If you are a fan of women’s college basketball, you definitely know the name Sabrina Ionescu. The Oregon Ducks superstar guard has the most triple-doubles in NCAA history and just posted yet another one Sunday to help her team advance to the Sweet 16. It’s a shame nobody really knows about it, though.
As if ESPN dropping the ball on the women’s NCAA Tournament bracket wasn’t harsh enough, Ionescu has a scolding message for the World Wide Leader in Sports.
After recording 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists — tying Dwyane Wade for the most points in a triple-double in NCAA Tournament history — in a big win over the Indiana Hoosiers, the 5-foot-11 junior put the sports network on blast for their lack of coverage during the women’s March Madness.
Ionescu let her frustration out to KEZI 9 sports producer Ronald Clark after the 91-68 second-round win at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.
Don’t worry, Sabrina. We got you.
In order to earn her 18th-career triple-double, which is just insane, Ionescu intentionally missed a 3-pointer so she could get the rebound and put another amazing stat line in the record books.
“It’s awesome to get one in the tournament. Probably still won’t get recognized because ESPN never recognizes women’s sports or getting triple-doubles, but I’m just happy I was able to do it in front of the home crowd and with everyone supporting me.”
— Oregon Ducks Junior Point Guard Sabrina Ionescu
Really, she was dominant all game long for the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, much like she has been all year in the Pac-12 Conference.
While the Oregon Ducks men’s team has also advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed and earning a ton of coverage, Ionescu and the women’s basketball team are poised to make a run at a Final Four in the Portland Region.
This time of year, ESPN’s ratings take a backseat to CBS. The men’s NCAA Tournament is on CBS and the women’s tournament is on ESPN.
Perhaps ESPN should start highlighting more of the games they actually have. But if not, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, a future WNBA star, is going to make sure everyone hears about it as long as her team is still dancing.
The Pac-12 Player of the Year and one of the best NCAA women’s basketball players ever deserves it.