, who is averaging an NCAA-best 8.7 assists per game, is eight assists away from joining Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot as the only players in NCAA history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists.
“Sabrina was going to score, and we knew we had to guard her differently,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “She’s just better, she’s improved every year. She’s got a great mid-range game that most college players don’t have, and she Ruthy have such great chemistry. They’re just a really good team. When Satou plays good, I think they’re great because she is a very difficult matchup.
“But Sabrina is the catalyst to all of that.”
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