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Oregon star Ionescu, a 'really close friend,' leads Oregon to victory; PMG photos by Jaime Valdez

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A saddened Sabrina Ionescu, who was good friends with Kobe Bryant, is introduced Sunday at Gill Coliseum shortly after learning that the former Los Angeles Lakers star had died in a helicopter crash.The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, cast a huge pall over Sunday's Oregon-Oregon State women's basketball game at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon won 66-57 to sweep the two-game Pac-12 series held over a three-day period.

But both teams, the Ducks especially, were consumed with thoughts of the Bryants, who were among nine dead in a Southern California morning helicopter crash.

"Everything I do, for him," Oregon standout guard Sabrina Ionescu said during a brief postgame televison interview. "(He was a) really close friend. And this season's for him."

Ionescu did not do any other interviews after the game.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon Ducks basketball star Sabrina Ionescu honors the late Kobe Bryant with notations on her shoes for Sunday's game at Oregon State. "This was a tough day," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said.

Graves said Ionescu and Kobe were close personal friends over the past couple of years.

"It was really hard on her," Graves said. "It's like losing a family member."

The Ducks and Beavers observed a moment of silence before the game.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon and Oregon State team members line up at Gill Goliseum for a pre-game moment of silence in remembrance of Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was among seven killed in a morning helicopter crash in Southern California.

  • PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon and Oregon State players greet before the jump to start their game and in the wake of news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash.

  • PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon forward Satou Sabally (right) comforts guard Sabrina Ionescu as they head to the bench at Gill Colliseum.


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