Sabrina Ionescu's greatness cannot be understated. The Oregon Ducks guard is averaging 17.2 points, 8.7 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game, and performs in a way that makes all of her opponents look like they're competing in slow motion. So it was no surprise Friday when she put together a triple-double (15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) against No. 12 Arizona at home. But in the context of her career, and the history of college basketball in general, the accomplishment meant much more than simple proof that she's good at what she does.
First, there's how the triple-double fits in the context of her history against the Wildcats.
Sabrina Ionescu picked up her 24th career triple-double (most in D-I history men's or women's).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2020
It's also her 3rd career triple-double against Arizona, she is the 1st Division I player to ever record three triple-doubles against the same opponent in their career. pic.twitter.com/ReL5wtWQ01
Pretty good. But let's take a step back and see how it fits in the story of her dominance during the regular season.
Wow, that's also pretty darn good. But what happens if we take another step back and see how her line that game helped her stack up against every player in NCAA history.
What about basketball history in general?
Last night Sabrina Ionescu registered the 24th triple-double of her career...— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2020
She now has a triple-double in 18.2% of her games, the highest in NBA/WNBA/NCAA D-I history (min. 50 games). She is slightly ahead of Luka Doncic (17.4%) & Oscar Robertson (17.4%).
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While Ionescu would surely be happy to hear all of these records she's smashing in her illustrious college career, what means even more to her about Friday's performance is that it gives her a special connection to someone who she considered an idol of the game, Kobe Bryant.
There's just no denying it: Sabrina Ionescu is still the best college basketball player in the country.