Hebard plays eight minutes in victorious Oregon Ducks debut

November 15, 2016
Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

And so, it begins.

The Ruthy Hebard Era with the University of Oregon women’s basketball team began in victorious fashion as she came off the bench to play eight minutes in an 84-67 win over Lamar in Eugene, Oregon.

The former Alaska player of the year from Fairbanks scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in her first taste of NCAA D1 hoops.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, also had two steals and one assist. She made 2-of-4 shots from the field.

The 6-foot-4 forward came to Oregon was a highly touted national recruit who scored 2,227 career points in high school and became the first West Valley player in school history to have her jersey retired.

Over the summer prior to her freshman season Hebard played a significant role in helping the U18 national team win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Chile.

“Ruthy is one of the most gifted athletes in the world. Her abilities are so untapped and upside so vast that she can become of the best players in all of college basketball,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves told reporters when Hebard signed with the Ducks.

“I’m excited to see where that future takes her.”