Sabrina Ionescu has won the Wade Trophy again.
The Oregon star added the hardware, which has been presented since 1978 and is the oldest women’s basketball national player of the year award, to her collection on Thursday. Ionescu also won the Wade Trophy in 2019 after leading the Ducks to the Final Four for the first time in program history.
Ionescu joins Nancy Lieberman (1979, 1980), Seimone Augustus (2005, 2006), Brittney Griner (2012, 2013) and Breanna Stewart (2015, 2016) in the two-time winner’s club. Maya Moore (2009, 2010, 2011) is the only player to win the Wade Trophy three times.
“Sabrina had another historic season at Oregon and elevated her game and, in so doing, our sport as well,” WBCA executive director Danielle M. Donehew said in a statement. “She is an incredibly talented student-athlete, leader and ambassador for women’s basketball.
“Her mastery of so many skills, coupled with her tremendous determination to succeed, has excited the national media and fans alike, and has inspired the next generation of student-athletes.”
For the second straight season, Sabrina Ionescu is the winner of the prestigious Wade Trophy as the national player of the year! #GoDucks | @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/6rmwWdJhr3
On Tuesday, Ionescu was selected as the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award winner. The senior guard also made the Wooden Award all-American first team, along with teammate Ruthy Hebard.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named Ionescu, Hebard and Satou Sabally, Oregon’s “Big Three,” to its all-American team on Thursday. Oregon State’s Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum were honorable mention selections.
The three-time Pac-12 player of the year winner is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy. Ionescu also is expected to repeat as the Wooden Award winner.
Ionescu was named the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association national player of the year last month after becoming the first NCAA player ever to reach 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 assists (1,091) and 1,000 rebounds (1,040).
The Walnut Creek, Calif., native capped her career with an NCAA all-time record of 26 triple-doubles after matching her own single-season record with eight in 2019-20.
Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, a career-high 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists per game while leading the Ducks to the program’s third consecutive outright Pac-12 regular-season title and its second conference tournament title in the last three years.
Oregon finished the season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll behind South Carolina. The NCAA Tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 days after the Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Ionescu is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, which is still scheduled for April 17.
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