Sport NCAAW: Sabrina Ionescu's surprise, Muffet McGraw's emotion and 3-Stanford vs. 6-Oregon on deck

19:25  14 january  2020
19:25  14 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Arizona State rallies past No. 2 Oregon as a top women's team falls for second straight day

  Arizona State rallies past No. 2 Oregon as a top women's team falls for second straight day One day after No. 1 Connecticut fell to Baylor at home, Arizona State rallied from 12 points down to upset No. 2 Oregon on Friday night.The victory was one of the biggest in Arizona State history, tying with a 1982 win over No. 2 Southern Cal as the highest-ranked opponent to fall at home to the Sun Devils.

Sabrina Ionescu scores 29 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in Oregon ' s 101-73 win over Minnesota, advancing the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

The inside story of Sabrina Ionescu ' s decision to return to Oregon for her senior season. First, McGraw calmed everyone down. Things looked bad, but it wasn't a catastrophe. McGraw also instructed Jackie Young and Ogunbowale to handle the ball more while Mabrey shifted to the wing.

There was a lot to keep up on this week between constant upsets and an almost complete re-arrange of the rankings. So it was easy to miss a host of other moments, including Sabrina Ionescu’s shock she notched her 22nd triple-double and a heartbreaking moment from Muffet McGraw that only adds to her status as a legendary coach.

Muffet McGraw standing in front of a crowd: Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw hasn't seen many wins this season and it's eating at her. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw hasn't seen many wins this season and it's eating at her. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Plus, what to watch features another key Pac-12 clash on Thursday night.

Sabrina Ionescu’s surprise is refreshing

The triple-double queen added another gem to her crown this weekend. Oregon (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) senior Sabrina Ionescu notched her 22nd career triple-double against then-18th ranked Arizona on Sunday. But she didn’t recognize it during the game and was genuinely surprised she notched her fourth one of the season in a post-game interview with the Pac-12 Network.

Ionescu has 37, No. 6 Oregon women rout No. 3 Stanford 87-55

  Ionescu has 37, No. 6 Oregon women rout No. 3 Stanford 87-55 Sabrina Ionescu didn't notice the Oregon crowd's roar when she finally went to the bench with a career-high 37 points against Stanford. The Ducks' fans were aware she'd set the school's career scoring record. For Ionescu, all that mattered was that the sixth-ranked Ducks were well on the way to handing No. 3 Stanford its first conference loss with an 87-55 victory Thursday night.“I didn't know they said something at the game, did they? Ionescu said. ”I didn't hear it."Ionescu went into the game needing 24 points to match Oregon career leader Alison Lang, who had 2,252 between 1980-84.

Notre Dame' s Muffet McGraw is the third female coach to receive the John R. Wooden Award' s Legends of Coaching honor. McGraw will receive the award on April 7 at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles. She is the third female coach to be honored, joining Tara VanDerveer of

Sabrina Ionescu leads Oregon to the Women' s Final Four (0:54). The ultra-confident Ionescu wasn't surprised when her shot nestled through the net to push Oregon ' s lead to six and Oregon ' s Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a Portland Regional final victory over No. 1 seed Mississippi State after

Ionescu had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists ... and those six turnovers. It’s not the first time she has noted how close she is to an unwanted quadruple-double.

Basketball’s king shouted out the queen on Twitter. She responded to LeBron James with a “thank you” and “Trying to get like you.”

Ruthy Hebard had her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Satau Sabally added 18 points and seven rebounds to complete most of the Ducks’ scoring in a bounce-back win. The conference battling continues on Thursday against Stanford, featured below in “what to watch.”

Oregon's Ionescu reminded us why she’s world's best college basketball player

  Oregon's Ionescu reminded us why she’s world's best college basketball player Sabrina Ionescu's senior season hasn’t been as good as her last. But this 37-point game showed she’s still getting better.We know a lot about Ionescu already because this isn’t her first year sitting atop college basketball’s throne. Her eight junior season triple-doubles headlined most of last year as her Ducks marched on to the Final Four (where they fell to eventual champion Baylor). She’s added four more triple-doubles this year to bring her total to 22, which is 10 more than anyone in men’s or women’s college basketball history has produced. But she hasn’t been as dominant as of late. Until now.

This week ' s announcements.

