Sabrina Ionescu will return for senior season with Oregon

first_imgSabrina Ionescu just finished a remarkable junior season with Oregon. She led the Ducks to their first-ever Final Four appearance in the NCAA Women’s Tournament and broke the NCAA’s all-time (men’s and women’s) triple-double record (18) while also setting an NCAA-record eight triple-doubles in a single season.  Ionescu​ was projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft and many believed she would leave the university early and declare, but Saturday — the day before her decision was due — she squashed those rumors stating she had “unfinished business.”The Pac-12 Player of the Year announced via The Players Tribune she would be returning for her senior season. Related News March Madness 2019: No. 1 Baylor, Notre Dame will meet in the women’s championship game “I bet from the outside looking in, when people see me, and they see this season we’ve had as a team and this season I’ve had as a player — you know, they probably think: she’s gotta go pro. They see Oregon Women’s Basketball playing in the Final Four….. almost making the title game. They see me breaking the triple-doubles record and getting scouted by Kobe me on ESPN+, and all of that. And they think, What an incredible journey. This is as good as it gets.”But the truth is? They’re only half right.”Yes, this has been an incredible journey.”But no, this is NOT as good as it gets.”At the end of her “Letter to Duck Nation,” Ionescu addressed the WNBA saying, “I’ll see you soon. Real soon, I promise.”Ionsecu averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 assists and 7.4 rebounds this season. After helping the Ducks to their second consecutive Pac-12 regular-season title, Oregon fell to Stanford in the conference championship. However, the Ducks rebounded and entered the tournament with the No. 2 seed. They breezed through the first and second round as well as the Sweet 16. Ionsecu​ continued to lead the team to a narrow victory against No. 1 Mississippi State in the Elite Eight only to fall to top-seeded Baylor in the semifinals.She recounted the loss in her letter. “It was one of the toughest losses of my life. I really thought that we had a chance to win that game — and even to win it all,” Ionsecu wrote. “So to make it that far, and then to fall just short..… it was pretty agonizing.​”So like she said, there’s unfinished business.last_img read more