EUGENE -- No. 6 Oregon stumbled against Arizona State last week, but that is already a distant memory. They bounced back with a win over Arizona, then welcomed the No.3 team in the nation to town in the Stanford Cardinal. Two of the top teams in the country battled it out for two and a half quarters before Oregon flexed its muscle. Standford trailed 44-42 with 6:00 minutes left in the third quarter, but Oregon turned on the jets and outscored them 43-13 the rest of the way. Behind another impressive performance from Sabrina Ionescu, the Ducks made a statement at Stanford's expense.
Final score: Oregon 87 - Stanford 55
Here are three quick takeaways from Wednesday's win:
1. Sabrina takeover
The G.O.A.T was at it again. In a top 10 showdown, under the ESPN lights, senior guard Sabrina Ionescu recorded 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Just shy of recording her 23rd career triple-double. However, her 37 points were good enough to put her at the top of the all-time scoring list at Oregon.
2. Defense steals the show
How do you take advantage of a home town crowd? Defense. The Ducks finished with 10 steals including two possessions in a row from Ruthy Hebard.
3. Oregon dominated the final third of the game
Stanford trailed by just two points with six minutes left in the third quarter. Then, Oregon flipped the switch. The Ducks ended the quarter on a 21-6 run. Stanford never had a chance after Oregon landed that knockout blow. This team is scary good when the engine is running at full speed.
Up Next: The Ducks host the California Golden Bears on Sunday, January 19. Tipoff is set 2:00 pm.
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Instant Analysis: Oregon makes a statement with blowout win over Stanford originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest