Daily Scoresheet, April 6
Had things gone according to script, this would have been the day after the Oregon women's basketball program reached the mountaintop and became national champions.
But, even with that opportunity taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ducks still had plenty to celebrate Monday, when Oregon's "Big Three" again shared the limelight.
In a surprise to nobody, Sabrina Ionescu was named the winner of the Wooden Award as the top player in women's college basketball. It is the second year in a row the Ducks' star has won the prestigious honor.
Also on Monday, Ionescu was named national point guard of the year, Ruthy Hebard was named the power forward of the year and Satou Sabally the small forward of the year.
The Wooden Award, given by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, completes a sweep of the national player of the year awards for Ionescu. Last week, she was named winner of the Naismith Trophy and the Wade Trophy. She previously was named player of the year by the Associated Press, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and ESPN.com.
"To see what she's doing – I don't know how often this has been done where one player sweeps everything. And those that have done it would be considered the icons of the game — and I think you can include her there," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said.
"The only unfortunate part of this is, she doesn't get a chance to validate it with a national championship, like many of the others have. I believe to my core that was going to be the icing on the cake."
In leading the Ducks to a 31-2 record and Pac-12 regular-season and tournament championships this season, the senior from Walnut Creek, California averaged 17.5 points, a career-high 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists a game.
Ionescu is the only player to amass more than 2,000 points (2,562), 1,000 assists (1,091) and 1,000 rebounds (1,040).
During an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter, Ionescu said the highlight of the season was sharing a number of special wins with her teammates.
"We had some great wins. We were able to beat Team USA and beat a lot of top-ranked teams. Just being able to share those moments with my teammates is something that I'll never forget and always cherish," she said.
• Three of the five players on the Naismith Starting 5 team are Oregon Ducks.
Point guard Ionescu, power forward Hebard and small forward Sabally were each recognized as the best in her position this season by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in conjunction with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Ionescu won the Nancy Lieberman Award as national point guard of the year, the third time she has won that award. She joins UConn's Sue Bird as the only three-time winner of the award. Bird won the award from 2000-2002, the first three years of the award.
Hebard won the Katrina McClain Award as the top power forward in the country for the second time. She also won it in 2018 as a sophomore.
Sabally won the Cheryl Miller Award as national small forward of the year.
Arizona's Aari McDonald won the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as shooting guard of the year. South Carolina's Aliyah Boston won the Lisa Leslie Award as center of the year.
• Trail Blazers fate — Fans, you'll have to wait to know the fate of your team.
No decision on the future of the NBA's 2019-20 season will be made until at least May, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated Monday on the league's Twitter account.
"And I don't think that necessarily means on May 1 we will be" in position to consider resuming the regular season and/or starting playoffs, Silver said.
The Trail Blazers (29-37) sit 3 1/2 games out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, as per the normal playoff format.
• NWSL extends moratorium — The National Women's Soccer League has extended its decision to prohibit teams from training through May 5. In a statement, the league said it is targeting a late-June start to its regular season pending further developments with the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Trail Blazers offer PE online — With schools closed, the Trail Blazers and Moda Health are teaming up to present PE classes online using Instagram Live.
The live classes for youths are scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday on the @BlazerCommunity platform. Trail Blazers youth coaches, Blazer Dancers, the Blazers' stunt team and Rip City Crew will be among the featured presenters.
• Golf calendar revamped — As part of a revamped schedule for the 2020 golf season, The Masters will now be played November 12-15. The PGA Championship has been moved to August 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco and the U.S. Open to September 17-20 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.
The British Open has been canceled.
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