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Ionescu, Bandu lead No. 9 Oregon past S. Utah 98-38

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and 12 assists, and Lexi Bando scored 17 points to help No. 9 Oregon overpower Southern Utah 98-38 on Saturday.
 
Ionescu had her fifth double-double of the season and the Ducks (8-1) won their fifth in a row. Ruthy Hebard added 13 points, and Mallory McGwire had 10.
 
Breanu Reid had 11 points for the Thunderbirds (1-8). They have lost five straight.
 
Ionescu did all her scoring in the first quarter and had her double-double early in the third period. After tying Oregon's assists record with 14 against Weber State, Ionescu has 26 assists with no turnovers in her last two games.
 
Bando made 4 of 6 3-pointers, the Ducks were 14 of 26 beyond the arc and finished 36 of 72 overall with 30 assists. Oregon held a 49-30 rebounding edge behind Hebard's nine.
 
The Ducks outscored Southern Utah 31-4 in the second quarter and led 57-16 at the half.
 
The Thunderbirds shot 15 of 56 (26.8 percent) overall and 2 of 16 from 3-point range.
 
BIG PICTURE
 
Oregon swept its five-game homestand and now hits the road to face the first of three consecutive Southeastern Conference teams. After visiting No. 6 Mississippi State, the Ducks host Mississippi before a rematch with Texas A&M in Las Vegas.
 
UP NEXT
 
Southern Utah: Plays its second of five consecutive road games at Grand Canyon on Dec. 18.
 
Oregon: Plays at No. 6 Mississippi State on Wednesday night in its first road game since losing at then-No. 5 Louisville on Nov. 19.


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