LAS VEGAS — Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and Ruthy Hebard had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 3 Oregon advanced to the Pac-12 tournament championship game with an 88-70 win Saturday night over No. 13 Arizona at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Ducks (30-2) led wire-to-wire during their conference tournament semifinal by making 15 three-pointers and shooting 53 percent (33 of 62) from the floor.
Oregon attempts to win its second conference tournament title in three years Sunday when the Ducks play the Stanford-UCLA winner at 5 p.m.
Ionescu had a near triple-double, as she also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Late in the fourth quarter, Ionescu became the Pac-12 tournament’s all-time leading scorer, with 224 points during her career.
Erin Boley made four three-pointers and scored 18 points for the Ducks.
Arizona (24-7) made Oregon work, as it wasn’t until early in the fourth quarter that the Ducks seized complete control of the game. Wildcats junior guard Aari McDonald was spectacular, scoring 34 points on 14 of 25 shooting.
Boley reached a milestone by scoring her 1,000th career point during the first quarter. Boley is the fifth current Duck to score 1,000 career points.
Oregon led 43-33 in half where the Ducks threatened to run away, but Arizona went to the locker room with some life.
Boley got Oregon off to a quick start, as she scored 10 points during the first four minutes, staking the Ducks to a 14-4 lead. But Arizona got back in it with three-point shooting. The Wildcats hit four three-pointers during the final four minutes of the first quarter to cut the deficit to 23-20.
Arizona got as close as one point on two occasions, but the Ducks had two surges that helped rebuild the lead. The second run, where Oregon ran off 12 consecutive points, put the Ducks in front 42-26. But McDonald countered, scoring five points during the final 30 seconds of the quarter, trimming the halftime deficit to 10.
Oregon continued to threaten a rout during the third quarter, but Arizona dug in. The Wildcats got as close as six points midway through the quarter, but two threes from Ionescu capped a 13-4 run to give Oregon its largest lead at 65-50. But Arizona got back to chipping away, and cut the deficit to 11 by quarter’s end.
The Wildcats couldn’t get closer, as Oregon’s offensive firepower was too much. The Ducks matched a few of Arizona’s early fourth quarter baskets, then saw the lead swell to 18 with 5:15 remaining after Taylor Chavez hit consecutive three-pointers.
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