Ionescu, Hebard Named AP First-Team All-America, Sabally on Second Team


EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team dominated the Associated Press all-America teams released on Thursday morning as seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard were both named to the five-player first team while junior Satou Sabally landed on the second team.

The Ducks lead the nation with three selections on the AP first, second or third teams, each of which consists of five players. Oregon is the only school with multiple players on the first team, and South Carolina is the only other program with multiple student-athletes included on the three teams.

With Ionescu and Hebard on the first team and Sabally on the second team, Oregon boasts three of the top 10 players in the country.

Oregon’s three selections are the most in program history, and this is the first time the Ducks have ever had multiple players earn AP all-America honors in the same season. The Pac-12 has five total selections, the most in conference history.

Ionescu was a unanimous selection and is an AP first-team all-American for the third straight year, becoming the first three-time selection in Oregon history and just the eighth player ever to earn AP all-America honors three times. Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore are the only other players to earn first-team honors at least three times.

Hebard joins Ionescu on the first team after earning honorable mention recognition each of the last two seasons, while Sabally earns the first AP all-America recognition of her career.

AP All-America First Team: Lauren Cox (Baylor), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Ryhne Howard (Kentucky), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Megan Walker (UConn)

AP All-America Second Team: Aliyah Boston (South Carolina), Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M), Dana Evans (Louisville), Aari McDonald (Arizona), Satou Sabally (Oregon)
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AP All-America Third Team: Kaila Charles (Maryland), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Kathleen Doyle (Iowa), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina), Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA)

SABRINA IONESCU – Associated Press First-Team All-America

The Pac-12 player of the year for the third straight season and a four-time all-Pac-12 selection, 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. Ionescu scored in double figures 32 times while posting 10 games of 20 points or more and two of 30 points or more, highlighted by a career-high 37-point performance against No. 3 Stanford on Jan. 16. The senior superstar posted a career-best 51.8 field-goal percentage while leading the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage (92.1), and she broke the UO record for consecutive free throws made with 33. Ionescu finished with a career-high 20 double-doubles to tie for fourth-most in the nation, including 14 in the final 20 games of the season.

RUTHY HEBARD – Associated Press First-Team All-America

An all-Pac-12 selection for the fourth straight year along with Ionescu, Hebard put the exclamation point on one of the most efficient careers of all-time 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 had a season-high 31 points with 13 rebounds on Nov. 16 vs. Texas Southern before matching her career-high with 18 rebounds while scoring 30 points on Nov. 28 vs. Oklahoma State, and she erupted for 30 points with 17 rebounds in a top-10 road win at No. 7 UCLA on Feb. 14. 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.

SATOU SABALLY – Associated Press Second-Team All-America

Sabally – who has announced she will enter the 2020 WNBA Draft – is an AP all-American for the first time and an all-Pac-12 selection for the second straight year after averaging 16.2 points and a career-high 6.9 rebounds per game as a junior. Sabally was especially effective throughout Oregon’s 19-game win streak to close the season, averaging 17.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during that stretch. The Berlin, Germany, native racked up a career-high seven double-doubles, including six against ranked teams, and she scored in double figures 23 times in 29 games while posting seven games of 20 points or more. Sabally erupted for a season-high 31 points on Jan. 19 vs. California, and she helped the Ducks clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title with a game-high 27 points on Feb. 24 at No. 4 Stanford. Sabally was named the final Pac-12 player of the week of the season after scoring 22 and 20 points against Washington State and Washington, respectively, in the final two regular-season games of her career. Sabally was especially aggressive attacking the rim as a junior, leading the Ducks by a wide margin with a career-high 144 trips to the free-throw line while shooting career-best 79.2 percent from the stripe.