That was a statement victory if there ever was one.
When No. 3 Oregon entered Maples Pavilion to face No. 11 Stanford, the Ducks were facing a team they hadn’t beat at home since 1987. Not only that, but the Cardinal were playing some of their basketball of the season, defeating No. 7 Oregon State 61-44 two days ago.
Led by Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon hammered Stanford 88-48 on Sunday afternoon, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games.
"I told everybody all week, 'This team has never lost to Stanford,'" Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said. "What they've done in the years before these kids were born, who cares? We don't talk about it, we talk about the game — and we didn't even talk about this game until yesterday."
Ionescu was sensational, finishing with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, barely missing out on another triple double. She finished 12-of-20 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, calmly dictating the pace of the game in the win.
It was a balanced effort all around as four Ducks scored in double figures.
Ruthy Hebard finished with 18 points (8-of-12 from the floor) and eight rebounds, while Erin Boley added 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point territory.
Satou Sabally, who came into the game leading the Ducks in scoring in Pac-12 play, finished with just 11 points, knocking down three three-pointers. She sat out for much of the first half with foul trouble, but still responded by going 2-for-3 from deep in the second half.
Stanford started the game well, jumping out to a 4-0 lead early. But a Hebard layup followed by a Boley three-pointer ignited a 14-0 run and the Ducks were off and flying.
Leading 29-20 with just under four minutes to play in the half, Oregon found its offensive groove again but ending the half on a 15-0 run for a 44-20 advantage at the break.
"Early in the game we got some good looks and didn't finish at the basket," Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, who's 40point defeat was the worst loss of her career, said. "As it kind of got away, we made one little run early and then it was a train going down the tracks really fast."
Ionescu finished with seven points during that final run, giving her 15 at the half, as Oregon outscored the Cardinal 24-9 in the quarter.
Proof that there would be no letdown despite the lead, Boley knocked down a three-pointer 30 seconds in the third quarter as the Ducks outscored Stanford 44-28 in the second half, playing on cruise control for the entire fourth quarter.
Offensively, Oregon shot 36-for-63 (57.1-percent) from the field in and 12-for-16 (75-percent) from beyond the arc. The Ducks dished out 19 assists to 10 and dominated the glass, outrebounding Stanford 41-26.
But Oregon’s offense was never in question entering the game. That came defensively as the Ducks were known to letdown every now-and-then, allowing teams to stay in games longer than they should.
That wasn’t the case as Oregon held the Cardinal to 19-of-60 (31.7-percent) shooting from the field and 5-of-22 (22.7-percent) from three-point territory.
With the win, the Ducks own a two-game lead in the Pac-12 standings at 12-0 (23-1 overall). Sitting in second place is state-rival Oregon State (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12), whom the Ducks will play in a home-and-home series beginning Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will air on the Pac-12 Network.