Hebard helps Oregon Ducks reach Elite 8 for third straight year

March 30, 2019

The Oregon Ducks may not have been at their best, but Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks was.

The All-Pac-12 forward collected her sixth career double-double in 11 NCAA Tournament games, this time going for 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Ducks to a 63-53 victory over South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 matchup in Portland, Oregon.

The 6-foot-4 junior made 8-of-15 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws and blocked four shots.

It was a much-needed effort on a night when Oregon’s offense wasn’t clicking like normal, with the South Dakota State holding the Ducks way below their scoring average (85.3) and shooting percentage (.504) for the season.

Hebard’s inside presence was the difference.

Not only did she block shots and alter others. She grabbed three offensive rebounds and ran the floor to set up easy looks at the rim.

It’s nothing new.

Hebard is as consistent as they come in the country.

Actually, her numbers improve in the NCAA Tournament compared to her everyday stats:

Scoring
Career 16.3
NCAAs 18.1

Rebounding
Career 8.9
NCAAs 10.0

As a result, Oregon continues to win. The Ducks advanced to the Elite Eight for the third straight year with Hebard in uniform. The Ducks are 9-2 all-time with her on the court in the NCAA Tournament.