Hebard, Oregon finish 1-1 on Day 1 of 3×3 Nationals in Vegas

May 3, 2019
Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks kept alive her dream of playing in the title game for the third straight year at the USA Basketball 3×3 National Championships.

She and her team with the University of Oregon finished 1-1 on Day 1 of the tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Ducks beat Michigan 14-11 under the sun and then lost 17-16 to Miami under the lights. They will play the LA Dream Team Saturday in a pivotal pool-play game.

Oregon’s four-player squad is comprised of Hebard, Sabrina Ionescu, Oti Gildon and Lydia Giomi.

The winning team at this year’s national championship will qualify to represent the USA at the Pan-American Games.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, has won 15 of 17 career games in this 3-on-3 tournament.

She was part of the 2018 title team that went 8-0 and was on the 2017 squad that finished 6-1 and reached the finals.

Last year’s group of Ionescu, Hebard, Gildon and Erin Boley won the event and earned the right to represent Team USA at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in the Philippines.

The 6-foot-4 All-Pac-12 forward just wrapped up her junior season at Oregon, where she scored 1,798 career points in 111 games to rank No. 2 all-time among Alaska women at the NCAA D1 level.