CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, ladies’s school basketball, and different school sports activities for espnW. Voepel started masking ladies’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Steph Curry introduced his younger daughters to see their first ladies’s basketball recreation Friday, and Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu placed on one other terrific efficiency in a 93-61 victory over Cal.
The Golden State Warriors star was available at Cal’s Haas Pavilion with daughters Riley and Ryan — together with many followers clad in Oregon inexperienced — to see Ionescu as she returned to play Friday close to her hometown of Walnut Creek, California.
They witnessed Ionescu’s 25th profession triple-double — 17 factors, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
“It is particular simply having so many individuals who have not seen me get [a triple-double] reside, and be capable to be within the constructing and watch it,” Ionescu stated in a postgame interview with the Pac-12 Community. “However on the finish of the day so long as we’re profitable, that is all that issues.”
Ionescu moved nearer to the two,000-point, 1,000-rebound, 1,000-assist milestone that no Division I participant ever has reached. At 991, she’s now 9 rebounds away; she already has 2,446 factors and 1,029 assists.
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Ionescu might get there on Monday because the No. three Geese tackle No. four Stanford (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN App). She can be scheduled to attend the memorial for Kobe and Gigi Bryant at Staples Middle in Los Angeles on Monday morning earlier than returning to the Bay Space.
Ionescu stated she expects Monday to be “full of feelings.”
“I’ll be attending [the memorial], and simply there to honor them and every little thing that they’ve completed for me,” Ionescu advised the Pac-12 Community.
When Friday’s recreation was over, Ionescu ran to the baseline and embraced Curry and his kids. She has attended Warriors video games for years and the 2 are associates. He stated he is not sure his daughters will play basketball, however he nonetheless sees Ionescu as a task mannequin for them regardless.
“I am certain she by no means thought she’d be on this place … effectively, perhaps she did,” Curry advised ESPN.com of Ionescu’s reputation. “It is superb to see what she’s made from herself. And it is superb what she’s completed on the courtroom. How that is remodeled the eye and consciousness of the place the ladies’s recreation is.”
Curry — who advised the Pac-12 Community it was the primary ladies’s basketball recreation for his daughters — performed simply three video games this NBA season earlier than struggling a fracture of the second metacarpal of his left hand on Oct. 30 that required surgical procedure. He returned to follow this week with Golden State, though he was sporting a no-contact jersey. The Warriors have stated they may replace his standing on March 1; he may return to the courtroom later in March.
“I am working my butt off to attempt to get on the market,” Curry advised the Pac-12 community. “There’s 25 video games left. Hopefully I get to play an excellent quantity of them.”
In the meantime, he took the chance Friday to take a look at the Sabrina Present. Curry additionally advised Pac-12 Community that what he enjoys most about watching Ionescu is her ardour and management.
“Each evening she simply appreciates being on the ground and bringing it,” Curry stated. “Triple-doubles are good, too, however she has all of it.”
As for why NBA gamers equivalent to himself and the late Kobe Bryant appreciated Ionescu’s recreation, Curry stated, “The attention check whenever you see her out on the ground. Stats, they imply rather a lot. However whenever you get to watching any individual and see the fervour that she brings, it is in her eyes.
“The aggressive nature that she has, you possibly can’t educate that.”