Hebard, Ionescu Named Wooden Award All-Americans


EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon boasts two of the top five players in women’s college basketball as seniors Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu were both named to the 2020 John R. Wooden Award® Presented by Wendy’s® All-American Team on Wednesday afternoon by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Hebard is a Wooden Award all-American for the first time in her career while Ionescu – last year’s Wooden Award recipient – earned the honor for the third year in a row. Hebard joins Ionescu as the only two players in program history ever to earn Wooden Award all-America honors. Oregon is the only team with multiple student-athletes on the five-player all-America team.

Hebard and Ionescu are now finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball. The other three Wooden Award all-Americans and finalists are Lauren Cox (Baylor), Tayasha Harris (South Carolina) and Rhyne Howard (Kentucky).

The 44th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award to the women’s most outstanding college basketball player will take place Monday, April 6, during the 2 p.m. PT edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.

Also on Wednesday, Ionescu was named a finalist for the Class of 2020 Honda Sport Award for women’s college basketball.

This is the fourth all-America honor for Hebard and Ionescu, who have both been named first-team all-Americans by the Associated Press and the USBWA. Ionescu won the Senior CLASS Award on Tuesday to earn another first-team all-America honor, while Hebard landed on the Senior CLASS Award all-America second team. Both Ducks also completed four-year sweeps of all-Pac-12 honors, with Ionescu winning the conference player of the year award for the third straight season.

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Ionescu has been dominating the end-of-season awards, becoming just the second player in history to unanimously win AP national player of the year while also taking home national player of the year honors from both the USBWA and ESPN.com. Ionescu is also a finalist for the Wade Trophy – which she won last year along with the Wooden Award – as well as the Naismith Trophy. The Wade Trophy will be awarded on Thursday, with the Naismith Trophy winner revealed on Friday.

Arguably the greatest duo in program history, Ionescu and Hebard finished their storied careers first and second, respectively, on the Oregon all-time scoring list, and they are also 1-2 all-time in double-figure scoring games. Of Ionescu’s 1,091 career assists – which rank fourth in NCAA women’s basketball history – 333 went to Hebard, accounting for 33.7 percent of Hebard’s school-record 987 career field goals.

The duo led the Ducks to a 31-2 overall record and a sweep of the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles in 2019-20 before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.

RUTHY HEBARD – Senior Season at a Glance
Hebard put the exclamation point on one of the most efficient careers in NCAA history with another stellar season in 2019-20. The Fairbanks, Alaska, native led the nation with a career-best 68.5 field-goal percentage to break her own UO single-season record, and she finished her career as the Pac-12 and Oregon all-time leader in field-goal percentage at 65.1. Hebard averaged 17.3 points and led the Pac-12 with a career-best 9.6 rebounds per game, and she racked up a career-high 16 double-doubles while leading Oregon with 14 games of 20 points or more and three of 30 points or more. Hebard was named to the Pac-12 all-tournament team after helping the Ducks complete the conference regular-season and tournament sweep, capping her career with 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting against No. 7 Stanford in the championship game.

SABRINA IONESCU – Senior Season at a Glance
Ionescu capped one of the greatest careers of all-time with arguably her best season as a senior. Ionescu matched her own NCAA single-season record with eight triple-doubles to extend her all-time record to 26 for her career, and she became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 career points (2,562), 1,000 assists (1,091) and 1,000 rebounds (1,040). The Walnut Creek, Calif., native led the nation with a career-high 9.1 assists per game as a senior while averaging 17.5 points and a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game, and she was fourth nationally with a 3.05 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ionescu closed her historic career by being named the Pac-12 Tournament most outstanding player for the second time after averaging 23.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in three games, headlined by a 31-point performance in the semifinals vs. No. 13 Arizona. The senior superstar posted a career-best 51.8 field-goal percentage while leading the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage (92.1).