Oregon ' s Sabrina Ionescu celebrates at the end of a 10-0 run against California late in the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game in (AP) — Brittany McPhee had 18 points and 12 rebounds and scored No. 24 Stanford ' s last four points as the Cardinal held on for a win over No. 16

Muffet McGraw breaks down on Irish struggles

This can’t be easy on Muffet McGraw. It’s so easy to believe the great teams will stay great, that winning will keep coming and that there is no bad season on the horizon. But that’s not reality. What’s real is how much effort and, yes, luck goes into aspects of life on a daily basis. And to have a coach who truly cares is sometimes part of the battle.

For many reasons, it’s not Notre Dame’s year. Filling five starters is a tall task to begin. Then add in transfers and injuries to returning players. But McGraw has a standard for her program, and the Fighting Irish (6-11, 1-4 ACC) haven’t come close to it. The squad’s leader for 33 years became emotional and real after a 34-point loss to N.C. State this weekend and put it upon herself to forge forward.

"I'm gonna find an answer, I'm gonna fix it,” she said to close.

At some point in our lives, we’ve probably had a moment like McGraw had this weekend. She’s a class act who cares about those in her care.

Baylor, Iowa players’ 15-10 games

There was no shortage of news to come out of women’s basketball this weekend, and as such a lot of individual efforts were missed. (Thanks a lot, Sun Devils.)

Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith scored 30 points and 15 rebounds in a demolishing of Oklahoma State over the weekend. The Bears (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) are back in business with Lauren Cox shutting down offenses and a No. 2 ranking in the AP poll. Their one blemish is a loss to South Carolina at Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving, but its hard to fault them for that.

Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle also had a major double-double with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a double-overtime victory against then-12th ranked Indiana. Doyle dropped 21 in a win over ranked Maryland on Thursday night, too, and scored a season-high 33 against Illinois on New Year’s Eve. The 5-foot-9 guard averages 18.1 points per game, top 50 in the country.

NCAAW: UConn ruled the decade. Who will roar into the 2020s?

  NCAAW: UConn ruled the decade. Who will roar into the 2020s? NCAAW: UConn ruled the decade. Who will roar into the 2020s?It was expected because UConn moved into the top spot last week, the third No. 1 team this season, and was idle through the holidays. But it’s also symbolic of the hold the Huskies had on women’s basketball. Some big games in the SEC and ACC on Thursday will help set the stage for this season and might offer a hint for the next decade.

Sabrina Ionescu scores a career-high 36 points and Oregon storms past Stanford to claim the Ionescu was brilliant early, scoring 12 points in the first quarter, and took over late in the third A year ago, Oregon was the surprise of the NCAA tournament making an unexpected run to the regional

Stanford vs Oregon - 3 /04/18. Thread starter Shades. Start date Mar 4, 2018. Stanford has really cooled off, Oregon leading 18-17 after 1Q. Stanford can't buy a 3 . Ionescu has 12 points already.

What to watch this week

No. 3 Stanford (15-1, 4-0) at No. 6 Oregon (13-2, 3-1)

Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

It’s about to get really good. The last meeting between these two was in the 2019 Pac-12 championship game, which the Cardinal won, 64-57. Notably, their double-double performer in that game, Alanna Smith (20 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks), has graduated and Oregon’s high scorer, Sabrina Ionescu (27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal) is back. The Ducks won, 88-48, in the regular season.

The Ducks have one of the best offenses this season, scoring a second-best 86.5 points per game and shooting on average 50.1 percent (first). It was 17 turnovers and a faulty fourth quarter that doomed them against a dangerously defensive Arizona State team over the weekend.

Head coach Kelly Graves voiced concern before the Pac-12 conference opener, telling The Oregonian he thought his team looked a little bored.

“I don’t think we’ve played anywhere near our best basketball this year,” Graves said. "We had one magical night back in November (against the U.S. Women’s National Team) and put it together and played super, super well. Since then I think we’ve at times kind of slept walked.”

Stanford is coming off back-to-back wins against Cal in front of the biggest Bears crowd this season (men’s or women’s). The Cardinal are a deep squad with all but two players averaging double-digit minutes. They’re a group built on defense, which coach Tara VanDerveer preached as a key early in the season, and succeed at stopping that in which Oregon excels.

