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Ducks Earn Pac-12 Top Honors


The University of Oregon’s Women’s Basketball team was already on a high from earning back to back regular season Pac-12 championships this week, and then the team received two esteemed awards from the conference on Tuesday.

Coach Kelly Graves has earned his first Pac-12 Coach of the Year award, while Junior forward Sabrina Ionescu has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Year for a second straight year.

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Coach Kelly Graves earned his first Pac-12 Coach of The Year award and Sabrina Ionescu earned her second consecutive Pac-12 Player of The Year.

Coach Graves tells the Pac-12 Network the honor is appreciated, but he’s looking at the bigger picture. He says “it’s really about the team’s success that- you know that’s what we’re all worried about and working towards, but it’s always nice to get recognized.”

Ionescu set a single season NCAA record with seven triple doubles. Graves says she’s the definition of a great player. “It’s quite an honor for her- she’s earned it- she’s the heart and soul of this team,” says Graves.

Ionescu was joined by teammates Ruthy Hebard, Satou Sabally, and Maite Cazorla as all-Pac-12 players for the season. Erin Boley was named honorable mention all-Pac-12.

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On Friday, the Ducks will face the winner of Thursday’s USC- Arizona match up at the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas. Oregon is an early number two seed for the NCAA tournament that begins March 22nd.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.