No argument! Ionescu wins another Player of the Year award
Sabrina Ionescu on Monday became only the second unanimous selection as the Associated Press national player of the year for college women's basketball.
The senior guard from Walnut Creek, California, joins Breanna Stewart in 2016, the only other player to win the AP award by unanimous vote.
"That's pretty crazy. Someone I look up to and have a good relationship with," Ionescu told the AP. "To be in that class with her is an honor."
The AP national player of the year honor is the latest for Ionescu, who was named national player of the year by ESPN.com.
Also on Monday, Ionescu learned she is a finalist for the Amateur Athletic Union's James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete. Liz Brenner (2012, volleyball) is the only other Oregon athlete to be a finalist for the 90-year-old AAU award.
Ionescu is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy. She is on the watch list for the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy, two national awards she won as a junior in 2019. She also is a finalist to win the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year award for the third time.
Ionescu tied her record with eight triple-doubles this season, extending her career mark and NCAA record to 26.
She led the nation with 9.1 assists per game this season. She averaged 17.5 points and a career-high 8.6 rebounds, helping the Ducks to a 31-2 record.
Oregon was ranked No. 2 in the nation behind South Carolina, won the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament championships, and was a favorite to win the national championship before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of COVID-19.
If it takes place, Ionescu is projected to be the first pick in the WNBA draft this spring.
Ionescu is fourth all-time on the NCAA career list for assists (1,091). She is the only player in NCAA Division I history to score more than 2,000 points (2,562) and have more than 1,000 rebounds (1,040) and more than 1,000 assists.
Along with fellow senior Ruthy Hebard, Ionescu led the way over her four seasons as the Ducks became a nationally prominent women's basketball program.
Also Monday, Ionescu and Hebard were announced as first-team All-Americans by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Oregon junior forward Satou Sabally, who has announced she will enter the WNBA draft, made the USBWA second team. The results were the same for the trio in last week's AP All-American team listing.
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