Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ionescu Reaches An NCAA Milestone

Ionescu Reaches An NCAA Milestone

What Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu did on Monday night was something unique.

After the service, Ionescu flew to the Bay Area for the game. "He's looking down and very proud of me and really happy for this moment with my team".

Ionescu came into Monday with career numbers of 2,446 points, 1,029 assists and 991 rebounds.

Ionescu grabbed her ninth rebound of Monday game's during the third quarter against the Cardinal to hit the 1,000-rebound milestone.

"He congratulated us on the win that day and our season up to that point", she said. Since then, it's been one career highlight after another: the No. 3-ranked Ducks handed Team USA a stunning upset in an exhibition game in November (Sabrina scored 30 points against the eight-time Olympic champs), and boast a 26-2 record with the NCAA tournament just around the corner. "Kobe was helping her with that, because he saw it in her, just like he saw it in me".

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Proceeds for ticket purchased to attend the memorial went towards the Bryant family's Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation . Kobe's 33,643 points now put him fourth on the chart, with only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and LeBron James above them.

At Bryant's funeral service, Ionescu spoke of the relationship she had developed with the five-time National Basketball Association champion and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles on January 26.

"I wanted to be part of the generation that changed basketball for Gigi and her teammates. To be, at her age, with all that she has going on, obviously, her connection with Kobe and with Gigi and all the weight of that, and to have to give a speech in front of 19,000 people that are all mourning, it's unbelievable". The last one I sent him said, 'I miss you. May you rest in peace my dear friend.' "The texts go through but no response".

It's become expected for the presumed No. 1 pick in this spring's WNBA draft to do things no one else has. "Sometimes I find myself still waiting".

Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry sat courtside for the second straight game to support Ionescu and women's basketball. "I tried to do everything I could to try and hold it together tonight and my team helped me a lot doing that".

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