STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds and notched her record 26th career triple-double hours after speaking at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service, leading No. 3 Oregon past fourth-ranked Stanford 74-66 on Monday night.
Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 21 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in her first triple-double against a top-10 opponent and eighth overall this season to help Oregon (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) clinch at least a share of its third straight Pac-12 regular-season title.
Ionescu also had a triple-double Friday night at California while playing near her East Bay hometown of Walnut Creek, then delivered her eighth career road triple-double for the Ducks on an emotional day just hours after attending the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.
Ionescu got to 1,000 assists in a win at UCLA on Feb. 14. She had her NCAA-record 25th career triple-double at California on Friday night — also most in the men’s or women’s game. She came into Monday’s game needing nine rebounds for the 1,000 mark.
NO. 2 BAYLOR 64, WEST VIRGINIA 39
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Te’a Cooper scored 17 points and Baylor clinched a share of its 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship with a victory over West Virginia.
Baylor (26-1, 15-0 Big 12) cemented the top seed in the conference tournament and won its 56th straight regular-season conference game.
Baylor also won its 44th straight road game in the conference, the nation’s third-longest such streak in the regular season.
The Lady Bears can clinch the title outright with a win Saturday or with a loss by second-place TCU to Texas on Wednesday.
The teams combined to miss their first 14 shots. Baylor emerged from the lull while West Virginia didn’t.
The Mountaineers managed just 19 first-half points and failed to hit a field goal over a 10-minute span of the second and third quarters.
West Virginia (16-10, 6-9) shot 24% from the floor for the game and lost to Baylor for the sixth straight time.