Daily Scoresheet, April 3
Sabrina Ionescu is proving as dominant off the court as she was on it.
On Friday the Oregon Ducks' star picked up her fifth national player of the year award when she was named winner of the Citizen Naismith Trophy presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
She is the first Oregon player to win this award, which was first presented in 1983 to Anne Donovan of Old Dominion.
She is the 24th senior, and fifth in a row, to win the Naismith Award. Ionescu is the eighth Pac-12 player to win the Naismith Award.
Dayton's Obi Toppin won the men's Naismith Award.
The Naismith Award winner is chosen by a panel that includes media who cover women's basketball, current and former head coaches, conference commissioners and former winners of the award.
The Walnut Creek, Calif, native previously won national player of the year honors from the Associated Press (unanimous), ESPN.com and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. On Thursday she was named winner of the Wade Trophy, awarded to the national player of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, for the second year in a row. This week she also was named winner of the Senior CLASS award for Division I women's basketball, an award that recognizes achievement off the court as well as in competition.
Ionescu is a finalist for the Wooden Award, scheduled to be announced Monday. She also is a finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, the Honda Sport Award and the Nancy Lieberman Award as national point guard of the year.
• WNBA postpones season — The WNBA on Friday announced that its season will not start on May 15 as originally scheduled. No new date for training camps or regular-season games was announced.
The league will hold its draft on April 17 (4 p.m., ESPN). Players will attend the draft virtually. Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is expected to go first overall to the New York Liberty, and Ducks' Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard also are projected first-round picks.
• Slocum leaving OSU — Guard Destiny Slocum will enter the transfer portal and leave Oregon State. As a graduate transfer, Slocum will be able to play right away and has one season of eligibility remaining.
She announced her decision on Twitter on Thursday, but did not indicate where she plans to play next season.
In 66 games over two seasons with the Beavers, Slocum averaged 15.2 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
• Cochrane leaving Oregon — Post Lucy Cochrane will enter the transfer portal, leaving Oregon women's basketball after seeing limited time in her freshman season. The Australian is the second Ducks player this week to leave the program, joining fellow freshman Holly Winterburn.
The Ducks front court options next season should include senior Lydia Giomi, redshirt sophomores Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally and five-star incoming freshmen Kylee Watson and Angela Dugalic.
• Cristobal praises Shough — During a Friday media availability, Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal reported that 2020 freshman linebacker Justin Flowe has enrolled and is taking online classes. He said he could not yet comment on reports graduate transfer QB Anthony Brown is coming to Oregon from Boston College.
About the battle to replace Justin Herbert, Cristobal said, "I can't emphasize enough how fired up we are about" QB Tyler Shough, who will be No. 1 on the depth chart when practice resumes.
• McCollum aids Boys & Girls Club — Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has pledged to match up to $70,000 in donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area made between April 3 and April 17. Learn more by visiting http://www.bgcportland.org/CJ.
• St. Helens hetting playground — The Trail Blazers and Moda Health announced Friday that the city of St. Helens beat out Astoria and Sandy in a month-long online vote to receive funding to build an all-abilities playground through the Moda Assist program that donates $20 for every assist by the team during the season.
• Key NCAA soccer vote postponed — A vote on changing the Division I men's college soccer season to a fall-spring format has been delayed indefinitely. The 21st Century Model DI Coaches Committee released a statement Friday that given the uncertainty facing college sports, it will postpone efforts to change the college soccer season from a fall sport to a spring championship event.
The NCAA was to vote on the proposal in late April.
University of Portland coach Nick Carlin-Voigt is a strong proponent of making the change to provide better recovery and better study time for student athletes.
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