Ionescu, who has 991 rebounds, and Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot are only members of 2,000-point/1,000-assist club

Sabrina Ionescu’s impact on the game of basketball is even being felt from Russia.

With love.

Oregon’s superstar is on the cusp of making more NCAA history as the third-ranked Ducks prepare to re-enter the national spotlight for Monday’s matchup at No. 4 Stanford.

Ionescu recorded the 25th triple-double of her extraordinary career during Friday’s 93-61 victory at California.

The senior from Walnut Creek, Calif., is only nine rebounds shy of becoming the first player, man or woman, to finish a collegiate career with 2,000-plus points, 1,000-plus assists and 1,000-plus rebounds.

“Those are iconic numbers,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “That’s incredible. That may, in our lifetimes, never be broken.”

During the Ducks’ 80-66 victory at UCLA on Feb. 14, Ionescu became only the second player with 2,000 points and 1,000 assists, joining Gonzaga legend Courtney Vandersloot.

Graves’ original point guard prodigy was happy to welcome Ionescu to the exclusive club. Vandersloot has followed the Ducks as much as she can from afar this winter while playing in the Russian Premier League.

“I was excited for her because I remember what it was like when I was in her position and people started mentioning it to me. It was like, What? It was kind of a farfetched stat to me,” Vandersloot said of the statistical milestone during a recent interview with The Register-Guard. “When I found out that she was really close, I was excited to share that with her.

“Knowing she was coach Graves’ player made it that much more special.”

Graves primarily ran a high-low zone offense until Vandersloot, a program-changing recruit from Seattle, stepped on campus in Spokane prior to the 2007-08 season.

With some help from John Stockton, a Gonzaga alum and the NBA’s career assists lead, Graves implemented the pick-and-roll with the ball in Vandersloot’s sure hands.

“I got that from John Stockton,” Graves said. “Because I used to ask him, ‘Now when (Jeff) Hornacek got the ball, would (Karl) Malone ever set picks for him?’ And he goes, ‘No, it was always me.’

“So we started to develop that same way of doing things. I think that’s where it grew out of.”

Stockton compared Vandersloot’s ability to see the court to Wayne Gretzky’s vision on the ice. She finished her Gonzaga career with 2,073 points and 1,118 assists.

Ionescu enters the regular-season road finale at Stanford with 2,446 points, 1,029 assists and 991 rebounds.

“They both share that great competitive spirit, the drive to be good each and every day,” Graves said. “Their ability to see the court is uncanny. I think that’s their biggest similarity in terms of skills. Their vision is elite.

“And they both were blessed to have some really good teammates that could make baskets around them so that teams couldn’t just focus on them.”

The Utah Jazz’s famous pick-and-roll combination was Stockton-to-Malone.

Ionescu’s “Malone” is Ruthy Hebard. The 6-foot-4 senior forward has 2,266 points and 1,247 rebounds.

During the win at Cal, Hebard passed Alison Lang (2,252 points, 1980-84) for second on Oregon’s all-time scoring list behind Ionescu.

Vandersloot played with decorated forward Heather Bowman, who broke the West Coast Conference scoring record with 2,165 points.

“If you have that confidence in a player, and she’s the right player, that kind of stuff happens,” Vandersloot said of two point guards compiling historical numbers in Graves’ system. “You know Sabrina’s going to fill up the stat sheet, which she did all season and her whole career.”

Vandersloot was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft and a member of the league’s all-rookie team that season. She led the Chicago Sky to the WNBA finals in 2014 and set a league record for assists per game (9.1) in 2019.

Ionescu is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA draft after returning for her senior season at Oregon.

“She's going to be a star in the WNBA,” Vandersloot said. “It might not come the first year because most point guards have a little bit of a learning curve. I sure did. It took me a minute. It might not take her as long, but she's going to be a star. She has everything it takes — her ability to shoot, her ability to create for her teammates.

“It's going to be something special, even at the next level.”

Graves’ teams went to the NCAA Tournament in each of Vandersloot’s final three seasons at Gonzaga, including an Elite Eight appearance during her senior season.

Ionescu went to back-to-back Elite Eights as a freshman and sophomore and to the Final Four as a junior.

“Eight years of my coaching career I’ve had the good fortunate to have one of those two running my point,” Graves noted.

Gonzaga lost to Stanford in the regional final in Spokane in Vandersloot's final college game. She was among the hundreds of players who reached out to Graves after Oregon won the Portland Regional to advance to the Final Four for the first time.

“It was special,” Vandersloot said of seeing her coach on the sport’s biggest stage. “When he left Gonzaga, it kind of stung for me. But I knew that he was going to be there and he was going to be there really soon.

“I was just so happy for him because I know how much he puts into it and what a great guy he is. He just deserves all these successes.”

Ionescu put the WNBA on hold after the loss to Baylor in the national semifinals. The only unfinished business remaining for the reigning national player of the year is to lead the Ducks to their first national championship later this season in New Orleans.

“(Graves) deserves it. All those girls do,” Vandersloot said. “For Sabrina staying her senior year and really putting in that extra effort with her teammates and that school, I think that's really cool.

“It’s going to be such a cool story.”

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