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AAA Jan. 13, 2018 12:57 AM ET
Ionescu leads No. 8 Oregon over Arizona
By RON RICHMOND, Associated Press
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points and 11 rebounds as No. 8 Oregon pulled away in the second half to a 62-44 victory over Arizona on Friday night.
Ruthy Hebard added 14 points for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12), who won their eighth consecutive game. Ionescu's double-double was her eighth of the season.
Sam Thomas had 14 points to lead the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5). Kat Wright added 12 points and Jalea Bennett had 10.
Arizona lost any hope for an upset by missing its first 12 shots of the third quarter to see a one-point halftime deficit balloon to 14. Hebard was the difference inside against the Wildcats' tight zone in the second half with 10 points.
Oregon countered Arizona's defense with 36 3-point attempts, two off its season high, and made 12. The Ducks were 21 of 55 overall for 38.2 percent and had a 39-37 edge in rebounds.
After trailing early by seven points, Oregon rode a 14-2 run to lead 19-14 after one quarter. It kept looking for the knockout punch from the 3-point line but failed to connect, going 5 for 18 beyond the arc to lead 27-26 at the half.
Oregon took sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with its win and Arizona State's loss at Oregon State. The Ducks are 5-0 in conference play for the first time and 11-0 at home this season.
Arizona plays its fourth consecutive ranked team at No. 22 Oregon State on Sunday.
Oregon, which is 3-2 against ranked teams, faces its first one at home against No. 18 Arizona State on Sunday.Associated Press