NCAAW: Pac-12 conference play features 5 ranked teams, but only select group able to see network games

  NCAAW: Pac-12 conference play features 5 ranked teams, but only select group able to see network games NCAAW: Pac-12 conference play features 5 ranked teams, but only select group able to see network gamesUnfortunately, as of right now only one of these games will be seen by a wide audience outside of Pac-12 country. The Sunday game with No. 2 Oregon at No. 3 Oregon State will be televised by ESPN2, but the first meeting on Friday will air on the Pac-12 Network, which lacks the same exposure as other conference TV networks.

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By her own admission, University of Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu deliberately missed a late three -pointer yesterday to collect her 10th rebound Ionescu ’ s 18 triple-doubles aren’t just an NCAA record for women’ s basketball; she holds the overall record, besting BYU’ s Kyle Collinsworth.

Stanford keeps opponents to a 34 percent shooting clip from 2-point range, a problem for the Ducks who average a nation-best 59.2 percent of their points there, per Her Hoop Stats. The Cardinal allow an average 8.9 assists to opponents (sixth), while Oregon averages a second-best 21.4 with a 1.75 assist-to-turnover rate.

Something else to watch out for: stay tuned in at halftime for insight from Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird. Bird played each of these teams this fall with the U.S. national team as part of its exhibition tour. The USA defeated Stanford, 95-80, and lost to Oregon, 93-86.

No. 13 Florida State (15-2, 4-2 ACC) at No. 9 N.C. State (15-1, 4-1 ACC)

Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ACC Network

It’s been a back-and-forth series between the ACC teams since 2012 and they match up well statistically at this point in the season. The Seminoles need another statement win after losses to unranked ACC opponents Syracuse and Georgia Tech within a week of each other. They’re led by Nausia Woolfolk (15.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.0 SPG), Kiah Gillespie (15.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG) and Nicki Ekhomu (14.2 PPG).

Elissa Cunane is the player to stop on the Wolfpack with team-best averages of 17.2 points and 10.6 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. She shoots 63.4 percent, including an 8 of 15 mark from behind the arc (53.3 percent) and hits three-quarters of her free throws. Those are also team-highs along with a total 15 blocks.

No. 12 Texas A&M (14-2, 2-1 SEC) at No. 11 Kentucky (14-2, 3-1 SEC)

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said Chennedy Carter suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of a loss to LSU. It’s unclear if she’ll be ready to play Thursday. The guard averages 21.9 points per game, ranking seventh in the nation. N’dea Jones controls the boards for the Aggies, averaging 10.6 rebounds per game. Only one other player averages more than five.

Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith gets 3-year extension

  Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith gets 3-year extension Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has received a three-year contract extension that would keep him with the Beavers through the 2025 season. © AP Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Oregon won 24-10. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman) Smith, a former Oregon State quarterback, originally signed a five-year deal when he became coach of the Beavers prior to the 2018 season.

Stanford invitational, Stanford , 3 -4 april.

Stanford headed to Final Four after stunning Notre Dame with huge rally. Oregon closed to 34-21 midway through the second quarter, but UConn put the game away by scoring 15 of the Oregon also has a bright future. Coach Kelly Graves' team is led by outstanding freshmen Sabrina Ionescu , Ruthy

For Kentucky it’s Rhyne Howard averaging 23.8 points per game, third-best in the country and the most of any of the Power Five conference schools (plus UConn). She averages a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game and has 36 total steals. The Wildcats like to play behind the arc, shooting 37.9 percent for 14th in the country. Howard is 42.1 percent from 3 and Sabrina Haines contributes by hitting 32 of 72 from 3. Haines averages 10.3 points per game and Chasity Patterson averages 10.6 to complete the only double-digit scorers.

For consideration: Oklahoma at No. 17 West Virginia (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), Georgia Tech at Syracuse (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., ACC), No. 22 Iowa at Minnesota (Thursday, 8 p.m.), Notre Dame at Duke (Thursday, 8 p.m. ACC), almost any game.

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UConn ends decade where it began: No. 1 in women's Top 25 .
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn finished off the decade in the same spot where it began — No. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll. The Huskies received 19 first-place votes on Monday, beating No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State, which both got five first-place votes. South Carolina and Stanford round out the top five. With few games this week because of the holidays, the first 22 teams in the poll stayed the same as the previous week. It's been some decade for the Huskies: five national championships, a total of 17 losses and all 194 weeks ranked in the top five. UConn has been the No.

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